CHICAGO --- Battery Council International (BCI) has announced the appointment of David M. "Dave" Shaffer to President of the BCI Board of Directors effective Sept. 1 succeeding Joseph A. "Joe" Walicki who has announced he will step down as president and resign from the BCI Board of Directors effective Aug. 31 coinciding with his retirement.
"We are excited to welcome Dave into his new role as BCI's president and we are eager to see where his leadership will take us, as the organization is poised to enter a new strategic planning phase," said Kevin Moran, BCI executive vice president. "On behalf of BCI, I'd like to extend my gratitude to Joe for his many contributions and service to BCI. We wish him years of happiness in his retirement."
Shaffer currently serves as director, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of EnerSys, a manufacturer and distributor of reserve power and motive power batteries, battery chargers, power equipment, battery accessories and outdoor equipment enclosure solutions.
Shaffer reaffirmed the focus of BCI by stating that, "Energy storage has never been more important or exciting, and our industry continues to meet the world's energy storage needs as they transition to decarbonization. BCI has a vital role to help its members adapt to an evolving technology and regulatory landscape. I thank the BCI board and membership for the opportunity to serve as president as we work together to sustain our collective success."
Walicki welcomed Shaffer to his position as board president by stating, "As I step down from my role as board president, I am pleased to have Dave assume this leadership position. His passion, energy and commitment to the industry will be valuable to the BCI board, staff and members."
Until Aug. 31 Walicki is the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Clarios, previously known as Johnson Controls Power Solutions. He represents the company in the advancement of energy storage technologies, the support of vehicle energy efficiency standards and is an advocate for sound energy and environmental policies.
In announcing his retirement, Walicki stated, "After more than 30 years at Johnson Controls, now Clarios, I am looking forward to the next chapter in my life. I have never been as proud as I am today of the Clarios team and the work they have done and will continue to perform under its leadership. My wife, Claire, and I look forward to returning to our home back East where we will be surrounded by our family and reconnect with longtime friends."
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About David M. Shaffer
David M. "Dave" Shaffer was appointed director, president and chief executive officer of EnerSys effective April 2016. He served as president and chief operating officer of EnerSys from November 2014 through March 2016, and EnerSys' President - Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) from January 2013 through October 2014. From 2008 to 2013, he was President - Asia. Previously he was responsible for EnerSys' telecommunication sales in the Americas. He has worked in various roles of increased responsibility in the industry since 1989.
Shaffer received a Master of Business Administration from Marquette University and Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois.
About Joseph A. Walicki
Joseph A."Joe" Walicki has more than 30 years of leadership experience in the automotive and energy storage industry. He has held several sales and operations leadership positions with Johnson Controls Building Technology and Solutions and Power Solutions division, now Clarios. He currently serves as the president and chief executive officer, overseeing all aspects of the global business. He joined Johnson Controls in 1988.
In this role, he represents the company in the advancement of energy storage technologies, the support of vehicle energy efficiency standards and is an advocate for sound energy and environmental policies.
Prior to being appointed to his current role in 2014, he held positions of increasing responsibility across the business. He served as group vice president and general manager, Systems, Services, and Solutions, North America, as part of Johnson Controls Building Technology and Solutions division.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Drexel University and a Master of Business Administration from LaSalle University.
About Battery Council International
Battery Council International is the North American trade association representing the lead-based battery manufacturing, supply, recycling and distribution companies. For more information on the association, visit www.batterycouncil.org.