Global Automotive Director Joins SEA Electric as Chief Financial Officer

During a 35-year career with Ford Motor Company, Mr. Tighe gained extensive experience in key manufacturing business processes, including the product development phase, manufacturing processes and sales channels.

Operating at a senior level in the Finance function at Ford, Mr. Tighe lived and worked in Australia, the United States, Germany, Japan, Venezuela, Mexico, Thailand and China, with extensive connections in many European countries, most Asia, Brazil and India.

Since 2012, Mr. Tighe has served as Chief Financial Officer of Blue Bird Corporation, a leading US school bus manufacturer, which obtained SEC approval and NASDAQ listing in February 2015.

Native Melbourne, Australia, Mr. Tighe is now a naturalized US citizen.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Phil join the team at SEA Electric at this time; his experience in all facets of the automotive industry is invaluable in taking our business to the next level,” said Tony Fairweather, Founder and CEO of SEA Electric.

“As we grow our global footprint and with the public’s aspirations for this year, the experience Phil has gained throughout his long career will be key to delivering on our strategic plan.”

“We view Phil’s choosing to join the SEA Electric team as a vote of confidence, and we warmly welcome him aboard.”

For Mr. Tighe, SEA Electric’s future growth prospects are impressive.

“Right now is the perfect time to align with SEA Electric. The foundations that have already been laid in building the business at this stage are remarkable, but overall its potential is enormous” , said Philippe Tighe, Chief Financial Officer of SEA Electric.

“Around the world, pioneers in the zero-emission transport sector have so many opportunities to capitalize on market demand.

“SEA Electric’s technology is proven and the rapid acceptance of the products in several countries shows what is possible.”

Now based at Los Angeles, CA, SEA Electric was founded in Melbourne, Australia, in 2012, with the exclusive SEA-Drive(R) all-electric power system at the heart of the company’s offering.

Adaptable to a wide range of commercial transport and bus applications, the company has expanded its footprint to cover five continents, with the capacity to retrofit 60,000 units per year.

In 2021, SEA Electric announced an equity investment in tier-one transportation industry supplier Meritor, which followed an earlier deal with Canadian power control solutions maker Exro Technologies.

Further information about the company is available at

About SEA Electric

Global automotive technology company SEA Electric was founded in Australia in 2012, creating its proprietary electric power system technology (known as SEA-Drive(R)) for the world’s urban delivery and distribution fleets, as well as front-drive school bus applications .

Widely recognized as a market leader in commercial vehicle electrification globally, SEA Electric has a global presence, deploying products in six countries, including United States, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Indonesia, and South Africa with collectively over one million miles of international operations in service and independently tested by OEMs.

The company’s worldwide sales, after-sales service and engineering are represented in all subsidiaries, while North America, which houses the company’s headquarters, has the largest layout capacity for SEA Electric with 60,000 units per year.

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Caption: Phillip Tighe, International Automotive Director, joins SEA Electric as Chief Financial Officer


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