Board of Directors

XL Hybrids is a privately held company funded by investments from successful entrepreneurs and executives in automotive, energy, finance, manufacturing, advertising and other industries.


Bill Aulet, Managing Director, MIT Entrepreneurship Center

Bill Aulet is a highly accomplished business leader with a track record of success over 25 years. He has raised more than $100 million in funding for his companies and directly created hundreds of millions of dollars of market value. He started his career with 11 years at IBM, culminating in being named a prestigious MIT Sloan Fellow in 1993. Upon graduation in 1994, Bill became a serial entrepreneur running two MIT spinouts as the President/CEO of both Cambridge Decision Dynamics and then SensAble Technologies. The latter became a two-time Inc. Magazine 500 Fastest Growing Private Company. With a presence in more than 20 countries, SensAble also won over two-dozen awards and was featured in Fortune Magazine, BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal and many other publications for its innovative products and strong business foundation

Bill also serves on the board directors or advisors of a number of highly innovative companies. Bill conceived, developed and teaches a new graduate level class called "Energy Ventures" at MIT exploring the new brand of entrepreneurship and innovation required to meet the energy challenge.

Bill Aulet graduated in 1980 from Harvard University with honors in engineering. In 1994, Bill earned an Master's degree in business management from MIT Sloan School of Management as a Sloan Fellow. Bill is a former professional basketball player who is married with four sons and lives in Belmont, Massachusetts. He is a regularly featured speaker at management leadership programs around the world on topics such as entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, entrepreneurial marketing, technology innovation, creating sustainable rapid profitable growth, financing strategies and operational excellence. He is also a contributor as an Xconomist on these subjects to the popular and respected blog. Bill is also the Chairman of the MIT Clean Energy Prize.


Tod Hynes, President & Founder, XL Hybrids

Tod manages XL Hybrids’ corporate strategy and operations. He also recruits the company’s team of employees and advisors and coordinates relations with key customers, stakeholders and investors.  He lectures at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he has taught the graduate course “Energy Ventures” for four years.  Tod was the director of alternative energy at Citizens Energy for five years and started that company’s wind development business.  Before working with Citizens Energy, Tod founded a consulting and engineering company in the distributed power generation market.

Tod also co-founded the MIT Clean Energy Prize and co-chaired the Energy Committee of the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Conventions (CERC), the organization that greened the 2004 U.S. presidential Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee.  He has a Bachelor of Science in management science from MIT.


Richard Canny

Richard Canny is President of Electric Transport Advisors LLC, a boutique consulting firm bringing together some of the world's leading experts in the electric vehicle space.  He was formerly CEO of Norwegian electric vehicle developer THINK.  He joined THINK in 2008 and was CEO of THINK Global and THINK North America from October 2008 to October 2010, and was Vice Chairman of THINK North America until January 2011.

During his time with the company, THINK was rescued from near collapse by completing a major operational and financial restructuring. THINK shut its production plant in Norway and started production in Finland with contract manufacturer Valmet Automotive. THINK began European sales where the THINK City became one of the leading vehicles in the EV market. In North America he refurbished a small assembly plant in Elkhart, Indiana and commenced local final assembly.

Prior to joining THINK, he accumulated a wealth of automotive experience from a 25 year career at Ford Motor Company where he held key leadership roles in all the world’s major automotive manufacturing regions. He began his automotive career in 1983 within the manufacturing operations of Ford Australia in Melbourne. After rising through the ranks in Australia, he was promoted to a marketing role in Ford’s Headquarters in Michigan, USA before becoming Managing Director of Ford Malaysia.In 2001, Richard was appointed President of Ford Argentina, a position he held throughout the region’s economic crisis, after which he was appointed President and CEO of Ford South America – a multi-billion dollar business with more than 10,000 employees and seven manufacturing facilities.From 2004 to 2008, Richard was Director of Global Strategic Planning at Ford’s World Headquarters in Michigan, USA.  

Richard was born in South Australia and graduated from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology with a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A).  He is married with five children and lives in Michigan, USA.


Special Advisors


Justin Ashton

Justin, the former VP Business Development and a Co-Founder of XL Hybrids, led market strategy and new product planning and served as the head of strategic accounts, developing key customer and partner relationships. Prior to co-founding XL Hybrids, Justin founded NanoPur, a startup commercializing disruptive membrane technology for water desalination markets. NanoPur was a finalist in the MIT Clean Energy Prize. Justin has also advised a number of companies in the transportation, water, biofuels and electric utility sectors, as well as venture capital firms and angel investors looking to invest in clean energy technology companies. Previously, Justin served six years as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force, leading multinational teams and managing intelligence operations in 26 countries. Justin earned his Master of Business Administration from MIT Sloan and bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and Latin American studies from the University of California, San Diego.

Neal Brenner

Neal, the former Director of Engineering at XL Hybrids, led product engineering and the development of fleet data analytics capabilities from the concept stage through the initial commercialization. Previously, Neal worked at Texas Instruments in the field sales organization, where he was responsible for microcontroller products with more than 500 customers. Neal studied electrical engineering and computer science as an undergraduate student at MIT, and earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago, where he was a Siebel Scholar.

Ed Tekeian

Ed is the former Vice President of Engineering for three Boston technology startups,  Brontes Technologies (acquired by 3M in 2006), Zmed (acquired by Varian Medical Systems in 2003) and Alchemy 3D (acquired by SynaPix in 1999). Recently, he has been a technical adviser for Harvest Automation and is working on healthcare IT for care delivery. He has led product development for 3D imaging systems, unique hardware/software hybrids and networks of medical devices. He holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Columbia and Master of Science in computer science from Tufts.