Prabhakar Patil, former CEO of LG Chem Power Inc.

Prabhakar Patil, former CEO of LG Chem Power Inc.

LG Chem Power Inc. (LGCPI), theNorth American lithium-ion cell manufacturing arm of LG Chem, got a new CEO.

Prabhakar Patil, LG Chem Power CEO since 2005, retiree. Denise Gray took the helm on October 1.

Prabhakar Patil said:

“It has been an incredible privilege to lead this great team over the past 10 years. I’m very proud of what we have accomplished in achieving our vision of becoming the North American center of excellence and supplier/partner of choice in providing lithium-ion battery solutions to our customers. The company is well positioned to move forward under Denise’s leadership.”

Prabhakar conducted LG Chem Power through turbulent times a few years ago when demand for batteries for EVs not necessarily justified installing production capacity.

Hopefully, current demand will continue to rise, both for cars and for energy storage systems, but now much of that will depend on Denise Gray.  Who many EV enthusiasts we instantly recognize from here work as engineering boss with General Motors on the launch of the first generation Chevrolet Volt.

Denise Gray, new CEO of LG Chem Power Inc.

Denise Gray, new CEO of LG Chem Power Inc.

"Gray most recently served as Vice President of Electrification Powertrain Engineering at AVL List, GmbH, where she was responsible for AVL’s Electrification Business Unit. She is well remembered and respected in the industry as the Director of Global Battery Systems Engineering at General Motors, where her team successfully developed and launched the lithium-ion battery system used in the Chevrolet Volt, working closely with the LG Chem team. The Volt uses LG Chem battery cells produced at the company’s plant in Holland, Michigan."

Denise Gray said:

Prabhakar has been a friend and colleague for many years and the global vehicle electrification industry is better off due to his vision and wisdom. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue LG Chem Power’s leadership, and look forward to advancing its reputation and mission.”