Innolith is an energy technology company that is pioneering an entirely new and safe battery technology platform. This will provide new ways of storing and using electricity for grid, automotive and industrial applications.
Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, with research and development labs in Bruchsal, Germany, Innolith’s innovation has led to a new class of inorganic battery. These batteries are already redefining the use of power storage to stabilise electricity grids and keep the lights on around the world.
In the North East of the United States, consumers already benefit from the stabilizing power of Innolith’s GridBanks to deliver frequency regulation.
In the future, Innolith’s electrolyte platform promise to deliver breakthrough results for electric vehicles and industrial applications as the world switches from fossil fuels to stored electrical power.
- Management Team
Dr. Laurent Zinck
Alan has been working in the rechargeable battery space for the last 15 years and was co-founder of the company which originally developed the core inorganic electrolyte technology, serving as CEO from 2005 until 2011 and Chairman until 2013. In 2015 he was asked to join Alevo as Chief Technology Officer, following Alevo’s acquisition of the IP portfolio in 2014. Following Innolith’s acquisition of key assets from Alevo, he joined the new company as Chairman. He has been deeply involved in several initiatives relating to renewable energy including the Think Tank on Energy Environment and Business initiated by Harvard Business School in 2010.
His business experience encompasses both corporate and entrepreneurial roles with a special emphasis on new technology. He started his career in high-volume manufacture of computer electronics with IBM, Scotland and later worked on a major restructuring of the Instrumentation Division of VDO Adolf Schindling AG, Germany, a world-leader in automotive instrument clusters and now part of Continental. His entrepreneurial career includes a successful start up Cambridge UK in digital temperature monitoring equipment and the turnaround and sale of Germany’s then-largest software localization and multilingual technical translation company.
He holds a double Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Sciences & Engineering with First Class Honours from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. He was awarded a Knox Fellowship to study Business Economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He later returned to Harvard Business School where he obtained a Masters of Business Administration with High Distinction (Baker Scholar). He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (MIET) and Member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (MIMechE).
He strongly believes that new technologies are key for solving the world’s major challenges in Health, Food Supply, Energy and Sustainable use of Resources. He has served for many years as a main-jury judge for the Swiss Technology Awards.
Chief Executive Officer
Sergey is an entrepreneur and experienced executive across the technology and finance sectors. Prior to co-founding Innolith, Sergey worked in a large private investment advisory company and was Chief Operating Officer of Alevo, a battery manufacturer.
Sergey’s business experience before this included General Director and CEO of Intercomp, a finance and human resources outsourcing company, and Managing Partner of InvestTEK, a construction engineering company in the oil and gas sector. He started his career in expanding a family business, and founded and sold his own consulting business at 21.
Sergey holds a Candidate of Science in Economics from Russian State Institute for Intellectual Property, Masters in Economics from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and Bachelor of Science in Law from Saint-Petersburg University.
Dr. Laurent Zinck
Managing Director Germany, Chief Scientist
Laurent Zinck has over 18 years’ of experience in research and development of lithium batteries and is the specialist for inorganic liquid electrolyte systems for rechargeable lithium batteries. His work has been dedicated to new concepts of inorganic nonflammable lithium battery chemistries.
Laurent is Chief Scientist for the international team responsible for Innolith’s breakthrough battery technology and Managing Director of Innolith’s R&D laboratory and pilot production in Germany. He has invented numerous patented technologies.
After earning his engineering degree from the University of Strasbourg, Laurent completed a doctorate in electrochemistry at the University of Witten-Herdecke for his work with lithium-ion batteries. This doctorate focused on rechargeable devices that utilize inorganic components which would much safer and longer lasting than previously available. This research led directly to the first non-flammable lithium accumulator based on inorganic electrolyte, a technology that has now reached production readiness.
Laurent has continued his fundamental research into electrochemistry and, together with his team, works continuously to improve Innolith’s technology further.
First lithium-ion chemistry using inorganic electrolyte and showing stable cycling behavior (2007)
Introduction of 3D-electrode design to allow cost-efficient large-scale production (2013)
Managing Director Germany, Chief Engineer
Markus Borck has over 18 years’ of experience in battery engineering, battery formation and testing, cell design and application related evaluation for rechargeable lithium batteries.
A co-inventor of many of the technological breakthroughs in Innolith’s products, Markus serves as Chief Engineer and Managing Director of Innolith’s R&D laboratory and pilot production in Germany.
Markus’ experience includes cell design, module design including electrical and thermal management. He was defining the first large format cell based on the Innolith Technology and has successfully transferred latest R&D results into new cell generations with improved performance. With an electrical engineering degree from Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Markus has wide-ranging experience in battery applications, primarily lithium-ion and lithium-ion polymer systems. His previous roles included management of battery test department, development of new battery concepts and sample production for large format cells.
First large format cell design (2009)
First certified product based on Innolith electrochemistry (2013)
First demonstrator for grid tie applications (2014)
First 1 MWh-System for frequency regulation based on the latest cell and module design went into operation (2017)
Chief Marketing Officer
Julian has over 25 years’ experience in leading marketing and public relations campaigns across the technology and energy industries. His work has included international campaigns for major brand companies including IBM, Toshiba, Microsoft, Samsung and LG. He has also been deeply involved in marketing early stage companies that have grown to become market leaders including Citrix Systems, VMware and Red Hat.
In 1994, Julian founded AxiCom public relations agency and grew it into a pan-European technology-focussed firm. The agency was acquired in 2008 by WPP and Julian remained as CEO and then Chairman of the firm until 2016.
Julian is a published author and wrote the reference work “International Public Relations” that detailed media contexts across the G20 countries. He has served on the board of eSkills, the UK Government’s technology skills agency and worked extensively with local start-ups in an advisory capacity. Julian holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Durham University, UK.
Director Supply Chain
Stephane heads up supply chain management and logistics for Innolith. He oversees technical and commercial negotiations and the management of supplier contracts. Stephane was previously SVP Operations and SVP Supply Chain at battery manufacturer Alevo during a four year period.
Prior to his career in the battery industry, Stephane worked with Preziontechnik AG, a component supplier in the automotive and construction industries, where he rose from Continuous Improvement Manager to CEO. Other career experience also includes Altran Technologies AG and Volvo Powertrain North America.
Stephane holds an Executive MBA from IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland, a Masters Degree in Technology and Innovation Management from EM, Lyon, Franc and an engineering degree from ECAM, Lyon, France.
Director, Investor Relations
Mikhail Seleznev joined Innolith as Director, Investor Relations in 2018. His responsibilities include building relations with the company’s current and potential investors as well as the broader investment community.
Mikhail brings on board more than ten years of experience in senior roles in equity research at leading global investment banks, including Managing Director and Head of Russia Equity Research at Citibank, Managing Director at Deutsche Bank and Vice President at Credit Suisse. His areas of coverage included power utilites and basic materials. Mikhail was a lead analyst on several flagship IPOs in his sector and was voted #1 analyst in Extel/ThomsonReuters Russia Metals and Mining Survey.
His more recent corporate experience includes the positions of Director, Planning and Analysis at Sibur, the largest gas processing company in Russia and Director, Capital Markets at Polyus Gold International, the largest gold mining company on the London Stock Exchange at the time of Mikhail’s employment.
Mikhail has an MBA Degree from Texas Christian University in Ft. Worth, TX. and a CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation.
Director, Human resources
Alissa has over 20 years’ experience in the field of Human Resources having worked at several large multinational companies. She joined Innolith from the Serbian multinational oil and gas company Naftna Industrija Srbije where she was Director of Compensation & Benefits for over 11,000 employees.
At Innolith, Alissa is responsible for the development and deployment of HR strategies to attract, manage, develop, motivate and retain key people. She also leads the creation of the Innolith culture to build a high-performance organisation capable of achieving the business objectives, action plans and aggressive targets of the company.
Previous senior experience has included roles with Heineken, St. Petersburg Airport, Swiss private bank Ehinger & Armand von Ernst and the multinational BNP–Dresdner Bank.
Alissa holds a Honors Master Degree in Human resources Management from St. Petersburg State University of Finance & Economics, GRP (Global Reward Professional) certification and is currently studying for a CIPD 7th level certification and Masters in HR at Kingston University in the UK.
Laurence joined Innolith in 2017 as Financial Director to lead business unit finance teams and manage the internal and external financial reporting. Prior to this, Laurence was Group Chief Accountant at Alevo, a Swiss energy technology company.
Laurence has 30 years of diversified experience in audit, financial controlling, accounting standards, project management, reporting & consolidation, financial process analysis, financial analysis, costing systems and performance measurement. During her 15 years with Ernst & Young and 5 years with Mazars in Switzerland she served national and international clients across various industries, including Utilities and Public Sector.
Laurence is an expert in accounting standards and has conducted several conversion projects to IFRS and IPSAS. She has also provided expertise and assistance in interpretation and practical implementation of international accounting standards to companies.
Laurence is a Swiss certified expert for accounting and controlling and a licensed audit expert in Switzerland.
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