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NextEV Names Former Cisco Executive Warrior to Lead Tesla Chase

  • Chinese startup raising $1 billion for 2016 electric supercar
  • Tencent-backed NextEV to tap China carmakers for manufacturing
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Padmasree Warrior Takes On Elon Musk

NextEV Inc. named Padmasree Warrior, Cisco Systems Inc.’s former technology chief, to lead U.S. operations as the Chinese electric-car startup takes on Tesla Motors Inc.

Warrior, 55, will be U.S. chief executive officer and head of development for software and the user experience, NextEV said in a statement Wednesday. One of Silicon Valley’s leading advocates for women in tech, she left Cisco in September and joined Microsoft Corp.’s board of directors this month.