A lifetime veteran of the auto industry, Schneider has been a pioneer in electric transportation with electric cars, trucks and buses, long before it became fashionable. As CEO of ZAP in 2005 he raised nearly $1 billion while successfully listing ZAP on the NYSE. He was featured by Arca Ex as a stock market revolutionary and appeared on CNBC’s “Closing Bell” with Maria Bartiromo, The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s and others.
Mr. Schneider has a unique ability to identify emerging markets and disruptive technologies to create successful mergers and acquisitions. For ZAP in 2011 he completed a 51 percent acquisition of Jonway Automobile, the first time in history that a foreign company purchased a controlling interest in a Chinese Automobile Manufacturing Plant. In 2012 he completed the acquisition of the Aptera Electric Car for Jonway Group. He acquired a majority stake in Detroit Electric, which was the most well known electric car at that time.
Mr. Schneider has unique expertise in automotive marketing, sales, distribution, logistics, distribution, finance, engineering integration, homologation and operations. Earlier in his career, Schneider held positions with Honda, VW, Renault, Ford, Smart and DeLorean. Currently, Schneider is Chairman of Autodistributors Inc., an independent automotive distributor.