Electric vehicle (EV) fast charger manufacturer, Tritium, appoints Rob Topol as its next chief financial officer

Tritium DCFC Limited, a global developer and manufacturer of direct current fast chargers for electric vehicles (EVs), has announced it has hired Rob Topol as its new chief financial officer (CFO). 

Topol is a former Intel executive with more than 20 years of financial experience in manufacturing and supply chain. He will work alongside current Tritium CFO Michael Hipwood until the company’s earnings announcement for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2022, which is expected to be released in September 2022. 

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Michael Hipwood, Tritium’s outgoing CFO, said: “Working with Tritium has been the highlight of my career. In the past four years, we have launched multiple new product lines, expanded into new markets, built a new factory in the US, and became a publicly traded company. 

“I’m looking forward to working with Mr Topol to support a smooth transition of the finance organisation and to complete the June 30 fiscal year earnings announcement before I wrap up. With Mr Topol’s help, Tritium will be extremely well-positioned to scale their manufacturing operations globally to meet skyrocketing demand.”

Topol has extensive experience as an executive at Intel, where he served as a finance leader and business executive for more than 20 years. During his time at Intel, he led strategy for the 5G and Next Gen wireless technologies business division. 

He served as CFO for Intel’s global supply chain organisation, served as CFO for Communication and Devices based in China and has experience as a financial controller. Plus, he has many years working in senior manufacturing finance roles.

During his time at Intel, Topol drove more than $4 billion of savings in capital investment through supply chain optimisation, dual source for equipment and contract manufacturing. 

Rob Topol Tritium’s new chief financial officer

His most recent role with Intel was CFO and vice president of the Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics business. Here he managed revenue, cost and reporting for the graphics and high-performance computing business, including Intel ARC, Xeon HPC, data centre GPU and blockchain products.

Jane Hunter, Tritium CEO, said: “It’s been a pleasure to spend the last three years working alongside Tritium’s current CFO Michael Hipwood, maturing the business and successfully listing it on the Nasdaq, whilst maintaining our number two market share globally in the EV fast charging space.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Rob Topol to Tritium’s leadership team. He brings a wealth of financial expertise in electronics manufacturing and supply chain, from the highly relevant semiconductor industry. 

“Rob has more than 20 years of senior leadership experience working in a US listed company with a global footprint. His combined technical and financial expertise will support Tritium’s global scale and growth over the coming years.”

Rob Topol, Tritium’s incoming chief financial officer, said: “I am excited to join Tritium to help support the Company’s rapid growth trajectory around the globe.

“EV fast charging is one of the fastest-growing segments in green-technology and Tritium is perfectly positioned to lead the field with its technical expertise, innovative products and strong international partnerships. I’m thrilled to help shape the future of Tritium as the Company continues to scale.”

Ian Osborne
Ian Osborne
Editor-in-Chief at ElectricDrives

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