BYD Improves Quality and Safety Team with New Leadership
Robert Matute and Peter Hale are the newest names to join the Build Your Dreams Lancaster, California manufacturing team, according to an announcement from the battery and battery-electric vehicle pioneer company, also known for its critical zero-emission initiatives in the region.
“The appointment of world-class quality control and safety experts like Peter Hale and Robert Matute to our team are additional catalysts in our leadership advancement of this innovative and disruptive market,” said Stella Li, President of BYD North America. “We are committed to the highest quality products and experience for our customers as a total solutions provider, and the ongoing, safe workplace for our team.”
Peter Hale brings with him over 35 years of overseas and U.S. public transit and private sector bus manufacturing experience. He will step into the new role as Quality Assurance/Quality Control Manager and oversee BYD’s Quality Management System. A few of the tasks assigned in this position include verifying conformance to customer, internal, ISO 9001, and regulatory/legal requirements, inspection of incoming materials, monitoring, measurement, and review of internal processes.
“Following a lifelong career in the bus transit industry, it would be normal to stand down and reflect on the career experiences that have taken me around the world,” says Hale. “But, I have been an admirer of BYD since their early days, and the innovation level is so exciting. So applying my technical and industry knowledge to their team is one more piece of my journey, and in the evolution of this technology. I am proud to lead a 40-person strong team of quality engineers and inspectors dedicated to keep BYD advancing and at the top of the industry.”
Robert Matute will evolve into his new role as Safety Manager with over 20 years of experience of safety management experience in assessing, designing and implementing safety guidelines. In his most recent role as Safety Project Coordinator, Matute worked to spearheaded the coordination for training of workers on safety law and regulations, conducted job site safety inspections, and managed safety documentation for the Nevell Group.
“My goal is to achieve sustainable, best-in-class, safety performance,” Matute said. “We do this by building a strong unified leadership safety culture that engages and empowers employees at all levels to take ownership in reducing unsafe acts and exposure to accidents and injuries. Our actions and behaviors demonstrate that safety is a core value.”