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Denise Gray, GM’s Director of Battery Engineering, Leaving For California Start-Up

Denise Gray, Director of Global Battery Engineering for General Motors since 2006, will leave GM on Friday, 5 March to take a senior leadership position with an unidentified venture capital-backed battery start-up company based in California. Further details are expected in the near future.

Although Gray has worked for General Motors for more than 30 years, she is best known for her work shepherding the 2011 Chevrolet Volt battery pack through its development, and leaves the company with the bulk of development already completed.

The first Volt pack built on production tooling was completed on 7 January, approximately four years after the Volt project was announced. Gray's tenure has seen GM’s battery lab facilities have grown from about 25 to more than 200 employees.

—Jack Rosebro

Comments

Henry Gibson

An election slogan that has long only been in memory is "A Chicken in Every Pot and a Car in Every Garage." Chicken was once a relatively expensive food, and veal and tuna fish were substituted for it in recipies. As you may know my motto is a ZEBRA battery in every car, and they are also now too expensive like lithium, but until then EFFPOWER and FIREFLY and others can be good for most plug in hybrid automobiles.

Unfortunately the new startup will be just one more lithium battery. Sulphur-dioxide and chlorine are good candidates for an automotive flow battery; The vanadium flow battery is fine for stationary applications and cheap to build. ..HG..

..HG..

kelly

"Denise Gray, Director of Global Battery Engineering for General Motors since 2006, will leave GM on Friday."

"Although Gray has worked for General Motors for more than 30 years, she is best known for her work shepherding the 2011 Chevrolet Volt battery pack.."

Does this say something about THE 'insiders' view of the EV1, I mean Volt, importance and planned EV corporate support?

SJC

After 30 years I would say that the start up made an offer that she could not refuse and the future and GM looked clouded at best. I wish her the best, but no one is indispensable in the corporate world.

kelly

Maybe that's the question, why would the EV battery champion/expert at the new GM have a future that "looked clouded at best."?

Unidentified startups seldom make "an offer that she could not refuse", particularly for someone with thirty years of service.

Did Lutz say, "..no one is indispensable in the corporate world."?

SJC

Start up companies can make some good offers and have to if they are going to get good talent. Many will chose to stay at large companies for security. If the long time employee has been passed over for promotion or their future looks uncertain they might take the chance.

sulleny

Frankly the field of batteries is changing so fast I am sure GM wants a young turk in the position. She got a parachute for when the startup runs out of cash.

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