Exide Technologies Appoints New Chief Operating Officer

August 26, 2007 by Jeff Shepard

Exide Technologies announced that Edward (EJ) O’Leary has been named as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. Since June 2005, O’Leary has served Exide as President, Transportation – Americas. In his new role as COO, he will be responsible for the four operating divisions of the company: Transportation – Americas, Transportation – Europe, Industrial Energy – Americas, and Industrial Energy – Europe. The presidents of these divisions will report to O’Leary.

"EJ is a dynamic, results-oriented leader whose capabilities are evidenced by the performance of the Transportation – Americas division under his command," said Gordon Ulsh, President and Chief Executive Officer of Exide Technologies. "I am confident that he will effectively build upon Exide’s existing momentum as we grow and become profitable."

O’Leary’s career has spanned more than 30 years in the automotive industry. Prior to joining Exide, he served as President – The Americas at Oetiker, Inc. His career also includes senior management positions at iStar Systems, Federal-Mogul, Cooper Industries, and Tenneco Automotive.