It’s been a busy month in terms of employee movement in the energy storage industry, with a number of people being hired or promoted as firms look to capitalize on the burgeoning market.
Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk kept his job as both chairman and chief executive of the US firm he founded during the company’s annual meeting on June 5.
Shareholders struck down a proposal that would have forced the company to split up the roles.
Shareholder Jiang Zhao of California, who owns 12 shares, brought the proposal in a bid to prevent conflicts of interest.
The meeting also struck down a proposal brought by the CtW Investment Group, which works with pension funds for unions, to remove Antonio Gracias, Musk’s brother Kimbal and 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch. All three were up for re-election this year.
Sanjay Shah joined Tesla as its senior vice president of energy operations on May 31. He becomes responsible for worldwide deployment and operations of the US company’s energy products, including Solar, Powerwall and Powerpack.
In April, former Apple technical operations lead Neeraj Manrao joined Tesla as director of energy manufacturing.
On June 5, power holding company Duke Energy promoted Jim Henning to senior vice president of customer services. He succeeds Gayle Lanier, who retired this April.
Amy Spiller, a 15-year veteran of the firm, becomes president of Duke Energy Ohio and Duke Energy Kentucky. She was promoted from being vice president of Ohio government and community affairs.
JLM Energy appointed Erin Clark as the energy storage firm’s new CEO on May 30. He was previously COO at the California, US, based company and replaces the firm’s co-founder Farid Dibachi.
Inverter firm Dynapower promoted Chip Palombini in May to director of energy storage. He was previously the sales manager for four years. He joined the company in September 2010 as a design engineer.
Vanadium flow battery maker CellCube Energy Storage Systems, the company bought and renamed by Stina Resources last month, has hired Alexander Schoenfeldt as the managing director of its Austrian subsidiary Enerox.
He was most recently VP of sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa for German ESS company Younicos.
Kenneth Munson, the co-founder of energy storage firm Sunverge, was named on May 31 as the new COO of California company DC Systems, a provider of integrated software solutions for power systems and grid-operators.
Munson will lead operations and engineering and spearhead the development, communication and implementation of a global growth strategy with utilities, EPCs, developers, and large power generators.
Energy Storage Association
In Washington, US, trade body Energy Storage Association announced on June 7 that Julie Blunden has joined its board of directors after a position became vacant in May.
Blunden became electric vehicle charging firm EVgo’s executive vice president for business development in March when Cathy Zoi moved from interim to permanent CEO at the Los Angeles, US, firm.