EnerDel Inc. CEO David Roberts has resigned and chief operating officer Michael Canada will replace him on an interim basis, the Indianapolis lithium-ion battery manufacturer announced Thursday afternoon.
Roberts steps down after taking the post in June 2012 in the wake of the company’s Chapter 11 restructuring.
He took the helm as the company changed its strategy amid sluggish demand for the electric cars its batteries were developed to power.
Roberts began as CEO soon after EnerDel emerged from bankruptcy protection.
“It has been my honor to lead EnerDel over the past two years as the company stabilized and built a sustainable business model in the fickle space of lithium-ion batteries,” he said in a prepared statement.
“I believe that EnerDel is now positioned for an exciting growth stage as the market recognizes the value of implementing energy storage strategies today. There is still work to be done in the industry, and I think that Mike [Canada] will do a great job solidifying EnerDel’s spot as a market leader.”
Roberts will "continue to support" company during its leadership transition, EnerDel said.
Canada, his replacement, has been with the company since January. He was previously a vice president and general manager for Altairnano, another lithium-ion battery maker. He also worked for DaimlerChrysler, Goodrich Aerospace, Harman/Becker Automotive Systems and Praxair.
“The company is at the right spot strategically to capitalize on the growing understanding of how lithium-ion energy storage can facilitate our broader goals of energy security and independence, as well as the sustainable impact of integrating renewables on our grid,” Canada said in a prepared statement. “Our focus will be on delivering beyond our current customers’ expectations and cultivating new customers based on our historic success.”