Computer Industry Executive Appointed President of Ener1 and CEO of Advanced Battery Manufacturing Subsidiary EnerDel

March 28, 2011 by Jeff Shepard

Ener1, Inc. has appointed Christopher L. Cowger, formerly a corporate Vice President and General Manager for 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.

"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 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 states that it 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."