Spiro is pleased to announce the appointment of Kaushik Burman as Co-CEO starting effective on the 14th of Aug 2023, serving alongside Jules Samain (Board Member and Co-CEO). As Spiro accelerates the transition of EVs across the African continent, and aspires to become a leading integrated advanced technology platform, offering a differentiated value proposition to its customers, by combining digital, entertainment and energy as service, the appointment of Kaushik significantly strengthens Spiro’s leadership.
Kaushik worked as GM (Gogoro Inc) & MD at Gogoro India, a NASDAQ listed electric mobility & battery swapping infrastructure company, which is world’s largest electric scooter and battery swapping company and led its global expansion in Indonesia (Gojek), Philippines (Globe / Ayala JV), Korea (Bike Bank) and built Gogoro in India. Prior to joining Gogoro, he worked at Shell plc across Europe and Asia, leading diverse teams in sales, marketing and customer operations. At Shell, he was a founding team member of DLNG, (Liquified Natural Gas for B2B transport fuel), developed the Go-To-Market strategy & execution of DLNG and was the GM of Shell Fleet Solutions (Singapore & Indonesia).
Kaushik holds an INSEAD Full-time MBA (2011). He has also completed advanced technology & policy program from Harvard Kennedy School. He is a trained Mechanical engineer from Univ College of Engineering (OU, Hyderabad) with Distinction, and, has an MBA from FMS Delhi.
Board Member and Co-CEO Jules Samain commented, “Spiro has nearly 10000 motorcycles today and more than two million swaps in only 13 months of operations, created hundreds of jobs, and our services have positively impacted thousands of customers in Benin, Togo, and Rwanda. I welcome Kaushik to the team and we join hands together in taking SPIRO through its next phase of growth to hyperscale in Africa as well as globally.’’
Lee Breheny, Head of Global Communications
Spiro is a leading electric motorbike manufacturer and clean energy provider in Africa. Spiro’s mission is to address the climate emergency, improve public health, and stimulate economic growth in the region by replacing fossil fuel-based vehicles with clean, efficient, and affordable electric alternatives. With a growing presence across Benin, Togo, Rwanda, and Uganda, Spiro is at the forefront of sustainable transportation and the e-mobility revolution in Africa.