New appointments support A123’s global expansion plans
LIVONIA, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A123 Systems LLC, a developer and manufacturer of advanced lithium-ion batteries and systems, today announced the appointment of two executive leaders who will assist the company in its plan to more than double manufacturing capacity worldwide over a two year period. Peter Cirino, has joined A123 as the President of Europe and Scott Pepin as the Chief Human Resource Officer.
Approximately one year ago, A123 announced a series of business expansion initiatives totaling more than $300 Million in capital investments in its global facilities and business conditions have now required an acceleration of that plan. Demand for the company's products in Europe and China is particularly strong. With the hiring of Mr. Cirino and Mr. Pepin, A123 is continuing to develop its organization to facilitate such growth.
Peter Cirino will lead the European business and be responsible for the launch of A123's new Ostrava, Czech Republic facility, which is on target to begin production later this year. He served many years in senior roles at TE Connectivity and has outstanding international experience including past positions in multiple different countries.
Scott Pepin will lead all HR activities for A123 worldwide. His distinguished career includes over 20 years of progressive responsibility in human resources at Federal Mogul, culminating as the senior vice president for HR globally.
"I'm confident that these two appointments will further assist the organization in achieving our objectives for global expansion and profitability," said Jason Forcier, CEO. "We are excited by the growth opportunities the global market is presenting to us and we are increasingly well prepared to execute with a strong leadership team."
A123 Systems is a global leader in providing complete energy storage solutions through advanced battery cells and systems for transportation and commercial applications, offering performance, reliability, and cost savings from concept through commercialization. A123 is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Wanxiang Group.