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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 Business before his appointment as Chief Executive Officer. Peter serves on the board of A123 and oversees all facets of the business globally.

Prior to joining A123, Peter 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, Business Development, & Sales for Automotive, Asia Pacific. He has many years of experience in operations and general management and extensive international experience having lived 6 years internationally in Asia & Europe.

Peter 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 Hangzhou, China.

Michael O'Kronley
Michael O'Kronley | Executive Director Corporate Strategy

Mike O’Kronley joined A123 Systems in to 2011 and is currently serving as the Executive Director of the Corporate Strategy function.  He is responsible for setting product and market strategies as well as leading all strategic initiatives including the company’s global footprint expansion and all M&A activity.

Mike has diverse industry experience in multiple functional areas, including; program management, product development, manufacturing operations, new business development, business planning and strategy development.   He is credited with opening manufacturing facilities in the Czech Republic and China.  Prior to joining A123, Mike spent time at Metaldyne and Robert Bosch in various roles with increasing responsibilities and completed an expat assignment in Germany while at Bosch.

Mike Earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering as well as a Master’s of Science from the University of Michigan – Dearborn.

Bing Sun
Bing Sun | Chief Financial Officer

Bing Sun is the Chief Financial Officer of A123 Systems. He is based in A123’s Hangzhou facility and responsible for all Finance and Accounting activities globally.

Bing brings with him over 20 years of finance and accounting experience with both U.S. and Chinese companies, including multinational organizations. he has worked at a variety of manufacturing companies such as BCD Semiconductor and Dago New Energy as well as accounting service companies like Deloitte & Touche in the U.S. and China.

Having earned his undergraduate degree at Zhejiang University, Bing went on to earn his M.B.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a U.S. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and finished within the top 10% of his class.

Jim Paye
Jim Paye | Acting Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President for Systems Engineering

Jim Paye is the Acting Chief Technology Officer & Sr. Vice President for Systems Engineering at A123 Systems. He oversees all cell technology development at A123 in his acting CTO role and is responsible for all pack systems engineering globally.

Jim came to A123 with over 25 years of experience in automotive safety electronics from the Takata Corporation as VP of Global Electronics. In this role he was responsible for all aspects of product development from concept inception through production including product strategy, design, program management and quality.

Jim earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical and computer engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit and is located at A123’s Michigan headquarters.

Sam Trinch
Sam Trinch | Chief Commercial Officer & Executive Vice President of Customer Engagement

Sam Trinch is Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Vice President of Customer Engagement at A123 Systems where he leads global sales and key account management, new business development, A123’s motorsports business unit, and A123 Systems GmbH. In 2014, Sam was based in Hangzhou, China acting as the Interim President of China leading the integration of Wanxiang’s existing Li-Ion battery business under A123.

Prior to joining A123 in 2009, Sam spent 17 years in automotive semiconductor and component sales and business unit leadership at Motorola Semiconductor (NXP), NEC Electronics (Renesas), and Lear Corporation, last holding the position of Vice President of Global Electronics Sales.

Mr. Trinch holds dual degrees in Electrical Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.

William Zhao
William Zhao | Executive Vice President of Operations

William Zhao is the Executive Vice President of Operations at A123 and is located in Hangzhou, China. He has global responsibility for all operations and advanced manufacturing and engineering activities.

William has over 24 years of manufacturing and engineering experience with him from companies such as Ingersoll-Rand, Emerson Electric, and Samsun Electronics. Prior to joining A123, he served as the Vice President of Operations and Integrated Supply Chain at Ingersoll-Rand and achieved this position after over 10 years of service in varying roles of increasing responsibility. He has many years of experience in high level operations, supply chain, engineering and project management within the Asia Pacific and Indian markets.

William holds a Bachelor’s of Engineering from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology and a Masters from Fudan University in Business Administration, Management and Operations.

Troy Zerbe
Troy Zerbe | Chief Procurement Officer

Troy Zerbe is the Chief Procurement Officer at A123 Systems. He joined A123 in October of 2016 serving as VP of Supply Chain, then moved to EVP & Head of Operations before his current appointment. Troy is located in Hangzhou, China and is responsible all purchasing and supply chain activities globally for A123.

Prior to joining A123, Troy spent over 25 years with Delphi Automotive in roles of increasing responsibility. The last position he held was Managing Director for Infotainment and Driver Interface PBU for North and South America with full P&L responsibility. He also held positions in Supply Chain, Operations and Engineering.  He has held international assignments in Brazil, Mexico and China.

Troy earned a Bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in Electrical Engineering Technology and an MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Susan Butler
Susan Butler | Vice President of Program Management

Susan Butler serves as the Vice President of Program Management and Program Management Office (PMO) where she leads a high performing team of individuals responsible for product and system design and development of automotive battery management systems (BMS).

Susan came to A123 from Gentherm where she spent four years as the Executive Director of Global Program Management and Program Management Office (PMO).  Previous experience was at Harman International Industries where Susan performed various roles with increasing responsibility. She has many years of experience as a technical leader and expertise in automotive product, process, system design and development.

Susan earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University graduating in the top 1% of her class. She was the first to become certified as a Project Management Professional at Harman International Industries in 2003 setting the standard for Project Management.