Infinite Power Solutions Appoints Finance & Manufacturing Executives to Management Team

July 19, 2007 by Jeff Shepard

Infinite Power Solutions, Inc. (IPS), announced the appointment of David Kirwan as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Robert Smith as Vice President of Manufacturing. According to the company, this completes the company’s Executive Staff and prepares IPS with the necessary leadership to move into volume production of its Thin Film Battery (TFB) product line.

Kirwan will oversee financial operations including budgets, cost accounting, strategic planning and all aspects of financial reporting. Smith will be responsible for all manufacturing activities, such as installing and qualifying the company’s new, highly customized factory equipment and leading the manufacturing organization as it ramps up volume production.

"Both David and Robert are industry leaders with a wealth of experience and knowledge in their respective fields," said Ray Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Infinite Power Solutions. "Their leadership comes at an important time in our company’s history as we finish building a world-class thin-film battery manufacturing facility, which will enable us to fulfill the intense demand for our technology."

Kirwan comes to IPS with over 20 years of experience in financial and operational roles in the United States and Europe. Most recently, Kirwan served as CFO at Cornice, Inc., an innovator in compact, low cost, high-capacity storage products for consumer electronics. Prior to that role, Kirwan was CFO at Fisher Imaging Corp., a $50 million publicly traded company in the medical imaging industry. He also held supply chain management positions at Apple Computer and Storage Technology European Operations where he oversaw logistics, distribution and supplier development.

Smith joins Infinite Power Solutions with over 19 years of semiconductor manufacturing experience, with a strong focus on lean manufacturing, Six Sigma and multi-site operations. Prior to joining IPS, Smith was Director of Operations at Samsung Austin Semiconductor, where he championed Samsung’s global corporate initiative to bring low cost manufacturing to the U.S. by developing a self sufficient facility.

IPS announced $34.7 million in funding last fall to help build a 36,795 square foot, state of the art facility in Littleton, Colorado for high-volume production of its LiTE*STAR™ flexible, rechargeable, thin-film lithium batteries. The LiTE*STAR™ standard product family currently consists of the LS101 micro-battery, which is about the size, shape, and thinness of a postage stamp. TFBs are generally known for their unique thinness, rapid recharge, high power density, extreme operating temperature range and low self discharge. TFBs enable microelectronic devices such as Smart Cards, Active RFID tags/labels, remote wireless sensors, implantable medical devices, and any other device that requires a thin, flexible, high performance battery.