FORT LAUDERDALE , Fla., Aug. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Ener1, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: ENEI) today announced the appointment of Thomas J. Snyder and Kenneth R. Baker as members of its board of directors. Both executives have distinguished careers in the automotive and technology industries and have extensive experience in electric vehicles and batteries.
Mr. Snyder served as the President from 1994 and Chief Executive Officer from 2000 through 2006 of Remy International in Anderson, Indiana and recently as the Chairman of the Flagship Energy Systems Center (FESC) in Anderson. FESC is Indiana's first energy-focused center of excellence working on leading technologies, including hybrid systems, lithium batteries, solid oxide fuel cells and alternative fuels. Mr. Snyder is currently serving as the President of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, a leading mid-western educational institution with over 100,000 student enrollment.
Mr. Snyder led the management buyout of Delco Remy from General Motors in
1994. During his 11 years with Delco Remy International, he established a new
business model and diversified the company from a captive General Motors
supplier to a global leader in truck, off road and aftermarket products,
increasing the company in size from
Mr. Snyder graduated from Kettering University, formerly General Motors Institute in 1967, with a degree in mechanical engineering and also holds a master's degree in business administration from Indiana University. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Indiana State Chamber, a member of the Executive Council of the Saint Theodore Guerin High School in Noblesville, a board member of the Paramount Theatre restoration in Anderson, Indiana and a past member of the prestigious World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland .
Mr. Baker has most recently served as President, CEO and member of the Board of Trustees of Altarum Institute, a leading nonprofit research institute recognized for advanced informatics/decision support applied to the areas of national defense, healthcare, homeland security and environment. Prior to that, Mr. Baker served as the Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Energy Conversion Devices in 1999.
Mr. Baker served as an executive at General Motors for over 30 years until
his retirement in 1999, including Vice President of Global Research &
Development and program manager of GM Electric Vehicles. He was the founding
chairman of the USABC ( United States Advanced Battery Consortia), the
organization that has partially funded EnerDel's Lithium ion battery
development. Mr. Baker graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical
Charles Gassenheimer, Vice Chairman of Ener1, stated "We continue to fulfill our promise to investors to build a successful, world-class organization. These quality board members and the recent addition of Subhash Dhar as President show that some very experienced and talented industry executives believe in the Ener1 technology and the company's future."
Subhash Dhar, President of Ener1, added "These are powerful, industry- experienced directors whose participation will play an invaluable part in our plan to win the technology battle for lithium ion batteries for hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. We welcome Tom and Ken, and look for their participation and guidance to help us make tremendous strides in our core businesses."