Energy Conversion Devices Announces Additions To Senior Management Team

January 13, 2008 by Jeff Shepard

Energy Conversion Devices, Inc. (ECD), a global manufacturer of thin-film solar laminates, announced three new additions to its senior management team, reporting directly to President and CEO Mark Morelli.

Joseph Conroy was appointed Vice President – Operations. With more than 20 years of experience in strategic manufacturing, Conroy will oversee all of ECD’s photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing activities, including production technology, manufacturing, supply chain management and the further expansion of ECD’s global manufacturing footprint. Conroy joins the company from American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. where he worked in executive leadership positions. Previously, he held progressive manufacturing leadership roles with General Motors for eight years.

Marcelino Susas was named Vice President – Strategic Marketing. Susas will lead ECD’s initiatives to assess global marketing opportunities and drive strategic planning for capturing market share and long-term profitability. He has experience in marketing, business development and business line management in both the energy and building materials industries. Susas joins ECD from CertainTeed Corp. where he managed a building materials supply business.

Corby C. Whitaker was named Vice President – Global Sales. Whitaker is responsible for the company’s global PV sales, including growing and managing its global sales organization. He joins ECD from Johns Manville Corp., and has extensive sales leadership experience in the building products, energy and engineered products industries.

"I am delighted to welcome Joe, Marcelino and Corby to ECD," said Mark Morelli, ECD’s President and CEO. "Our organization is already benefiting from their collective experience as we continue to ramp up our manufacturing capacity to meet the growing worldwide demand for our UNI-SOLAR® laminates."

ECD also announced the retirement of James R. Metzger, Executive Vice President, effective January 4, 2008. Metzger was a Director of ECD from July 2000 to February 2004. He joined ECD in 2003 as its Chief Operating Officer and was appointed Executive Vice President in 2004.

"I want to personally thank Jim for his support and counsel during my transition and wish him all the best in his retirement," added Morelli. "His hard work and dedication, most recently guiding the company through a difficult restructuring program, helped put us on the path towards sustainable profitability by the end of the current fiscal year."