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November 12, 2020

Building a safer mobility future

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A photo of Waymo's Chief Safety Officer, Mauricio Peña
A photo of Waymo's Chief Safety Officer, Mauricio Peña

I'm thrilled to join Waymo as Chief Safety Officer, where safety is at the heart of the mission to expand access to mobility and save lives. Over the last 20 years, I've designed, tested, and deployed complex systems, and most recently served as Vice President of Safety, Quality, and Mission Assurance for Virgin Orbit. Prior to that, I served as Director of Safety and Mission Assurance for the Boeing Commercial Crew Program. I also held various leadership positions within Boeing's Space Division, designing and launching commercial and government satellites.

I have been fortunate to work on groundbreaking projects such as launching rockets into orbit from an aircraft and leading the safety design of the next generation human-rated spacecraft. In each case, there were unique safety challenges to overcome and many risks to mitigate. I look forward to leveraging that experience to help the talented Waymo team achieve the goal of reducing traffic injuries and fatalities by building and deploying the world's most experienced driver.

It is an exciting time to join the leader in fully autonomous technology. The release of Waymo's Safety Methodologies and road safety performance data affirms Waymo's leadership in autonomous vehicles and demonstrates a level of openness and transparency unparalleled in the industry.

I am honored by the opportunity to help this team go further and build a safer mobility future.