Tod Higinbotham - Chief Executive Officer
Tod comes to us with over 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry, an industry not unlike energy storage with extremely rigorous and stringent design and production process requirements. Most recently, Tod was executive vice president/general manager at ATMI where he and his team built the microelectronics division into a $400 million dollar business and sold it for over $1 billion dollars.
Tod earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Portland State University and an MBA from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. He has been a frequent speaker in the U.S. and Asia on leadership, doing business in Asia, and semiconductor technology trends.
Robert K. Jaworski - Chief Financial Officer
Robert Jaworski has more than 20 years of experience in industry, capital markets, investment banking and academia. Before joining PowerGenix, Robert was the CFO of Ioxus, an Oneonta, NY based manufacturer of ultracapacitor products and the CFO and Representative Director of Ioxus’ subsidiary Power Systems Ltd., a Japanese ultracapacitor manufacturer. Before Ioxus, Robert started Vortex Advisors, a technology and business consultancy, and co-founded cleantech investment banking practice at Jefferies & Co. Before joining Jefferies, Robert worked at Bellcore/Telcordia as a senior research scientist and consultant. He established Bellcore’s battery testing laboratory and built its network power consulting business. During the research part of his career, Robert worked on a number of energy storage technologies and with a number of battery manufacturers.
Robert received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Miami University and an MBA from Rutgers University. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Jeff Phillips - Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Jeff Phillips possesses more than 25 years of experience in R&D, manufacturing and technology management in the battery, energy and electronics industries.
As the PowerBook Technology Manager at Apple Computer he was responsible for the purchase and implementation of $350 million of PowerBook components. He also served as the Program Manager and Director of Technology for Altus Corporation, where he was an executive team member and managed Research & Development focusing on Rechargeable & Primary Lithium batteries.
With a PhD in Electrochemistry from University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Jeff holds 65 patents with a further 40 pending. He has authored more than 20 technical publications.
Salil Soman - Vice President, Product Marketing
Salil Soman is Vice President of Product Marketing at PowerGenix, where he leads strategic product marketing and business development for automotive and stationary storage applications. Soman brings more than 15 years of experience across multiple battery technologies and other advanced energy storage systems. Previously at PowerGenix, he was responsible for the design, development and integration of Nickel-Zinc battery systems in power tool, military, transportation and UPS applications. Prior to PowerGenix, Soman spent 10 years in several key engineering management positions at Ovonic Battery Company and at Cobasys, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Robert Bosch Battery Systems and a tier-1 supplier to major automotive manufacturers worldwide.
He holds a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and an MBA in Technology Management from the University of Colorado. A private pilot, Soman enjoys exploring the Southern California deserts, mountains and coastline with family and friends on weekends, when it’s time to recharge his own batteries.