David Utley, MD
President and CEO (founder)
Carrot Sense, Inc.
David S. Utley, M.D. graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1992. He then completed his surgical residency training at Stanford in general surgery, head and neck surgery, and facial plastic and reconstructive surgery from 1992 to 1998. Thereafter, he was appointed to the surgical faculty at Stanford and the VA Palo Alto, where he focused on the treatment of patients with cancers of the head and neck (mostly smoking-related) until 2003.
Utley left Stanford in 2003 to start BARRX Medical, a medical device company which pioneered the development of a minimally invasive, endoscopic treatment for early esophageal cancer. BARRX was acquired by Covidien (now Medtronic) in 2012.
In 2015, Utley left Covidien to start Carrot Sense, a digital health company that focuses on engaging and empowering millions of people to quit smoking. Carrot Sense is funded by Khosla Ventures, a Palo Alto venture capital firm with deep experience in digital health interventions.
Make a donation to the American Lung Association in honor of Dr. David Utley.
President and CEO
Ryan Popple is the president and CEO of Proterra, the leading innovator of zero-emission, battery-electric buses. Since Popple joined the organization, Proterra has become America’s most popular electric bus company. With more than 380 buses sold to a variety of municipal, university and corporate customers, Proterra now holds 60 percent of the U.S. battery-electric bus market and has helped communities across the U.S. avoid more than 12,000,000 pounds of CO2 emissions.
Before joining Proterra, Popple was instrumental in the successful capitalization of Tesla Motors and the commercialization of its first-in-kind Roadster. During his tenure as senior director of finance, the company scaled from pre-revenues to $100M+ in vehicle revenue, received an Advantaged Technology Vehicle Manufacturing loan from the Department of Energy, completed multiple private equity financings, reached profitability, and achieved an IPO filing.
Popple’s experience spans beyond the production side of electric vehicles. As a partner of Kleiner Perkins’ Green Growth Fund, he was focused on late-stage venture cleantech investments in mobility and transportation. Investments and board responsibilities included ChargePoint, Proterra, INRIX, Telogis, and Choose Energy.
Committed to moving the industry forward and to clean, quiet transportation for all, Popple serves on the EV Strategic Council working on long-term strategic planning for the transition to clean vehicles. He serves also on the board of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group where he is focused on increasing access to affordable, sustainable transportation solutions throughout Silicon Valley and the Bay Area, through strategic partnerships and policy initiatives that keep pace with today’s technology innovation.
Popple served in the U.S. Army, and received a bachelor’s in business administration from the College of William & Mary and a master’s in business administration from Harvard University.
Make a donation to the American Lung Association in honor of Ryan Popple.