News Release | April 21, 2023

Battery Council International Announces New Leadership to Guide the Association into Its Second Century

Roger Miksad Promoted to President and Executive Director

CHICAGO – April 21, 2023 – As Battery Council International (BCI) prepares to commemorate its 100th anniversary in 2024, the organization has announced new executive leadership appointments. BCI, the premier trade association for battery manufacturers and recyclers in North America, is committed to driving innovation and promoting sustainablepractices in the industry.

Effective today, Roger Miksad, previously the Executive Vice President and General Counsel, has been promoted by the BCI Board to the position of President and Executive Director. Chris Pruitt, President of the BCI Board from 2021-2023, has been elected by the BCI membership to the new role of Chairman of the Board of Directors, becoming the first person to hold this position in BCI’s history.

In Miksad’s new role, he will serve as an ex-officio member of the Board, bringing his extensive experience and expertise to bear on the organization’s strategic direction and decision-making processes.  Miksad will continue to serve as General Counsel.

“I am pleased to announce that the BCI Board fully supports Roger’s promotion to President and Executive Director,” said Pruitt. “Through his longstanding dedication to the industry and commitment to upholding the highest standards of excellence for the association, Roger has earned the trust and respect of his colleagues and peers. I have no doubt that his strategic vision and leadership will guide us in the right direction, and that BCI will continue to be a driving force for innovation within the battery industry for many years to come.”

“I am honored to assume the role of President of BCI,” said Miksad.  “The battery industry plays a vital role in enabling the transition to less carbon-intensive energy sources. I am excited to lead BCI in providing the necessary services and representation to our members during this transformative era. Our organization is well-positioned to be at the forefront of the electrified future, and I am committed to ensuring that we continue to be a strong advocate for our members’ interests and foster progress within the industry.”

The full BCI Board elected by the BCI members, effective April 21, 2023, includes:

  • BCI Directors & Officers:
    • Chris Pruitt, East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc., Chairman of the BCI Board
    • Bill Moll, GS Yuasa Energy Solutions, Inc., Vice-Chairman of the BCI Board
    • Rick Heller, C&D Technologies and Trojan Battery Company, BCI Treasurer
    • Terry Murphy, Hammond Group, Inc., BCI Secretary
  • BCI Directors:
    • Terry Agrelius, U.S. Battery Manufacturing Co.
    • Marc Andraca, Clarios
    • Thomas Bawart, Banner GmbH
    • Silvano Gelleni, Acumuladores Duncan, C.A.
    • Hal Hawk, Crown Battery Mfg Co.
    • Larry Keith, ENTEK International, LLC
    • Julie McClure, MAC Engineering and Equipment
    • Sergio Moura, Acumuladores Moura SA
    • Marcus Randolph, Ecobat
    • Chad Schuchmann, Daramic
    • David Shaffer, EnerSys Inc.
    • Nick Starita, Hollingsworth & Vose
    • Jamie Surrette, Surrette Battery Co. Ltd.
    • Tim Vargo, Stryten Energy

 

About Battery Council International

Battery Council International (BCI) will soon celebrate its 100-year anniversary as the leading trade association of the North American battery industry representing more than 125 member companies. Formed in 1924, BCI joins together battery manufacturers and recyclers, marketers and retailers, suppliers of raw materials and equipment, and battery distributors from across North America and around the world. BCI members are committed to responsible manufacturing and recycling processes, and serve as a unified voice for environmental, health and safety stewardship. The organization continues to unite members within the lead industry to successfully communicate and protect through education, science, and government efforts the most successful circular economy on the planet. With 99% of used lead batteries collected and recycled in the U.S. and the typical new lead battery containing 80% or more of recycled content, BCI supports the path toward similar sustainability goals for all other battery chemistries. 

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