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Jon J. Lauckner


Jon Lauckner was named GM Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), effective April 1, 2012. In addition to his role as CTO, Jon remains President, GM Ventures and also responsible for leading GMís Global Research and Development organization.

Prior to becoming CTO, Lauckner was responsible for forming General Motors Ventures, LLC, a separate subsidiary started July 1, 2010. As president, Jon leads a team that makes equity investments in startup companies that are developing next-generation automotive technology.

Lauckner has also previously held the positions of Vice President of General Motors Global Product Planning and Vice President of Global Program Management.

Jon joined General Motors in 1979 and held a number of positions in product engineering, powertrain engineering and product development, including international assignments in South America and Europe from 1992-2005.

Lauckner received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1979. He earned a Master of Science degree in management from Stanford Business School in 1990 through the Sloan Fellowship program and attended the GM-Harvard Senior Executive Program in 2001.

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Sherwin L. Prior


Sherwin Prior was named Managing Director, General Motors Ventures LLC effective September 1, 2010.

Prior to this appointment, he worked on the micro-cap to mid-cap growth platform for NorthPointe Capital, LLC in Troy, Michigan. Sherwin also worked for Morgan Stanley Investment Management in New York as a Senior Associate where he was responsible for investments in the industrials and consumer discretionary sectors of the economy.

His previous experience also includes General Motors Retail Holdings, where he was a Financial Acquisitions Analyst responsible for the valuation of dealerships; JP Morgan Chase, where he was a Commercial Credit Analyst in the Asset-Based Lending Group; and Stout Risius Ross Valuation Consultants in Farmington Hills, where he was responsible for appraising middle-market companies and real estate.

Sherwin is a veteran of the U.S. Army. He received a bachelor of business administration degree in finance from Eastern Michigan University and a master of business administration from the University of Michigan.

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Tony Nausieda


Tony Nausieda was named Investment Manager, General Motors Ventures LLC effective October 1, 2011.

Tony joined General Motors in 2004 and has held several positions with General Motors' Electrification group, including Product Development Team Leader for a hybrid electric all-wheel drive system and application engineer for the Chevrolet Volt drive unit. Prior to this assignment, he was appointed Lead Hybrid Integration Engineer for advanced electric drive units where he supported strategic alliance initiatives with outside OEMs.

Tony earned his master of mechanical engineering in 2004 from the University of California, Santa Barbara where he co-authored several peer-reviewed, technical papers in both mechanical and materials sciences. He received a bachelor of science in engineering with honors from Harvey Mudd College and is currently pursuing his master of business administration.

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Alisyn Malek


Alisyn Malek was named Investment Manager, General Motors Ventures LLC effective February 1, 2014.

Prior to this assignment, Alisyn was an engineering business manager supporting strategy development in GMís Electrification Group and was the lead engineer supporting technology adoption in GMís Infotainment Group. She joined General Motors in 2008, working primarily in the electrification area, focusing on the advancement of charging technologies and leading the early development of the DC charging system for the Chevy Spark.

Alisyn holds bachelor degrees in mechanical engineering and German. She has a master degree in energy systems engineering from the University of Michigan and is currently pursuing her master of business administration through the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. Alisyn is patented and published in electrification technology.

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Rohit Makharia


Rohit Makharia was named Investment Manager, General Motors Ventures LLC effective March 1, 2014.

Since joining GM in 2002, Rohit has been dedicated to developing technologies that enable zero-emissions driving. Rohitís expertise is in fuel cells and Li-ion batteries with a focus on advanced materials and its integration in to systems. Prior to joining GM Ventures, he was assigned to GMís Global Battery Group to develop advanced battery technologies for electric vehicles. Rohit has held senior engineering/scientist, technical management and program management positions. He has championed projects with start-ups and strategic partners to help accelerate the adoption of break-through advanced technologies in high-range, low-cost electric vehicles.

Rohit has a master of science in chemical engineering from the University of Rochester. He has co-authored several peer-reviewed publications/book chapters and holds multiple patents.

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