Indianapolis-based lithium battery recycler Retriev Technologies has named David Klanecky chief executive officer and Luke Kissam chairman of the board of directors. Retriev says the appointments are part of efforts to bolster its leadership team to take advantage of growth opportunities.
Retriev says former chairman and CEO Steven Kinsbursky will continue to serve on its board of directors.
Klanecky most recently served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for North Carolina-based Piedmont Lithium (Nasdaq: PLL). He has also held various senior management roles at Albemarle Corp. (NYSE: ALB), a specialty chemical company in North Carolina.
“The opportunity to lead Retriev as our global economy rapidly becomes more reliant on batteries is an exciting challenge,” said Klanecky. “There are so many value-creating opportunities to identify and implement effective processes and services, and I am thrilled to work with the team to strengthen our position in the marketplace.”
Kissam currently serves as partner at Bernhard Capital Partners Management LP in Louisiana. He previously served as chairman, president, and CEO of Albemarle Corp., where Retriev says he worked closely with Klanecky.
“David has the perfect experience and strategic skillset to lead Retriev on its growth journey,” said Jeff Laborsky, board member of Retriev Technologies. “His deep experience in the energy storage space as well as his diverse background in growing businesses is a unique combination of skills that will match the activity in this rapidly growing and entrepreneurial category. The working relationship that he has with David, and the successes that they have shared, will provide dividends immediately.”
Last year, Indianapolis-based The Heritage Group merged its Heritage Battery Recycling business with Retriev, creating what they call the largest lithium-ion battery recycler in North America.