North America Management

Our US management team keeps the company firmly on course for continued success.


Chris Hennessy

Chris Hennessy
Vice President of Powertrain Systems

Chris Hennessy is the vice president of Powertrain Systems at IAV Automotive Engineering, Inc. He is responsible for business development and program execution for the North American powertrain market, managing the future needs of the market in relation to the company’s services, and supporting the future growth of IAV in North America.

Prior to joining IAV in 2011, Hennessy spent eight years at AVL Powertrain Engineering, Inc., most recently as chief technologist, but also as a skill area manager and skill team leader. As a chief technologist, he led business development for AVL’s North American electrification activities, developed strategic business plans, worked on program execution and profitability for all North American electrification programs and oversaw research and development efforts. In his positions as skill area manager and skill team leader, Hennessy developed battery test facilities and a battery development team, as well as established a controls engineering team and a powertrain development team, and led several engineering projects. He also worked as engineer at both Quantum Technologies, Inc. and Ford Motor Company, where he had emissions and OBDII certification sign-off responsibilities and developed release calibrations for alternative fuel vehicles.

Hennessy is a member of SAE International.

He has a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from GMI Engineering and Management Institute.


Martin RichterMartin Richter
Vice President of Vehicle Systems

Martin Richter is the vice president of Vehicle Systems at IAV Automotive Engineering, Inc. He is responsible for growth in vehicle development activities and oversees areas including body electronics, infotainment, chassis, e-mobility, driver assistance and more.

Prior to this role in the U.S., Richter worked for IAV GmbH in Germany as the senior vice president of Electronic Development where he focused on vision, strategy and structure implementation for international growth, in addition to hardware and software development for a variety of systems. Prior to being promoted to vice president, Richter held numerous positions in the company including department manager of Electronic Development at IAV SASU in France; and software developer with IAV GmbH before being promoted to department manager of Hard- and Software Development. Richter began his career with IAV GmbH in 1999 after a position with ACTIA I+ME, a German-based automotive systems supplier.

Richter earned a master’s degree in technical computer science from the Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences in Wolfenbüttel, Germany.


Maisa Oliveira

Maisa Oliveira
Vice President of Finance

Maisa Oliveira is the vice president of Finance at IAV Automotive Engineering, Inc. She is responsible for all elements of finance, including accounting, treasury, budget, insurance, tax, controlling, business planning, forecasting, validation of quotes and payroll.

Prior to joining IAV in 2011, she worked for 18 years at Valeo in various positions both in the U.S. and Brazil. In her most recent position as site controller, she managed profitability of projects, make or buy analysis, budgets, among other responsibilities. Before joining Valeo, she worked as a financial analyst for Kadron S/A invoicing and filing tax compliance documents, handling benefits and purchasing. Oliveira was an assistant vice president at Nog Participações, where she worked on strategic planning and bank reconcillations. She was also an administrative assistant at both Juércio & Assoc. Auditores Independentes and Britânica Adm. Imobiliária. 

Oliveira earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in finance from Unicentro Newton Paiva and a Master in Business Administration with a concentration in finance and management controlling from Fundação Getúlio Vargas.