SEA ELECTRIC TEAM

Tony Fairweather

President & Founder

Tony founded SEA Electric to transform the light- and medium-duty delivery, logistics and work truck market. He launched SEA Electric’s first EV truck prototype in 2017 after five years of product development. His design vision leveraged cutting edge mechanical and software engineering to create the SEA-Drive power system. SEA Electric’s EV power-system continues to push the needle for performance by reducing weight, increasing range and payload resulting in a world-class total-cost-of-ownership. He also established the SEA Foundation, as a way to give back to the community.

Prior to SEA Electric, he spent five years as a Production Manager with Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) and then moved into Management Consulting with Mercuri Urval. Three years later, he capitalized on an opportunity to head business units within TNT Express (in two states), which provided full P&L responsibilities, and invaluable IR and HR experience. After four years with TNT, Tony was ready to explore his entrepreneurial side.

The first business he started was Patico Automotive, which imports, distributes, and supports a range of niche commercial vehicle brands in Australia and New Zealand. With more than 1000 units sold during this period, Patico is now producing some localized product for one of their brands, which is allowing further Australian employment and local component supply.

Tony holds a Mechanical Engineering Degree, a Master of Business in Enterprise Innovation, and a Master of Business Administration in International Business, all from the Swinburne University of Technology.

Mike Menyhart

President - Americas and Chief Strategy Officer

As President – Americas, Mike leads sales, marketing, business development, and after-sales in North, Central, and South America.  Globally he is responsible for IT, sourcing, and supply chain.  

As Chief Strategy Officer, Mike leads the development and execution of SEA Electric’s corporate strategy, including the company’s focus on fleet electrification, advanced mobility, and the alignment of its product and technology portfolio. He also leads SEA Electric’s partnership and merger and acquisition activities.

During his career, Mike has developed deep expertise in strategy, corporate development, P&L management, and change management. He has worked with start-ups, a strategy consulting firm, and Fortune 500 environments to create, build, and drive strategies to grow revenue, enhance shareholder value, and drive market leadership. He joined SEA Electric from Genpact, where he spent more than three years as the Global Growth Leader for the financial services business. Prior to that, Mike worked with Accenture, Fifth Third Bank, and SunTrust (now Truist). He also has a long record of multi-cultural experiences, having worked across the United States, Europe, and Australia.

Mike earned a bachelor’s degree from Miami University (Oxford, OH) and is an alum of the Harvard Business School.

Joseph Greenley

Vice President of Engineering

As Vice President of Engineering, Joseph is responsible for managing new product research and development, evaluating and implementing new technologies, and making sure that engineering meets SEA Electric's corporate goals.

Prior to SEA Electric, Joseph worked with Smith Electric Vehicles based in the United States.  He was part of a team that successfully deployed 500+ electric trucks to several major companies, including FedEx, Frito, and Red Bull. He also led a team in the development of a bi-directional microgrid system that was capable of transferring energy to and from the electric vehicle. Joseph has an extensive electric vehicle background in lithium batteries, battery pack design, high power distribution, onboard charging, electric vehicle service equipment (EVSE), battery management system (BMS), and electrical architecture.  He has led engineering teams to develop multiple new products on electric trucks, including onboard chargers and battery power systems.

Joseph has a Bachelor of Science in Electromechanical Engineering from Loras College.  He has a Master's of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's of Engineering in Systems Engineering from Iowa State University.

Jay Kumar

Senior Systems Engineer

Jay is responsible for electrical systems and model-based software engineering design followed by verification, validation, and integration process to produce optimized electric vehicles.

Before SEA Electric, Jay worked as a Software Engineer in the Wireless Terminal Division at Samsung Electronics in India. He was part of a team that worked on new and innovative mobile phone technologies. His work on the mobile phone texting algorithm resulted in a US patent with Samsung. Jay also worked with Deakin University. At Deakin University, he was part of the industrial prototyping team that worked on new and innovative projects from concept to prototype. His work there has produced one journal paper, two conference papers, and one patent.

Jay has a Bachelor of Engineering in Telecommunication for BMSCE (India) and a Master of Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunication from Deakin University (Australia).

Aidin Farzaneh

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Aidin is responsible for design, implementation, and evaluating the mechanical systems. He also ensures that the mechanical integration between SEA-Drives and gliders are done properly, the new designs satisfy the customers and regulations requirements, and the current systems are improved during the continuous improvement process.

Prior to joining SEA Electric, he was a Technical Inspector of automotive parts for Nissan and Kia brands. He accepted the role of Technical Manager at an investment casting factory that manufactured Peugeot’s gearbox parts. He also taught engineering courses while at Deakin University.

Aidin holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, Mechanic in Solid Design, and MSc of Product Development and Engineering Management from Deakin University. He is in the process of completing his Ph.D. at Deakin University.

Bill Gillespie

President, Asia Pacific Region

Bill Gillespie joined SEA Electric as President Asia Pacific Region in May 2021. His role encompasses the creation of an innovative strategic direction for the company in the fast-growing Asia Pacific area focusing upon maximising the opportunities that are present in the zero-carbon transport world across Asia. He has worked in Japan, France and Korea with Toyota, Hino Trucks, Peugeot, and Nissan and understands the diversity required to operate at both local, regional and international levels whilst producing strong results in that environment.

Over the past 35 years Bill Gillespie has amassed broad experience in all areas of the Australian automotive business in a variety of senior management roles both within the passenger car segments and more recently the truck industry, building brands and the respecting the franchise model whilst ultimately making the business sustainable.

Bill Gillespie is a clear strategic thinker and specialises in the creation of innovative brand strategies matched with cost efficient and successful implementation plans. He also has a strong record of producing business profits within the metrics required.

Glen Walker

Vice President, Asia Pacific Region

As Vice President of Asia Pacific, Glen leads the SEA Electric APAC operational activities including new product, design for manufacture, assembly systems innovation and product distribution channels. Derived from practical industry experience, Glen takes a keen interest in the commercialization of SEA Electric technology in the Truck, Van, and Bus markets.

Glen is an experienced senior executive in the automotive and transport sectors. He had an 18-year career at Kenworth Australia that included roles as Chief Engineer of Kenworth Trucks, and Group Operations and National Sales for Kenworth Australia. He spent 3 years on executive assignment with PACCAR in Seattle. More recently he was General Manager of MaxiTRANS responsible for Freighter, Maxi-CUBE, and Peki brands and CEO of Sargeant Transport, a 130 prime mover and 200 specialized trailer fleet servicing MARS, McCain's, Fonterra, Woolworths, Coles, Aldi, and Metcash.

Glen has a Bachelor of Engineering (Mech) from the University of Melbourne and a Postgraduate in Business Administration from the University of NSW.

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