Management Team

Management Team Directors Code of Ethics Committees Section 16 filings
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.

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.

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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