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New managing director for OVO Drive

Date: 22 March 2021   |   Author: Sean Keywood

OVO Energy has appointed Chris Russell as managing director of its OVO Drive division.

He will be tasked with expanding OVO's current EV offering, and introducing new products and services, as well as developing new partnerships and routes to market, and integrating technology from OVO's intelligent software business Kaluza.

Russell was previously co-founder and managing director of Tonik Energy.

He said: "I'm delighted to be joining OVO at such a pivotal moment. OVO's brand, scale, people and capabilities mean we are well placed to lead the way in the EV market. 

"I look forward to working with the team to make EVs a core part of the OVO proposition, 'plan zero' strategy, and everyday life. 

"OVO Energy has already built a unique electric vehicle capability as a front runner in vehicle-to-grid and flex technology with Kaluza. We have the opportunity to further leverage these assets to create simple, compelling and differentiated propositions for EV owners."

OVO Energy and Smart Home CEO Ben Blake said: "Chris was ahead of the pack in the EV space when running Tonik Energy, and we're incredibly lucky to have Chris join us and bring a wealth of experience in the energy sector to OVO. 

"We have an opportunity to decarbonise the energy sector and accelerate the electrification of transport. Chris will play a critical role in exploring those possibilities for our members."