After gaining degrees in both Economics and Aeronautical Engineering, Mr Forster joined Management Consultant McKinney’s. In 1986 he moved to automotive with BMW AG where over the next 10 years held various positions, the last one as Vice President before being appointed Managing Director BMW South Africa (Pty) Ltd.
The board has been deliberately chosen to combine a cross section of successful leaders from not only an automotive background, but proven skills in entrepreneurial technology start-ups together with strong financial, legal and commercial credentials. The four directors bring together a fully integrated and focused “go get” team approach with all the relevant experience to succeed.
Andy formed AGT Strategic Consulting in 2007. While Andy provided consultancy to the respective boards of both Intelligent Energy Holdings plc and Group Lotus, he developed the total business proposition for the new lightweight extended range electric vehicle delivery van. Andy then facilitated the formation of Emerald in 2011 to fully commercialise the proposition. He serves as a Director of Emerald.
Rian Urding was appointed as Chief Executive Officer for Emerald Automotive North America in January 2016. Rian will oversee all the company’s strategic growth and expansion in the United States.
In March 2012 Rian Urding, an ICAEW chartered accountant, was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Emerald Automotive, a vehicle manufacturing company which has designed and developed an all new, lightweight, low to zero emissions, series-hybrid electric commercial vehicle for the global fleet market. In February 2014 Rian was instrumental in selling the entire business to Chinese auto-maker Geely, owners of the Volvo Car Corporation, the London Taxi Company and Lotus Cars.