December 1, 2022: All-solid-state batteries developer Solid Power said on November 29 that CEO, board member and co-founder, Douglas Campbell, had decided to retire effective immediately.
David Jansen, the company’s chair and president, has been appointed as interim CEO while the firm looks for a permanent replacement.
Solid Power independent director John Stephens said: “Since co-founding Solid Power in 2011, Doug has served as a passionate entrepreneur, beginning with the company’s earliest stages as a spin-off from the University of Colorado.”
Stephens said Campbell and the board had decided new leadership was needed “as we enter the next phase in our evolution and build on our momentum as a newly public company”.
Campbell said he planned to spend more time with his family and pursuing other interests while “continuing as a significant shareholder of the company for years to come and watching the growth and progress that I know the talented team at Solid Power will continue to make”.
Solid Power announced the delivery of its first solid-state lithium metal cells in October 2020.
The pouch cells, which had a solid sulfide electrolyte, were manufactured using the company’s roll-to-roll pilot line and were destined for the EV sector.