Mercedes-Benz Mobility AG announced the appointments of two top-level executives of Mercedes-Benz HPC North America, LLC: Andrew Cornelia was named president and chief executive officer, and Christopher Trainor was named chief financial officer, both effective in June 2023.
Mercedes-Benz HPC North America is responsible for the development and operation of the Mercedes-Benz high-power charging network in North America, helping realize the next, essential step forward in Mercedes-Benz’s electrification strategy: Expansion of the overall North American EV charging map to help propel EV adoption to the next levels, the company says.
In their new roles, Cornelia and Trainor will be responsible for the launch and operations of the Mercedes-Benz charging network in the U.S. and Canada. Mercedes-Benz HPC North America aims to open approximately 400 charging stations comprising more than 2,500 high-power chargers to customers of all EV brands throughout North America by the end of this decade, the company says. They will also be recruiting, leading and empowering a new team of employees who will be dedicated to executing the company’s North American ambitions.
Cornelia brings over a decade of experience in electric mobility and charging, and has played a pivotal role in shaping and advancing EV charging infrastructure across the US and globally, according to Mercedes-Benz Mobility AG. At Tesla, he led Strategic Finance for the global charging network, influencing its launch, rapid growth, and move toward open access standards.
Trainor has more than 30 years of experience in corporate finance, including various senior leadership roles at Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA. He joined the Chrysler group in 1994 and has been with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA since 2002.