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.

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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