Jonathan Read, President and CEO of ECOtality, Inc, is an entrepreneur, experienced brand manager, international developer and licensor with a passion for the discovery and realization of clean technology solutions. Over the last 30 years, Read has grown corporations in various markets through global licensing agreements, strategic partnerships and creative management guidance.
At ECOtality, he brings his executive management experience to the team. He is instrumental in shaping the direction of the company with a vision to transform nascent clean technologies for global commercial adoption through commercialization and licensing agreements.
Prior to founding ECOtality, Read was the founder, former Chairman and CEO of Park Plaza International (Park Inn International/Park Plaza Worldwide). Read grew the hotel chain from just four hotels to a leading global hotel group focused on licensing and joint ventures with operations in 32 countries. In 2003, he sold the companies to Carlson Hospitality and Golden Wall Investments in 2003.
Read also served as Chairman and CEO of Shakey’s International from 1984 to 1989. After further expanding the business into a worldwide franchise and licensing group with operations in the United States, Southeast Asia, Japan, South America, Mexico, Europe and the Caribbean, Read sold the global corporation in 1989.
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