Lithium battery recycler Retriev Technologies has made two appointments to its leadership team to take advantage of the expanding battery recycling market.
The company has appointed David Klanecky as its CEO and Luke Kissam as chairman of the board of directors.
Klanecky joins the North American end-of-life battery management firm from Piedmont Lithium, where he served as executive vice president and chief operating officer.
He was hired because of his experience in the energy storage space.
Prior to Piedmont Lithium, Klanecky held senior management roles at Albemarle Corporation and The Dow Chemical Company catalysts where he launched the Dow Energy Materials Business, which focused on lithium-ion battery materials.
At Albermarle, he served as vice president – Lithium Operations – APAC/EU, with global responsibility for its manufacturing/operations, process technology and product management within the global lithium business.
Kissam serves as partner at Bernhard Capital Partners Management, LP.
Previously, he served as chairman, president, and CEO of Albemarle Corporation, where he worked closely with Klanecky.
Retriev Technologies is backed by Indiana-based The Heritage Group and affiliates and California-based Kinsbursky Bros. Int’l.
Steven Kinsbursky will continue to serve on the board of directors for Retriev and as president and CEO for KBI.
Retriev uses a patented hydrometallurgical process to recover materials necessary for the manufacturing of lithium-ion batteries.