June 18, 2019: Exide Technologies has announced the latest in a number of senior changes at the lead battery manufacturer and recycler, naming Michael Judd as executive vice president and chief operations officer on June 17.
Judd, who will lead the global manufacturing operations from the company’s head office in Milton, Georgia, has held senior positions in the auto industry, most notably with Johnson Controls Power Solutions (now Clarios), where he worked for 12 years. This includes two as vice president of operations for the US and Canada and before that in Shanghai, China, as director of operations for Asia for two years.
Judd had a break from the battery industry for two years, where as vice president of operations for Dover Food Retail he was responsible for manufacturing, supply chain, purchasing and sourcing from June 2017.
He is now back in the sector with Exide.
“It is great to be back in the battery manufacturing business as part of the Exide Technologies team,” he told Batteries International.
“From an industry perspective, motive power, network power and transportation lead-acid batteries aren’t going away, and companies like Exide with a strong core competency and expertise in lead acid battery technology are still very relevant and will be around for a long time.
“Specifically for Exide, we have invested in developing new technologies, like EFB, and see the automotive battery aftermarket shifting away from AGM batteries to EFB.
“My role at Exide will centre around driving operational performance by leveraging our current investments in equipment and processes configured to manufacture EFB and standard lead acid batteries. We will be doing all of this with a sharp focus on operating in an environmentally responsible way, ensuring the safety of our employees and maintaining the highest quality in the products we deliver to our customers.”
“Mike is a talented, results-driven manufacturing leader and his extensive battery manufacturing expertise brings us the capabilities we need to execute our growth strategy,” said Tim Vargo, president and CEO of Exide Technologies.
Judd is the latest of four senior appointments made since Vargo became CEO last November.
In April, John Gasparovic was appointed executive vice president, chief legal officer and secretary. In January, Stefan Stübing was made executive vice president and president of the EMEA region, while Brian Woodworth was appointed senior vice president and chief information officer.