CEO of A123 Systems, LLC Jason Forcier has served as the Chief Executive Officer of A123 Systems since 2013 where he has lead the restructuring of the global organization post emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Since joining A123 in August of 2009, he held the positions of President and Executive Vice President of the Transportation Group.
Mr. Forcier served as Vice President and General Manager of Lear's global electronics business from August, 2008 until July, 2009.
Mr. Forcier spent 12 years with Robert Bosch LLC culminating in his role as the North American President, Automotive Electronics where he had profit and loss responsibility of the nearly $1billion division focused on interior and safety electronics with major manufacturing locations in Mexico and South Carolina. Previous roles at Bosch included President and CEO of ETAS, Inc., a Bosch subsidiary. Mr. Forcier joined ETAS in 1997 as a co-founder of the North American operations.
Prior to joining Bosch, Mr. Forcier worked as a systems engineer at Delphi Automotive.
Mr. Forcier earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from GMI Engineering & Management Institute (now Kettering University) and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Michigan.
President of A123 Venture Technologies
Mujeeb Ijaz is President of A123 Venture Technologies; a division of A123 Systems, LLC focused on commercialization of advanced energy storage technologies through strategic partnerships around disruptive technologies. As a member of A123's Executive team, Mr. Ijaz has served on the Board of Directors of its Chinese JV as well as A123's Strategic Advisory Board. At A123, Mr. Ijaz founded it venture Technologies Division with a focus on Materials Research, Cell Product Development, and Advanced concepts. This New division is building a product portfolio that supports A123's Global Transportation and Grid markets with world-class capabilities. Mr. Ijaz joined A123 in 2008 where he founded the Automotive Solutions Group developing battery pack and systems technology.
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. While at Ford Mr. Ijaz help various leadership positions culminating with the 2007 Technology Award for the development of Ford's first Plug in Hybrid "HySeries" architecture using Lithium Ion energy storage as well as demonstrating a Fuel Cell Powered Vehicle "Hydrogen 999" setting a world first land speed record at 207 mph.
Mr. Ijaz has worked in vehicle electrification using advanced battery and fuel cell technology for over 25 years. Mr. Ijaz holds 16 patents in the field of battery and advanced alternative energy technologies with an additional 11 patents in various stages of filing. Mr. Ijaz has a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech.
President of Global Transportation Group
Edward (Ed) Kopkowski brings more 30 years of global management and operational leadership in the manufacturing industry to A123 Systems, where he is responsible for the company’s Transportation Business Group, including its global manufacturing operations, cell and system engineering, advanced manufacturing engineering capabilities, sales, 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