Leadership Team

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Kevin Czinger
CEO and Founder

Kevin Czinger is the lead inventor, founder and CEO of Czinger Vehicles and Divergent Technologies. He has extensive operating experience and a proven track record of performance in emerging growth technology companies.

Prior to Czinger Vehicles, Kevin was co-founder and CEO of Coda Automotive and Coda Battery. As an Electric Vehicle pioneer and manufacturer, Kevin learned that how we make cars is a bigger economic and environmental problem than how we fuel them. This led Kevin to focus on revolutionising car manufacturing by inventing a new production system that incorporates computational engineering, novel materials, additive manufacturing and automation to radically reduce the materials, energy, and capital needed to build a car.

His work focusing on low emission and high resource efficiency vehicle manufacturing has received a Google’s Solve for X "Moonshot" for its disruptive impact on global transportation and the Petersen Automotive Museum’s inaugural Award for Innovation and Leadership.

Outside the world of automotive technology, Kevin has served as an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs, an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Benchmark Capital and a Senior Managing Director of Fortress Investment Group as an investor and operating partner. He currently is a Member of the Board of Directors of SLM Solutions Group AG.

Kevin is a graduate of Yale College where he was named a National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete and All-American football player.  After graduation, he then served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves.

Today, Kevin continues to serve Yale as a Sterling Fellow, a Member of the President’s International Advisory Council, and a Board Member of the Jackson Institute for World Affairs. Kevin also was a founding board member and funder of Achievement First Schools, one of America’s top performing charter school groups that started out as a single middle school serving inner city students in New Haven. This effort has since grown over 18 years to thirty K-12 schools in Connecticut, New York, and Rhode Island.

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Ewan Baldry
Chief Engineer

Ewan has spent his career working in the high performance automotive and motorsport industry, including roles with Rolls Royce, Bentley, Williams F1, Juno Cars and Ginetta. He has been very fortunate to travel the world with his work, supporting customers racing the cars he has had a hand in developing. This has included participation in the Le Mans 24 hours.

He considers himself a “whole car” guy with a broad range of experience from suspension to aero, powertrain to braking – a Jack of all trades, master of some. He enjoys putting teams together and enabling the team members to explore their creativity and realize their potential.

His greatest passion is in developing the initial concept and layout for a vehicle and then working day to day with the engineering team to make the concept a reality – “there is no greater feeling than seeing a car you have had a hand in, pull away under its own steam for the first time.”

Born and brought up in the UK, Ewan and his family moved out to LA in 2018 to join Czinger Vehicles.

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Jens Sverdrup
Chief Commercial Officer

Formally trained musician, Jens worked his way up the supercar and hypercar business, which is where he’s been for over 20 years. Responsible for creating commercial strategies, PR and marketing, sales networks and building the sales for the likes of Koenigsegg, advising for BAC, Rimac Automobili, Sarolea, Zenvo and many others, as well as having a rich background on the retail and distribution side working with brands like Bugatti, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Pagani, Porsche, Rolls-Royce and Weismann, he now resides at Czinger Vehicles as the Chief Commercial Officer.

Previously Director of Sales and Marketing for Koenigsegg, Jens was involved in all aspects of strategy, sales, marketing and public relations, and he stayed with Koenigsegg through the launch of the Agera S, One:1, Agera RS and Regera models.

Today, Jens is responsible for a world class team of commercial and communications professionals, and he sets the pace of the Czinger brand and all of its commercial outputs, as well as overseeing the sales and dealer networks around the world. 

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David O'Connell
Chief Design Officer

Southern Californian native, David graduated from ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena. His career started with Peugeot Citroën with assignments in Coventry, England and Velizy, outside Paris, France. He left France and returned to Los Angeles where he opened the R & D centre for Mitsubishi Motors, spending over two decades creating production and concept cars for both North American and global markets. David has also served as adjunct faculty at ArtCenter for many years, in both the undergrad and non-degree public programs.

David, or Dave, is now the Chief Design Officer at Czinger and is responsible for the overall design team in Los Angeles, California. 21C’s iconic in-line seating and additive manufactured parts are all inspired by David, and he’s seen the development of the first car in 2017 through to the current track and road-based versions in 2020. Under Dave’s wing is a team of bright and budding design stars, who are not only working on exterior, interior, CMF, computationally-developed designs, but also the direction of the company’s brand, image and identity.

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Jon Gunner
Chief Technical Officer

While Jon’s work speaks for itself, his journey to Los Angeles has been via some of the most exciting hypercar and supercars for companies all over the world.

London, UK born and bred, Jon initially planned to follow an art and design career however he quickly felt it lacking substance and transitioned to aerospace engineering, which he was also passionate about.

Today, he heads-up the engineering and development team at Czinger, and has been in California for over four years.

At Koenigsegg, he was Technical Director and worked on the engineering and development for 11 years. This was his second stint in Sweden, with earlier assignments seeing him transition from aerospace at Saab aircraft to Saab cars in the Nineties, following his passion for automotive engineering.

Before that, Jon worked on the 2005 Ford GT program in Detroit as well as several niche vehicle programs for Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz, after spending the first ten years on advanced aerospace and spacecraft programs including Airbus and the European Space Agency. Jon feels his early interest in art and design coupled with his aerospace and advanced materials background laid the path for his current hypercar passion.

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Lukas Czinger
VP of Operations, Automation and Manufacturing

Lukas Czinger is the VP of Operations, Automation and Manufacturing at Czinger Vehicles and Divergent 3D. He directly leads and manages the automation team, manufacturing team, and race technician team, while also working alongside the executive team on company operations. Lukas is recognized for conceiving and developing the Divergent Automated Assembly System. He is an inventor on 30+ patent filings, notably, the lead inventor of fixtureless assembly used to produce the 21C chassis.

Lukas has been with Czinger Vehicles and Divergent for 4 years giving him the opportunity to build the exceptional automation and manufacturing team one recruit at a time. He is motivated to continue innovating, solving complex problems alongside his team, scaling a production system that will significantly impact the global economy and environment, and launching the revolutionary 21C hypercar. 

Ahead of his time at Czinger Vehicles and Divergent, Lukas had a stint in finance at Centerview Partners, Northwoods Capital, and Williams trading. He attended Yale University earning a degree in electrical engineering and playing as the starting right back on the division 1 men’s soccer team. Lukas is a certified program management professional (PMP) and holds a certificate in Management from Harvard Business School Online. He is a dual US, German citizen, born in London, but calls Los Angeles home. Outside of the office Lukas actively pursues his interests in painting, mountain biking, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.

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Wendy Cheng
Chief of Staff

Wendy Cheng is the Chief of Staff at Czinger Vehicles and Divergent 3D.  Over the past five years, she has been driving strategic initiatives and priorities on behalf of the Executive team, overseeing and supporting on all business operations including marketing & PR, fundraising, investor and customer relations, HR and corporate events.  Wendy works cross-functionally amongst various teams within both organizations, creating cohesion and connecting the dots for improved efficiency and communication.

Wendy spent her career in start-ups and tech companies working in various operational and consulting roles, notably at Citrix, TaskUs, Dun & Bradstreet Credibility Corp.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from Brown University and an international MBA from INSEAD in France.