VP of Automotive Solutions Group
Jason Forcier has served as vice president of A123 Systems’ Automotive Solutions Group since August 2009. Prior to joining A123 Systems, Mr. Forcier served as vice president and general manager of Lear's global electronics business since August 2008.
Mr. Forcier served as regional president, automotive electronics for Robert Bosch LLC since April of 2007. In this position, he was responsible for operations of Bosch's North American automotive electronics business. Mr. Forcier previously held the position of president and CEO of ETAS, Inc., a Bosch subsidiary. Mr. Forcier joined ETAS in 1997, where he was manager of engineering service. He has held various other assignments at ETAS, including a product line manager, manager of customer value teams and vice president of automotive embedded control tools. Prior to joining ETAS, Mr. Forcier worked in marketing at DSP Technologies and as a systems engineer at Delphi Automotive.
Mr. Forcier earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the GMI Engineering & Management Institute (now Kettering University) and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan. He has been a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers since 1990.
VP of Cell Products Group
Mujeeb Ijaz is the vice president of the Cell Products Group at A123 Systems, helping to lead global product development and advanced manufacturing of the company’s market-leading HEV, PHEV and EV batteries. Mr. Ijaz joined A123 in 2008 when he was responsible for A123’s Automotive Solutions Group, and he also led the expansion of the company’s module and pack production in 2010.
Prior to joining A123 Systems in 2008, Mr. Ijaz worked in Ford Motor Company’s electric vehicle programs since 1992, focusing on battery and fuel cell technologies. He has served on the Board of Directors of Advanced Traction Battery Systems, the joint venture company formed in 2009 between A123 and Shanghai Automotive. Mr. Ijaz also holds 26 patents in the field of battery and advanced alternative energy technologies.
Mr. Ijaz has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech.
President of A123 Energy Solutions
Bud Collins brings more than 30 years of leadership and expertise in power, energy and management solutions to his role as President of A123 Energy Solutions. Bud joined A123 Systems in 2007 where he served as Vice President of Engineering with responsibility for developing A123’s system level products.
Prior to joining A123 Mr. Collins most recently served as the Director of Engineering for APC-MGE a leading provider of global, end-to-end AC and DC-based back-up power products and services. Prior to APC-MGE he served as Vice President of Engineering for Tripp Lite Inc., a global leader in Power Protection products. Over his career he has held senior product development positions with industry leaders such as Data General Corp, General Dynamics, Alpha Microsystems, Para Systems and Hugin-Sweda.
Chief Operating Officer
Edward (Ed) Kopkowski brings more 25 years of global management and operational leadership in the manufacturing industry to A123 Systems, where he is responsible for the company’s global manufacturing operations, advanced manufacturing engineering capabilities, IT, supply chain and quality organizations. Prior to joining A123, Kopkowski served as vice president of operational excellence at Dana Holding Corporation, a leading supplier of driveline products, power technologies and service parts for light- and heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers. At Dana, Kopkowski managed operations and let the implementation of the Dana Operating System across four operating units, which accounted for $6.1 billion in annual revenue and encompassed nearly 100 major facilities in 26 countries. He has also held leadership positions at Hayes Lemmerz International, Bosch Braking Systems and AlliedSignal.
Kopkowski received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and a master’s degree in management from Nazareth College. He is also a registered Professional Engineer and Six Sigma Master Black Belt.
VP Global Human Resources
David Pantano joined A123 Systems after a 23 year career with Boston Scientific Corporation where he held various leadership positions in both Operations and Human Resources. Most recently, Pantano was Vice President of Corporate Human Resources and was responsible for providing HR services to the IT, Finance, HR and Communications functions at this 26,000 employee medical device manufacturer.
Pantano received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the College of the Holy Cross, a master’s degree in business administration from Nichols College and a master’s degree in Human Resources from Framingham State University. Pantano is also a certified executive coach, receiving certification from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology.