UBJ interviews Ryan Popple, CEO of Proterra.
Ryan Popple, 39, led an Army tank platoon, got an MBA at Harvard, and worked at Tesla, the electric car company, and Kleiner Perkins, a venture capital firm, before joining Proterra, a manufacturer of battery-powered transit buses, as CEO.
In 2010 Proterra came to Greenville from Golden, Colo., as a startup venture. Later, the company moved its headquarters to the San Francisco area and opened a second plant in the Los Angeles area. It has reported raising $345 million from investors.
Greenville continues to be Proterra’s East Coast base, home to its largest factory, vehicle engineering department, and more than half of its 300 employees.