February 1, 2024: Ecobat said on January 29 Thomas Slabe had been appointed as the company’s third CEO and president in five years with immediate effect.
Slabe (pictured), who will also sit on the board, succeeds Marcus Randolph.
Randolph became president and CEO in March 2022 — following Jimmy Herring’s departure — and he will continue to sit on the board of the lead and lithium recycler as chairman.
Slabe is a former CEO of castings company Neenah Enterprises and a corporate president of Contech Engineered Solutions’ building materials division — both in the US.
Batteries International reported on January 25 that Ecobat had commissioned its first lithium recycling plant in the US.
Ecobat’s lithium sales VP Elliott Ethridge said despite the company’s long history in lead recycling, it made sense to go into lithium: “We see lithium coming on to augment a lot of spaces that lead doesn’t serve.”