Unrivaled Experience and Expertise

Coast Autonomous Executive Management Team
David M. Hickey

David M. Hickey

Chairman and CEO

David M. Hickey is a business and legal executive who has spent most of his professional career at the cross-sections between business, technology, and the law.  For more than 20 years, David has opened and managed offices in the US, UK and Asia. In addition to serving as the Managing Partner of Hickey Smith LLP, David Hickey serves on the board for a variety of companies, including companies in the transportation sector. Throughout his career, David has leveraged technology to design and implement process-based solutions to create efficiencies and reduce both systematic and asystematic risks. David received an undergraduate degree in Finance and Economics from Georgetown University and a law degree from Stanford.

Adrian Sussmann

Adrian Sussmann

President and Board Member

Adrian Sussmann has over 25 years of business and management experience. He has worked with Pierre Lefevre, COAST’s CTO for the past eight years.  Apart from COAST, Sussmann is also the Managing Director of GP Sports Management, a boutique agency representing some of the world's top race car drivers in Formula 1, Formula E and IndyCar. Sussmann is a qualified chartered accountant, speaks fluent French and has a degree in Civil Engineering with a specialization in Urban Transportation from the University of Edinburgh, which included a year at the University of Pennsylvania.

Pierre Lefevre

Pierre Lefevre

CTO and Board Member

Pierre Lefèvre has more than thirty years of automation, communications, and software development experience. At COAST, Pierre leads an elite team developing commercial-ready vehicle automation and remote supervision systems on various vehicle platforms. Operating self-driving shuttles in public demonstrations and pilots throughout Europe and the US since 2010, Pierre has demonstrated autonomous vehicle expertise by competing in the 2007 DARPA Grand Challenge and going on to develop the first commercial driverless passenger vehicle.

Dr. Cyril Royere

Dr. Cyril Royere

Robotics Chief

Cyril Royere holds a PhD in automation and signal processing. He has created multiple sensor fusion systems to automate vehicle object detection, decision making, and control. He has extensive knowledge developing remote supervisory systems. Before joining COAST as Robotics Chief, Cyril was head of robotics at Induct, where he oversaw the development of the first fully self-driving shuttle. Prior to Induct, he was a project manager at the Livic Laboratory where he helped create a low-speed collision prevention system. Cyril has an advanced degree in Automation and Digital Signal Processing and a Doctorate in Systems Control from Compiègne Technology University.

Dr. Jerome Ninot

Dr. Jerome Ninot

Mapping Chief

PhD in image processing. Best-in-class mobile mapping and localization systems for AVs.

Graham Eisner

Graham Eisner

Head of Sales

Coaches executives on effective sales strategies and techniques. Worked for ten years at Goldman Sachs (1991-2000) in London and was responsible for bringing in new clients.

Aimie Nghiem

Aimie Nghiem

Director of Program Development

Industry Visionaries and Thought Leaders

Coast Autonomous Advisory Board
Dario Franchitti

Dario Franchitti

3-Time Indianapolis 500 Winner

Dario Franchitti is a three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and four-time IndyCar Series champion from Edinburgh, Scotland.  Dario raced in the IndyCar Series between 1997 and 2013 and was known for his smooth style, blistering speed and intelligence under pressure.  Taking the “checkered flag” 31 times in IndyCar, Dario also enjoyed success in sports cars, winning the prestigious Daytona 24 hour race and the 12 Hours of Sebring.  Dario is now enjoying a second career as an announcer on TV. Dario is a co-commentator on the host television commentary team for the new all-electric racing series, ABB FIA Formula E Championship (broadcast around the world on FOX Sports, Channel 5, CCTV-5, Eurosport, Viasat, Canal+ / Sport+, Energy (Spain), TV Asahi, Tring, and Ziggo Sport Totaal).  Dario’s sporting achievements have also been recognized on the Queen’s Honours List, and he was presented with an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) at Buckingham Palace in November 2014.

Dr. Marco Pavone

Dr. Marco Pavone

Stanford University Professor

Dr. Marco Pavone is an Assistant Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University, where he is the Director of Stanford’s Autonomous Systems Laboratory (ASL). The goal of ASL is the development of methodologies for the analysis, design and control of autonomous systems, with an emphasis on self-driving vehicles, autonomous aerospace vehicles, and large-scale robotic networks. Before joining Stanford University, Dr. Pavone was a Research Technologist within the Robotics Section at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He received a Ph.D. degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2010. Dr. Pavone is a recipient of several awards, including a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers -- the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on early-career scientists and engineers.

Rick Baker

Rick Baker

Former Mayor of St. Petersburg

Rick Baker has been a business acquisition lawyer, a law firm president, a university vice president and president of a St. Petersburg-based development and entertainment company. From 2001 to 2010, he served as mayor of St. Petersburg - Florida’s fourth largest city. Baker holds a B.S., MBA, and Juris Doctor (with honors) from Florida State University, where he was Senior Class President. He studied comparative law at Oxford University. He has authored three books: Mangroves to Major League in 2000, a history of St. Petersburg; The Seamless City in 2011, about city leadership and urban revitalization; and Beyond the Sunshine in 2018, a timeline history of Florida.