MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bird Global, Inc. (NYSE:BRDS), a leader in environmentally friendly electric transportation, today announced the appointment of John Bitove as Chairperson of the Board of Directors, replacing Travis VanderZanden, who has decided to step down to pursue other ventures, effective immediately.
“John is stepping into his new role with the full support of management and the Board,” said Shane Torchiana, CEO, Bird. “At the same time, we are grateful for Travis’s incredible contributions over the years to Bird as both the Founder of the company and Board Chair. He has made a lasting impact on the micromobility space and will be greatly missed by everyone at Bird. The Board and the management team fully support his decision and we wish him all the best as he pursues new opportunities.”
“I’m filled with gratitude for the incredible journey at Bird and I leave knowing that the talented team, including John and Shane, will carry the torch and achieve even greater heights. I’d like to thank all the employees and partners for their dedication and help along the way. This was not an easy decision, but ultimately I’m excited to get back to my entrepreneurial roots and incubate some new ideas. We are fortunate to have someone of John’s stature to lead our Board during this pivotal time in the company’s path to profitability. As one of the largest shareholders, I am fully supportive of John as the new Chairperson of the Board,” added VanderZanden.
Bitove has served on the Bird Board since January 2023. He is the Chairman and co-founder of Bird Canada, and investment company Obelysk. Obelysk brought SiriusXM satellite radio to Canada and is a major investor across a portfolio of businesses. Bitove was also the founder of the Toronto Raptors of the NBA. In addition to Bird, Bitove also serves on the boards of a number of private companies and charitable foundations. He holds a B.S. in Marketing from Indiana University, and L.L.B. from the University of Windsor.
“I am excited to step into this new role as Chairperson and continue working with my fellow Board members and the Bird leadership team during the company’s next chapter of growth. The energy and enthusiasm of the Board has been incredible since I joined early this year. We’re all passionate about Bird’s prospects and supporting the company in its mission to provide clean, equitable transportation alternatives in cities around the world,” added Bitove.
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Bird is an electric vehicle company dedicated to bringing affordable, environmentally friendly transportation solutions such as e-scooters and e-bikes to communities across the world. Founded in 2017 by transportation pioneer Travis VanderZanden, Bird’s cleaner, affordable, and on-demand mobility solutions are available in more than 350 cities, primarily across the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and Australia. We take a collaborative, community-first approach to micromobility. Bird partners closely with the cities in which it operates to provide a reliable and affordable transportation option for people who live and work there.
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