Zoox, a self-driving car startup valued at $3.2 billion last July, has picked longtime Intel executive Aicha Evans as its new CEO, The Wall Street Journal reported. Ms. Evans spent 12 years at Intel and was named chief strategy officer in 2017, a role that included oversight of the company’s efforts to develop chips and software for self-driving cars. The hire ends a CEO search that began last August after the departure of Zoox’s former leader Tim Kentley-Klay, who later announced he’d been fired.
At Zoox, Ms. Evans will be leading a startup that is trying to build both the software that powers self-driving cars and the vehicles themselves. Some industry watchers feel this strategy, which began under Mr. Kentley-Klay, is overly ambitious compared with competitors like Waymo, Tesla and Uber.