Chris Pruitt has been promoted to president and CEO of lead-acid firm East Penn Manufacturing.
Pruitt, who has been with the US-based company since May 1994, succeeds Dan Langdon.
Langdon, who became CEO in 2014, is retiring after 32 years of service. However, he will sit on family-owned East Penn’s board— and the company hailed Langdon’s role in achieving “significant growth”.
East Penn chairman Dan Breidegam praised Langdon’s “tireless service and leadership”— and said Pruitt would “continue to uphold my family’s vision and values”.
Last year, East Penn joined other major lead-acid suppliers and distributors in an investment boost for advanced battery firm Gridtential and the development of its Silicon Joule technology.
East Penn’s VP of technology Kevin Smith said the company continued to “explore advanced battery technologies and strongly believes that lead-based solutions will play a significant role in powering future needs”.