June 4, 2020: Clarios, the largest lead battery maker in the world, named Mark Wallace as its new CEO and president on May 18. Interim CEO John Barkhouse steps down but will continue as board chairman.
Wallace joined from Dana Incorporated. He was previously executive vice president and president of commercial vehicle drive and motion systems with the firm. Dana is a supplier of integrated drivetrain and electrified propulsion systems which are used in automotive applications.
He had worked there since 2008. Before that he spent almost two decades with Webasto Products, most latterly as its CEO.
“Mark has a demonstrated history of driving revenue growth and improving profit margins. His experience as a leader with extensive knowledge of the OE and aftermarket industries ensures Clarios and its customers are in good hands, and our strategic plan will continue to advance globally,” said Barkhouse.
Former CEO and president Joe Walicki retired in September 2019, when he also stepped down as president of Battery Council International’s board of directors.
He had been with Johnson Controls for 30 years, most latterly as vice president for its Power Solutions division. He was made president and CEO of the battery business when it was sold to the asset management firm Brookfield Business Partners in 2018 and renamed Clarios.
As well as making around one in three of all car batteries worldwide, Clarios also makes batteries for stationary storage systems.