Management Team

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David T. DiGiacinto
Chief Executive Officer

David T. DiGiacinto is our newly appointed Chief Executive Officer and Chairman (as of July 1, 2014) and has served as an independent director on our board since February 1, 2014. He also serves as a Managing Director for the COLMAN Group with which he has an independent affiliate consulting agreement, and has managed his own Business Consulting Company, BETHNY Enterprise, Inc. He has served in elected political office in the City of Bethlehem Pennsylvania since 2010, first as a councilman from January 2010 to January 2013 and currently as Controller. From December 2011 through November 2012, he was a Vice President of ConAgra Foods Inc., which acquired National Pretzel Company in 2011. From December 2009 through December 2011, Mr DiGiacinto was an Executive Vice President/General Manager and Director for the National Pretzel Company. From April 1, 2008 until March 31, 2009, Mr. DiGiacinto was President and CEO (and Director) of Minrad International, Inc., which was merged with Piramal Critical Care in February of 2009. From April 2000 to March 2008, Mr. DiGiacinto was a Senior Managing Director of Spencer Trask Specialty Group, an investment firm, focused on investing in emerging and development companies in the life sciences arena. From December 1982 to March 2000, he worked at Pfizer, Inc. in various positions including sales, marketing, business development and general management in the chemical/food science and consumer health care groups. After graduation from the US Military Academy in 1975, Mr. DiGiacinto was commissioned as an officer in the US Air Force and attended undergraduate Pilot Training. He rose to the rank of Captain and served as a pilot in command until 1981. Currently, Mr. DiGiacinto serves on the Board of Directors of Penn Sheet Metal, LV and Board of Advisors of Gusmer Enterprises, Inc. He was a director of Vyteris, Inc. from 2000 through January 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Charles R. Trego
Chief Financial Officer

Charles R. Trego who previously served as the Company’s CFO from April, 2010 to July, 2013, has been serving as a consultant in the role of interim CFO since March 2014. Trego was appointed the Company’s permanent Chief Financial Officer effective November 2014. He was formerly Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Minrad International, an MKT-listed pharmaceutical and medical device company in Orchard Park, NY. Minrad was acquired by India's Piramal Healthcare in early 2009, and Trego was an integral part of the acquisition strategy and managed the bridge financing through the transition. He served as a consultant providing financial management services to several companies from April 2009 to February 2010. Prior to that, from 2005 to 2008, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Elmira NY-based Hardinge Inc, a Nasdaq-listed global machine tool company ($327 million in annual revenue), and from 2003 to 2005 he was Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Latham NY-based Latham International ($180 million in annual revenue), a privately equity held manufacturer and marketer of swimming pool components, His career began with a position as Senior Auditor with Ernst & Whinney in Dayton, and continued with financial officer positions with increasing responsibility with Ponderosa Inc., Bojangles of America, Rich Sea Pak, Rymer Foods and Rich Products Corporation. During his 14-year tenure as Chief Financial Officer at Rich Products, revenue increased from $650 million to more than $1.8 billion. He has over 35 years of experience as a financial officer of global middle businesses across several industries and includes private (family), public and private equity ownership structures. He has served as the chief financial officer of startup, turnaround, restructuring and growth businesses with revenue ranging from $10 million to $2 billion. Trego graduated from the University of Dayton in 1972 (BS in Accounting) and in 1978 (MBA). He achieved his CPA designation in 1973 from the State of Ohio.

Philip Baker
Chief Operating Officer

Philip Baker is our Chief Operating Officer and prior to joining Axion was with Santa Fe Springs, CA based Trojan Battery Company from 1997 to 2009. From 2006 to 2009 he was Senior Vice President and General Manager of a new battery facility for which he led all the phases of development and operation in Sandersville, GA. Baker guided the lead-acid battery plant from negotiations and permitting forward, and is considered to be an expert in quality control and documentation, productivity and the maximization of uptime, automation and the management of environmental issues. Prior to Sandersville, Baker served from 2001 to 2005 at the Trojan plant in Lithonia, GA as Senior Vice President and General Manager, where he executed a turn-around in leadership, quality and output, introduced Kaizen events and Six-Sigma tools and improved productive output by 20% in critical bottleneck areas. Before Lithonia, he worked for Trojan in Santa Fe Springs as Director of Operations and was with privately held Wyomissing, PA based Glen-Gery Corporation. He began his career at the Houston Brick & Tire Company after taking a degree in Ceramic Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Vani Dantam
Senior Vice President/Business Development, Sales & Marketing

Vani Dantam is our Senior Vice President/Busines Development, Sales & Marketing. He was previously Vice President/Business Development & Sales for NYC-based Ener1 Inc., where he built a significant pipeline of battery customers and developed comprehensive quotes for new global customers in transportation, defense and in grid based energy storage. Prior to joining Ener1, Mr. Dantam worked with Pendleton IN-based Remy International in a series of increasingly responsible positions, reaching Global Director/Hybrid & Traction Motor Sales & Business Development. He served through two LBOs and an IPO at Remy, and worked on numerous overseas acquisitions and joint ventures in various countries. Prior to his tenure with Remy International, he served at the Delco Remy diision of General Motors in positions as varied as product design engineer to program manager for batteries, starters, alternators and ABS systems. He also had other business responsibilities that included product licensing and international customer development. Mr. Dantam holds an MBA in finance and International Business from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, and a BE in Metallurgical Engineering from Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, UP India. Additionally, he has a Quality Engineering Certification from GMI in Flint, MI. He also spent a year at Trinity College, UK, as a Churchill Scholar.


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