Wallbox appoints Francisco Riberas to post-merger combined company Board of Directors
BARCELONA, SPAIN / WESTBURY, NY – July 22, 2021 – Wallbox, a leading provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions, today announced its appointment of Francisco Riberas to the Wallbox Board of Directors upon completion of Wallbox’s business combination with Kensington Capital Acquisition Corp. II (“Kensington”) (NYSE: KCAC), which is expected in the third quarter of 2021.
Riberas is currently the Executive Chairman of Gestamp, a Spanish international automotive engineering group dedicated to design, innovation and the manufacturing of metal components for automobiles in 21 countries. Mr. Riberas founded Gestamp Automoción in 1997 and served on its Board of Directors since its inception, bringing nearly 25 years of experience in advising companies in the automotive and sustainability verticals to Wallbox. Riberas also sits on the management bodies for a variety of other companies within the family group as well as companies outside of this group such as Telefónica, CIE Automotive and General de Alquiler de Maquinaria (GAM).
“We are honored to add Francisco Riberas to Wallbox’s Board of Directors and to bring his vital industry insights and expertise to our organization,” said Enric Asunción, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Wallbox. "Francisco’s dedicated background in the management and advisement of organizations in the automotive space, with a core focus on innovation and sustainability initiatives, will help us further expand our leading position in smart charging and energy management solutions and ultimately promote the transition to greener transportation and energy solutions worldwide.”
“The future of the automotive industry lies in the hands of organizations that are dedicated to transformation,” said Francisco Riberas. “As a leading provider of cutting-edge solutions, Wallbox is a key innovator in the future of transportation and electric vehicle charging. I look forward to the opportunity to draw upon my experience and further their mission to drive more sustainable practices for the industry as a whole.”
Justin Mirro, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Kensington, added, "Naming Francisco Riberas to the board is indicative of Wallbox’s leadership in the space. His hands-on experience with designing, analyzing and improving the manufacturing processes for automobiles on a global scale will play a vital role in helping the company continue to expand into new markets and territories, and will be a fantastic addition to the combined company’s board.”
Wallbox is a global company, dedicated to changing the way the world uses energy in the electric vehicle industry. Wallbox creates smart charging systems that combine innovative technology with outstanding design and manage the communication between vehicle, grid, building and charger. Wallbox offers a complete portfolio of charging and energy management solutions for residential, semi-public and public use in more than 60 countries.
Founded in 2015, with headquarters in Barcelona, Wallbox’s mission is to facilitate the adoption of electric vehicles today to make more sustainable use of energy tomorrow. The company employs over 500 people in Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
Wallbox and Kensington announced a business combination in June 2021 that is expected to result in Wallbox becoming a publicly traded company on the NYSE under the ticker symbol “WBX”.
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Kensington Capital Acquisition Corp. II (NYSE: KCAC) is a special purpose acquisition company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, stock purchase or similar business combination with a business in the automotive and automotive-related sector. The company is sponsored by Kensington Capital Partners (“KCP”) and the management team of Justin Mirro, Bob Remenar, Simon Boag and Dan Huber. The company is also supported by a board of independent directors including Tom LaSorda, Nicole Nason, Anders Pettersson, Mitch Quain, Don Runkle and Matt Simoncini. The Kensington team has completed over 70 automotive transactions and has over 300 years of combined experience leading some of the largest automotive companies in the world.
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