As electric car company Better Place launched a new era with the departure of founder Shai Agassi, its new chief executive officer promised Wednesday that the company would keep Israel at its forefront while improving customer satisfaction and reaching out to larger business partners.

The company’s new global CEO, Evan Thornley, was formerly the CEO of Better Place Australia, where he has “provided a vision for what sustainable transportation looks like” in the island continent, according to company spokesman Joe Paluska.

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