Car Charging Group Inc., a pioneer in nationwide public electric vehicle (EV) charging services, announced today in Miami Beach that Mike Calise has been appointed as the company's chief executive officer.
As an executive with over a decade of cleantech experience, Calise joins the largest existing owner, operator, and provider of EV charging services.
"The EV charging industry is one of constant change and CarCharging has certainly experienced a great deal of change since its founding six years ago," Michael Farkas, CarCharging's founder and chief visionary officer, said. "We anticipate…the beginning of an amazing chapter in the growth and transformation of our company. We are excited about the energy and experience that Mike brings to the company."
Farkas will continue to serve as chairman of the board.
Calise began his career with Intel Corp. Prior to his appointment at CarCharging, he was responsible for overall North American business for Scheider Electric. Calise founded EVadvise, where he developed the EV Charging infrastructure technology plan for Marin Transportation Authority, and led ClearSpeed, a United Kingdom-based firm, to phenomenal growth in less than four years as its value grew from under $10 million to over $200 million.
“As an EV charging industry executive, I was able to witness the tremendous staying power and consistent expansion of CarCharging's services and footprint during the early development of the EV market," Calise said. “I feel confident that due to the vision set by Michael D. Farkas…the company's growth trajectory will continue as we support auto manufacturers, enterprise customers and consumers that rely on CarCharging and Blink Network to further drive EV adoption."