Chairman & CEO
We are a company that aims to develop a series of ultra-luxury, high-performance, hybrid and electric cars, combining different cultures and experiences.
IN SILK-FAW WE ARE BRINGING FORTH THE FUTURE OF LUXURY E-MOBILITY
An Executive Leadership Team made of world-class and experienced managers to guide us towards our long-term goals.
Chairman & CEO
Chairman & CEO
Jonathan Krane is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of KraneShares, a $16 Billion asset management firm delivering China-focused exchange traded funds to global investors listed on the NYSE, and the founder of SilkEV, an international company specializing in automotive engineering and design. KraneShares focuses on providing expert access and products for investors to gain exposure to China’s capital markets. KraneShares sold a majority interest in the company to CICC, a leading investment bank in China. Jonathan has spent the last twenty years working with companies in China.
He previously founded a leading media and entertainment company in China that was sold to a publicly traded multi-national corporation.
Jonathan received an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from Connecticut College. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization.
Mrs. Katia Bassi, recently included by Forbes Italy among the 100 most successful women, joined Silk-FAW at its early stages and was appointed General Manager on Sep. 1st, 2021.
She had left Automobili Lamborghini after almost 5 years of achievements, where she held the positions of Chief Marketing & Communications Officer and Board Member–the first woman ever to join the Lamborghini board.
Furthermore, her experiences in the automotive industry include other prestigious companies such as Aston Martin and Ferrari.
However, she also collected experiences in the sports sector, at Inter Milan soccer club, known as “Inter” for short, as well as the NBA.
Mrs. Bassi holds a Bachelor of Political Science from University of Milan and a Bachelor’s in law from University of Pavia, two Master’s degrees in business from Columbia University of New York and from University Bocconi of Milan and a Master’s degree in International Law from Harvard University.
Giovanni Lamorte is Chief Financial Officer of Silk-FAW and has over 35 years of experience in the automotive sector, specifically in the Finance, Administration and Controlling departments of multinational groups.
Before joining the joint venture, he worked for many years as CFO and Industrial Control at Federal Mogul Italy and PMC SPA, two multinational companies in the Automotive sector.
Previously, he had a long working experience in MAGNETTO AUTOMOTIVE SpA, where he held roles such as Director of Management Control, Head of the development of new strategic projects (M&A) and Strategic Industrial Controller.
Giovanni Lamorte holds two Masters, one in Business Administration and the other in Digital Organization from S.A.A. of Turin.
Mr. Francesco De Santis has gained significant managerial experience: he has been General Manager of Business Unit, Director of Technologies, Operations Manager, Joint Venture industrial Director in various product contexts in Italy and abroad.
Before joining Silk-FAW as Vice President and Head of Program Management, he worked at the Jaguar Land Rover group UK as Strategic Consultant in the Manufacturing Engineering area.
De Santis has 30 years of experience in the automotive (OEM & first level suppliers: General Motors, Fiat, Magnetto Automotive) and aerospace (OEM: Piaggio Aero Industries) sectors, where he managed numerous strategic and operational projects.
After a degree in electrical and information engineering from the Polytechnic of Bari, he earned an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management where he is now undertaking a PhD on the topics of sustainable development and Corporate Sustainability.