Mystery as Arvers succeeds Narishkin as Bitrode CEO

Mystery as Arvers succeeds Narishkin as Bitrode CEO

Mystery as Arvers succeeds Narishkin as Bitrode CEO 905 1024 Batteries International

March 13, 2024: Pierre-Jean Arvers (pictured) has succeeded Cyril Narishkin as CEO of US-based energy storage and battery testing equipment company Bitrode — but mystery surrounds the reason for the move.

The Schuler Group, which acquired Bitrode and the Sovema Group in 2022, confirmed Arvers’ appointment to Batteries International today, but declined to say when he took up the post or comment on the reason for Narishkin’s departure.

Narishkin told Batteries International today: “The only comment I have is that I wish the new Bitrode leader all the best and lots of success to the awesome Bitrode team.”

In a LinkedIn post Narishkin said he was “looking for a new leadership role”.

He said he was proud of what Bitrode accomplished during his five years at the helm, “especially the launch of a new machine that has won contracts with major EV OEMs”.

Narishkin is the fourth CEO to stand down from their position at Bitrode in the past 12 years.

At the time of Bitrode’s acquisition by Schuler, Narishkin said the takeover would help the firm “accelerate new product offerings and help Bitrode reach its technological potential”.

Schuler, which is part of the international technology group Andritz, said Arvers has more than 20 years of international experience including chemistry and chemical engineering.

“The plan is to propel Bitrode to new operational heights through Arvers’ astute customer-centric approach to executive leadership in the EV, energy storage, and battery testing industries.”

 According to Arvers’ LinkedIn profile, he was most recently general manager of speciality wires, cables and braided sleevings group Omerin USA.

He is also a former president of NAATBat International and president of Digatron Power Electronics USA.