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EnerDel hires first post-bankruptcy chief executive

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EnerDel made its first executive appointments since exiting bankruptcy under private ownership.

David Roberts, who has been the company's intellectual property lawyer since January 2011, is the new CEO. Richard Quirin, who was chief financial officer at IMMI, a seatbelt maker based in Westfield, is the new CFO.

"Solidifying our management team has been a critical first step in helping us regain our leadership role in the advanced battery industry," Roberts said. "This group–and the entire EnerDel team–will be diligently working to secure new business to support the growth objectives that are integral to our revised corporate strategy.”

EnerDel's parent, New York-based Ener1, sought bankruptcy reorganization in January. A restructuring completed in March left EnerDel as one of several companies held by Moscow-based Z1 Investment Group. Z1 owner Boris Zingarevich had invested heavily in the lithium-ion battery maker and supplied $50 million in exit financing.

EnerDel also announced that several executives have been named as group directors. The list includes Robert Kamischke, who will oversee U.S. cell manufacturing and Sean Hendrix, chief of engineering.

EnerDel has its headquarters in Indianapolis. The company has about 250 workers in Indianapolis, a spokesman said.

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  • Watch for liquidation
    On 7/26/13 Enerdel in Mt. Comfort (Greenfield) eliminated 65 people (over half of the employees working there). The remaining employees were only guaranteed 13 more weeks of pay before they are to be let go. Goldman Sachs has failed to find an investor willing to buy the company since they have no customer orders. Watch in the next couple of months for Enerdel to be shut down and liquidated. Another green energy project failed at taxpayer expense even after Mitch Daniels and Joe Biden touted the jobs to be created. Someone needs to do some investigative reporting to find out what happened

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