Elizabeth Fretheim

Head of Business Development
Nikola Motor Company

Elizabeth Fretheim is the Head of Business Development for Nikola Motor Company where she works with fleets to help them transition to a zero-emission future with hydrogen fuel cell and all-electric vehicles. Prior to Nikola, Elizabeth was the Senior Director of Sustainability for Walmart where she led sustainability for the supply chain division with over 200 distribution centers and the third largest private trucking fleet in the United States. Before joining Walmart, Elizabeth lived in Calgary, Canada, where she worked in business development for technology, facility management, and power generation companies. Her experience spans the spectrum of operational sustainability including alternative energy, efficiency, autonomous vehicles, building design and technologies, packaging, water, waste and recycling, and supplier engagement. Elizabeth lead Walmart’s achievement of doubling their fleet efficiency from 2005-2015 which saved the company $1 billion annually and for which they won Green Fleet of the Year in 2017. In 2016, she was one of Fleet Owner magazine’s Dozen Outstanding Women in Trucking and in one of three finalists for the 2nd Annual Distinguished Women in Logistics award. Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary and gained an interest and appreciation for sustainability through her work in the remote Northern regions of Canada with the Aboriginal people.