Drive Software Solutions (“Drive” or the “Company”), a leading provider of fleet management platforms to the Electric Vehicle ecosystem, today announces Board and Executive Appointments coinciding with the opening of the Company’s Swiss Office, new client wins, and further investment from VIVA Investment Partners (“VIP”).

Scott Fulton, Co-Chief Investment Officer of VIP, and a Capital Markets professional with experience in the UK, Switzerland, and the UAE, joins the Board of Drive Software Solutions as Chairman. He will work with Dr Julie Meyer, MBE, CEO of VIP, who led the acquisition of Drive Software Solutions in November 2019, and the subsequent repositioning of the firm towards EV’s, mobility and Europe.

Khasha Mekanik, an experienced technology investor and entrepreneur will be Drive’s Global Head of Business Development, working alongside Rob Gorby, Chief Commercial Officer at Drive since April 2020. Khasha has led a number of investment funds, providing capital to growth-orientated companies. He remains active in this market and brings unparalleled experience in developing companies from finance to revenue. As part of Khasha’s role, Drive is in the process of recruiting more sales managers and function directors due to the demand for its solutions.

Tim Shields, an experienced technologist, who has worked in the financial services, security, and enterprise Saas ecosystems for over 20 years has joined Drive as Chief Technology Officer. Starting his career at Logica PLC, Tim has had technology leadership roles with Money Dashboard, Vehnet, Trendzer, and RSTO. He will be working with Dave Pegg, Director of Technology and Architecture at Drive who has worked at the firm for 32 years.

Drive provides the ODO Dashboard, based on Oracle technology, to Fleet Managers, Electric Vehicle Charging Networks, and Car Rental Companies across Europe with a particular focus on the UK. Post-COVID, Drive has won several new clients as the wider automotive industry shifts to the Mobility Ecosystem, where “use” is the preferred option over “ownership”. Drive is well placed to play a leading role in this shift. It is an established global fleet management software firm with clients in Australia, Greece, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. At present, It has an installed base of 1.5 million vehicles.

Commenting on the developments, Julie Meyer said: “The global automotive industry is changing, and changing rapidly. As a result, Drive is facing a plethora of opportunities to grow and develop. Utilizing the high regard in which Drive is held, the management team’s mandate is profitable growth from a wider base. It will achieve this through a combination of an improved financial structure, a broader geographic footprint, and further applications which address real-world challenges.

Drive is growing fast, and it will require further professional resources to ensure that all appropriate opportunities are captured successfully. The Company is very pleased to appoint Khasha Mekanik and Tim Shields to leadership roles. They bring a depth and breadth of experience which is unrivalled in this market space. DRIVE is keen to recruit more personnel with the experience and vision to turn the Company’s potential into a reality.”

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