EV maker ELMS’ CEO, chairman resign after probe into their share purchases

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The logo to U.S. commercial electric vehicle maker Electric Last Mile Solutions (ELMS) is seen on the side of its electric Urban Utility van

– Electric Last Mile Solutions Inc, a maker of battery-powered delivery vehicles, said on Tuesday that its top two executives had resigned following an investigation into their share purchases, sending its shares tumbling 24%.

The company said the investigation by a special committee of the board showed that shortly before it announced an agreement to go public in December 2020, some executives, including Chief Executive James Taylor and Chairman Jason Luo, purchased equity at substantial discounts to market value without obtaining an independent valuation.

Board member Shauna McIntyre, a former chief of staff at Google’s consumer electronics division, was named interim CEO, while former Intel chief Brian Krzanich was named non-executive chairman.

The Michigan-based electric vehicle maker also said its financial statements as of Dec. 31, 2020 and the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2021 would be restated.

(Reporting by Raghavi Kasa in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D’Silva)

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