Chief Executive Officer
Jason Forcier is the Chief Executive Officer and member of the board of management of A123 Systems, holding both roles since 2013.
Mr. Forcier established and ran the automotive business of A123 in 2009 and was a member of the executive management team that led A123 through its highly publicized IPO on the NASDAQ. In 2013, Mr. Forcier guided the company through a sale and restructuring process that focused on its core automotive business and ultimately culminated in a remarkable turnaround. Today A123 enjoys positive earnings results and will soon reach $500M in global revenue, an increase of roughly 5 times since 2012.
Prior to joining A123 Systems, Mr. Forcier served as Vice President and General Manager of Lear's global electronics business and as the North American President, Automotive Electronics for Robert Bosch LLC. Over the course of his 12 year career with Bosch, Mr. Forcier was also a co-founder and CEO of ETAS, Inc., a Bosch Subsidiary.
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.
Chief Financial Officer
Brad Frederick began serving as the Chief Financial Officer of A123 Systems in early 2015. Prior to joining A123, Mr. Frederick's experience included 20 years in the automotive supply industry at medium-sized, privately held companies assisting in organic and acquisitive growth initiatives as well as cost reduction and restructuring activities. Mr. Frederick spent 4 years serving as Chief Financial Officer the two Platinum Equity portfolio companies; Chassix, Inc. "Chassix" and Acument Global Technologies, Inc. "Acument."
Prior to Chassix and Acument, Mr. Frederick served in similar roles at L&W Engineering, Plastech Engineered Products and LDM Technologies. He began his career at Ernst & Young, serving in its audit practice group for 4 years. Mr. Frederick earned a bachelor's degree in business administration with an accounting emphasis, from Bowling Green State University and is licensed to practice as a Certified Public Accountant.
Chief Technology Officer
Patrick Hurley began serving as the Chief Technology Officer of A123 Systems in August of 2014. Prior to joining A123, Dr. Hurley's experience included technology leadership roles at Air Products and Chemicals and Johnson Controls Inc. In his previous role at Air Products and Chemicals, Dr. Hurley managed research programs in alternative energy production along with integrated circuits. During his role as director (IV) of Global Core Engineering at Johnson Controls Inc., Dr. Hurley directed a multi-disciplinary team to implement new technologies, processes and products in the Electrochemical Energy Storage space on a global scale.
Following the completion of his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry at Purdue University, Dr. Hurley continued his studies in Solid State Physics as a Kavli Postdoctoral Scholar at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Dr. Hurley has been awarded over $20M in U.S. Department of Energy grants and has served on numerous government panels for the advancement of science and engineering.
Chief Operations Officer
Chris Eisenhart began working as the Chief Operating Officer of A123 Systems in October of 2015. Prior to joining A123, Chris served as the Vice President of North American Operations for Lear Corporation's seating metals division. His distinguished career in automotive manufacturing spans more than two decades of steadily increasing scope including profit and loss responsibility for revenues exceeding $1 Billion.
Chris began his manufacturing career at Ford Motor Company before transitioning to the supplier industry for companies such as Spartanburg Steel Products and Johnson Controls, where he held several senior operations positions.
Mr. Eisenhart holds his Bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan University.