President & Chief Executive Officer
Founder & Chief Technology OfficerBen co-founded Enevate in 2005 (originally as Carbon Micro Battery) and is an expert in the areas of novel carbon manufacturing techniques, battery materials screening and development, and battery chemistry. As CTO of Enevate, he is currently leading the battery development effort. He has authored over 25 technical journal and conference publications.Ben holds a PhD in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Irvine, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Seoul University in Korea.
Executive Vice President, Marketing & Products
Jarvis has over 26 years experience in the electronics, semiconductor, wireless, and Li-ion battery industry. Prior to working with Enevate in 2008, he was Vice President and Division General Manager at CalAmp Corp. Jarvis has also held executive roles at several startups including President & COO at Apix Nanovations, Vice President at Staccato Communications, and Vice President at Silicon Wave (acquired by RFMD, and subsequently by Qualcomm), driving new Bluetooth and Ultra-Wideband solutions and working with consumer electronics and mobile handset OEMs. Previously at Intel, Jarvis co-founded the Wireless Products Operation and also held various management positions in microprocessor, personal connectivity, settop box, and mobile phone businesses. Jarvis started his career at Motorola as an IC design engineer.
Jarvis holds 3 issued patents, serves on the Engineering and Electrical Engineering Advisory Boards at the University of San Diego, and has served as Board Director of other technology companies. He holds an MBA from Arizona State University, a MS in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Vice President, Engineering
Steve has over 26 years experience in engineering, manufacturing operations, product creation, and process development. Prior to Enevate, he was co-founder and COO of Polystor Energy Corporation in Livermore, California developing advanced Li-ion batteries. Before that, Steve was Vice President of Operations at Ultracell, a developer of portable micro fuel cells. Steve has also held senior management roles at Ener1 and EnerDel for lithium battery development and manufacturing, and at Polystor Corporation driving all aspects of manufacturing of advanced Li-ion prismatic and polymer batteries. Earlier, Steve started his career with lead positions at Procter & Gamble, and Davis Wire in various manufacturing and operational roles.
With 4 patents filed, Steve is a trained six-sigma black belt and holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Todd has over 30 years experience in engineering and manufacturing operations. His main focus over the past 20 years has been supportingTier1 OEMs developing and transitioning their portable power needs into high volume manufacturing primarily in Mexico and China. Prior to joining Enevate in 2011, Todd was Vice President of Product Development at Powergenix and was also part of the management team in Sanyo’s battery business for 16 years. Previous to that, Todd has work in both factory automation and advanced military design environments at General Electric, Gould Electronics, and Martin Marietta Space Systems.
Todd is trained in Six Sigma and quality system design, is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) for facilities management, and holds degrees in both Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from the University of South Florida.
Vice President Manufacturing
Kirk has over 31 years of experience in manufacturing, operations, and general management in several industries worldwide, spanning from coated films to electronic components to photovoltaic solar cells and modules. Prior to joining Enevate, he was COO of Global Solar Energy, a manufacturer of thin-film solar products. Kirk has also held several executive management roles at KEMET Electronics over 18 years including VP of the Film & Electrolytic business group in Europe, VP of global corporate acquisition and integration activities, and general manager and director of operations in China. Previous to that, he was with Fuji Photo Film and Union Carbide in a various manufacturing and management positions.
Kirk is trained in six sigma and lean manufacturing, and holds a BS in Industrial Management with a minor in Chemistry from Purdue University.
Michael A. Russell
Vice President, Finance & Administration
Michael has over 30 years of experience in the technology and finance industry. Prior to working with Enevate starting in 2008, he has held CFO roles at various companies including MaxLinear, American Technology, and Metallic Power. Mike has been associated with both private and public companies leading accounting, credit and collections, treasury, financial planning and budgeting, information systems, SOX compliance, and HR functions. Previously, Mike was Vice President at Fair Isaac, CFO at Cerwin-Vega, and VP Finance and Treasurer at Vitesse Semiconductor. He holds an MBA and BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.