Virgin Hyperloop has nominated current CFO Raja Narayanan to be its interim CEO. He will take over from Josh Giegel, who is also the founder of the company. Narayanan will continue to be CFO.
Josh Giegel (pictured left on the cover image) remained the last executive from the original Hyperloop team and the media referred to him as “hyperloop’s true believer — and its best hope“.
Raja Narayanan holds a master’s degree in computer science from University of Louisiana, Lafayette, and dual bachelor’s degrees in engineering and physics from the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru and the University of Chennai. He is a co-author of six wireless networking patents that have been granted by the US patent office.
Raja was appointed the CFO of Virgin Hyperloop slightly more than a year ago. Before joining Virgin Hyperloop, Raja was at Hyundai-Aptiv Autonomous Driving Joint Venture, focused on commercializing L4 autonomous driving technology. He was part of a broader executive team at Aptiv that led to the creation of the joint venture (JV) valued at $4 billion.