Our Story, Leadership, and Locations

Management Team

Peter W. Cirino
Peter W. Cirino | Chief Executive Officer

Peter Cirino is the Chief Executive Officer of A123 Systems. He joined A123 in May of 2016 serving as President of A123’s European operations before his appointment as CEO. Mr. Cirino serves on the board of A123 and oversees all facets of the business globally.

Prior to joining A123, Mr. Cirino spent over 20 years with TE Connectivity in roles of increasing responsibility. The last position he held was General Manager for the Southeast Asian region and Senior Director, Strategy and Business Development for Asia Pacific. He has many years of experience in operations and general management throughout Asia, Europe and North America.

Mr. Cirino earned a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. He maintains offices at A123’s Livonia, Michigan headquarters as well as in China.

Patrick Hurley 
Patrick Hurley  | 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.

Zhen Chen
Zhen Chen | China President (GM of Wangxiang A123 Systems Asia Co., Ltd)

Zhen Chen began serving as A123’s China President in January of 2017 and assumed overall responsibility for all of A123’s business in China.

Prior to joining A123, Mr. Chen spent 18 years of his career with United Automotive Electronic Systems Co., Ltd (UAES). Most recently, he held the position of Senior Director and Business Unit Head of the Fuel Injection Systems Unit (FI&DI)in UAES. He has many years of experience in engineering, sales, general management and operations throughout China.

Chen holds a bachelor’s degree in Marine Engineering from Harbin Shipbuilding Engineering Institute and an MBA from Tong Ji University and ENPC.