The positions of president at Ener1 and CEO at EnerDel, which Cowger will hold, were previously vacant. Meaning that there are no executive firings, retirings or step downs to report.
Things aren't as good down the line. The Indianapolis Business Journal reports that Ener1 has laid off around three percent of its 770 employees, both engineers and production workers, due to "lower-than-expected demand from the Think electric car."
Cowger's past experiences include executive management responsibilities for AMD's North, Central and South American operations. Prior to that, Cowger spent ten years at Dell, last serving as vice president and general manager of its global consumer software and peripherals division. Cowger's career got off to a start at General Motors, where he worked in various engineering capacities.
With EnerDel's focus on electrical storage, it's fitting that Cowger's educational background includes a degree in electrical engineering from Duke University and a graduate degree in the same field from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
[Source: Ener1, Indianapolis Business Journal]
Ener1, Inc. has appointed Christopher L. Cowger, formerly a corporate vice president and general manager for the semiconductor giant Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), as president. He will also hold the role of chief executive officer of Ener1's lithium-ion battery systems subsidiary EnerDel, Inc., which he will run from the subsidiary's main office in Indianapolis.
Cowger previously held executive management and P&L responsibility for AMD's multi-billion-dollar regional business covering North, Central and South America since 2009. Before AMD he spent ten years at the multinational information technology leader Dell, Inc., last serving as vice president and general manager of its global consumer software and peripherals division. Cowger, 40, started his career in various engineering capacities at General Motors Corporation after receiving a degree in electrical engineering from Duke University. He also earned graduate degrees in electrical engineering and business administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
"In Chris we have an exceptionally talented and innovative business leader with the sales, marketing and operations capability to help take our company to the next level," said Ener1 Chairman and CEO Charles Gassenheimer. "While rising quickly through three of the most important manufacturers of our times, he has demonstrated an ability to imbue an organization with a razor-sharp customer focus perfectly suited for Ener1's commitment to delivering the precise technology solution for every client in each of our three business verticals."
New York-headquartered Ener1 is a leading global maker of lithium-ion energy storage systems for transportation, electrical grid and industrial applications. EnerDel operates three production facilities in the State of Indiana, which forms part of Ener1's global corporate footprint that includes Korea, Japan, China and Russia. In addition to targeting the growing global market for passenger electric and hybrid vehicles, Ener1 is pioneering the development of medium- and heavy-duty systems for electrification of trucks and buses, as well as lithium-ion-based grid storage, particularly in emerging markets. The positions of president at Ener1 and CEO at EnerDel, which Cowger will hold, were previously unfilled.
"After helping propel matured global leaders in computers and microprocessors to higher levels of profitable growth, the chance to lead a company with an entirely new technology that can make a major contribution to society and that is clearly on the cusp of breakthrough success is exhilarating for me," said Cowger. "An opportunity like this rarely rings twice in a lifetime and I am honored to take it on with the energy and commitment its uniqueness merits."
About Ener1, Inc.
Ener1, Inc. is a publicly traded (Nasdaq:HEV - News) energy technology company that develops compact, lithium-ion-powered battery solutions for the transportation, utility grid storage and industrial markets. Headquartered in New York City, the company has more than 700 employees with manufacturing locations in the United States and Korea. Ener1 also develops commercial fuel cell products, nanotechnology-based materials and manufacturing processes.
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