Palladium Energy

Palladium Energy Leadership Team

John J. Gatti, 
President and Chief Executive Officer

As President and Chief Executive Officer, John oversees the global strategic operations, customer satisfaction and industry leadership at Palladium Energy. John has a long and distinguished career with more than 25 years of experience with technology, engineering and manufacturing within the aerospace and defense sector. Prior to working at Palladium, John held several senior leadership positions at BAE Systems Inc., Armor Holdings Inc. and Raytheon Co. and most recently, President and Chief Operating Officer of MicroSun Technologies’ U.S. and Malaysia Divisions. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Norwich University, a Master of Science degree in Systems Design and Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a current board member on the Norwich University’s Board of Trustees and the chair of the organization’s technology committee.

Dr. Like Xie,
Vice President, Chief Technical Advisor

As Palladium Energy's Vice President, Chief Technical Advisor, Dr. Like Xie brings 30 years of experience in battery technologies such as Lead acid, Ni-Cd, Ni-MH, Li Metal and li-ion batteries, with extensive Li-ion battery expertise in cathode development, cell design, cell production, cell testing, battery design and battery testing. Like has extensive knowledge in all lithium-ion cell producers' production processes and builds on that expertise to select cells, test cells and audit cell suppliers for various applications to ensure safety and performance. He is a member of the UL Standards Technical Panel (UL 1642 and UL 2054) and part of a working group for IEEE1725, IEEE1625 and Telcordia Standard for Large Li Battery. Like holds a Ph.D. in Solid State Chemistry from Alfred University and conducted post-doctoral research in Li Metal battery technology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Bob Sweeney,
Vice President, Operations

As Vice President, Operations at Palladium Energy, Bob Sweeney is responsible for leading global operational efforts including engineering programs and processes, supply chain, product assurance and manufacturing. Bob brings over 30 years of experience in global operational excellence, business re-engineering, product management, manufacturing, plant management and corporate technology and testing from companies like Tyco Electronics and AMP Inc. He holds a Master of Science in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Lehigh University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Bucknell University.

Anson Martin,
Vice President, Global Sales and Business Development

As Vice President, Global Sales and Business Development at Palladium, Anson Martin creates and executes global and regional sales strategies. Anson brings over 15 years of business development experience in the battery industry to Palladium, and builds on experience gained in the U.K., China and the U.S. He holds a MBA specializing in global management and international marketing and a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.

Melissa Davis,
Vice President, Human Resources

As Vice President, Human Resources, Melissa Davis is responsible for strategically leading and implementing global human capital strategies to increase organizational effectiveness including performance, compensation and benefits management; employee and talent development; talent acquisition; change management; employee engagement and succession planning to successfully enable Palladium as an Employer of Choice. She brings 20 years of Human Resources leadership and expertise to Palladium and has a Master of Business Administration from Lewis University, a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Illinois and is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR).

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2012 North American Entrepreneurial Company of the Year

Today, we announced that we’ve received Frost & Sullivan’s prestigious “2012 North American Entrepreneurial Company of the Year” award.

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Our Brazil Facility Invests in the Community

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Every year, our Manaus facility is required to invest R&D funds to help push technology and innovation locally. This year, we partnered with a local organization, FPF Tech, to open a Computer Training Informatics (CTI) center in Manaus' New Israel neighborhood. Containing 15 computers and printers, CTI provides free job training for people with low income and social vulnerability.

Since the grand opening in June, over 250 students have graduated—already exceeding the 2014 goal! A huge success! We thank our Brazil team for their focus on giving back while manufacturing power solutions for the world's largest OEMs and contract manufacturers.

"By supporting the training center, we favor education and training as being pillars for people’s future success. It enhances the positive relationship we have with our neighbors and employees, as they too will be able to enjoy the courses offered.” –Bob Murayama, Director, Brazil Operations





































Manaus to Host 2014 FIFA World Cup Matches!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

This is an exciting time for our Palladium family in Brazil as they prepare to kick-off and host the 2014 FIFA World Cup starting tomorrow June 12, 2014 through July 13, 2014 at various locations including Manaus where we manufacture battery packs, AC adapters, and WiFi cards!

Brazil will be the focus of the world over the next month … a big moment in history when all of the best football (soccer) players gather to compete to see which country has the best team.

Of course, our Manaus family is ready for the event to begin. The plant is decorated to celebrate this occasion and cheer for the Brazil team! May the best team win!

Top 5 Reasons to Work at Palladium

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

We’re looking for highly talented, motivated and dedicated people to fill various positions in engineering, program management, IT and finance at our corporate headquarters in Woodridge, IL .

This made me start to think about why I wanted to grow my career at Palladium Energy.

Over four years ago, based on interaction I had with Palladium through a different company, I was so impressed with the people and growth in the lithium-based battery pack industry that I decided to proactively seek-out job opportunities. At the time, Palladium did not have a formal marketing department. And as the saying goes…timing is everything! They just happened to be looking for a leader to start the first-ever marketing function as they looked to diversify their business mix and grow in key markets. Knowing there would be a ton of opportunity to grow, learn and be challenged with starting and leading a core function, I went after the position they were looking to fill with full-force!

So why work at Palladium? There are five core reasons based on my personal experience and other feedback I received from other Palladium staffers:

1. The People: Work with the best and brightest…in a family-oriented environment. People that care, are passionate and want to make a difference in our industry.

2. Supportive Culture: An environment with great camaraderie, support and plenty of opportunity for fun … all based on our six Core Values—Character, Teamwork, Accountability, Innovation, Results and Customers.

3. Learn & Grow: Batteries are a HOT industry … coined by US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz to be as “transformative to economy/modern life as the oil & gas boom”. Lots of room to learn, grow and work on power solutions for mission-critical devices that impact lives!

4. Be Challenged: Work in a challenging environment where there is never a dull moment—lots problems to solve and solutions to offer—no matter what functional area you are in (HR, finance, marketing, engineering, sales, operations, etc.).

5. Access to Senior Leaders: We’re a medium-sized, global company (locations in six different countries!) where everyone has exposure to the senior leaders. That means you’ll never be just an Employee ID number!

I feel as passionate about the people at Palladium and industry today as I did over four years ago. If you’re looking for a family-oriented, supportive work environment with a ton of opportunity to grow, learn and be challenged, contact us today. Be sure to check out the job descriptions for the positions we’re looking to fill now.

 --Rebecca Kritzman, director, marketing & communications

Celebrate Safety this National Battery Day!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Two hundred and sixty nine years ago today, Italian physicist, Alessandro Volta, was born in a small town in Como, Italy.  At the age of 55, Volta invented the first battery, and as a result, today the world celebrates National Battery Day!  Batteries have come a long way since the turn of the 19th century, so on this National Battery Day, lets celebrate the evolution of battery safety, dating all the way back to Mr. Volta himself.

Volta Trough BatteryVolta’s namesake invention, the voltaic pile, was comprised of pairs of copper and zinc discs piled on top of each other.  The discs were separated by a layer of brine-soaked cloth, which served as the electrolyte.  The battery lasted an hour at best and came with several challenges, such as short circuits caused by electrolyte leakage.  Yes, even back in 1800 electrical engineers were challenged by battery performance and safety!  To solve this performance challenge, the voltaic pile was turned sideways and placed in a box, becoming known as the trough battery.

Electrolyte Leakage in Sealed Lead Acid Batteries

Fast forward 60 years when French physicist, Gaston Plante revolutionized battery power by inventing a lead-acid battery that passed reverse current through the system, making it the world’s first rechargeable battery.  Yet, the lead-acid battery also suffered from electrolyte leaks, posing safety risks to end-users. It wasn’t until the 1970’s when sealed lead-acid batteries were developed, using a gel electrolyte instead of liquid to prevent leakage.

In 1899, battery chemistry advanced again when nickel-cadmium batteries were introduced, becoming popular in portable power tools, flashlights, etc.  However, safety and environmental risks associated with disposing cadmium caused researchers to develop nickel-hydrogen and nickel metal-hydride batteries.

In the early 1900’s experimentation began on lithium batteries due to lithium’s impressive electrochemical potential and energy-to-weight ratio.  Early models were based on metallic lithium, which offered high energy density but inherent instability issues.  By the late 1980’s a more stable version of the lithium battery, the lithium-ion battery, was developed and first commercialized by Sony in 1991.

Recent high-profile lithium battery safety incidents have underscored the need for our industry to better understand failure modes, develop better characterization tools, and learn from the improvement of energy storage technology safety.  Most importantly, the commercial market must add safety layers into the balancing, failure forecasting, and detection of catastrophic event precursors in order to maximize the operational safety of cells, module and packs.

At Palladium Energy, we’re proud to be the only custom battery pack manufacturer with an independent, CTIA Authorized testing facility. Located in Shanghai, IQ Laboratories is our mark on battery history – leading the way to safer battery packs with lithium technologies.  We’ve proven that performance testing, environmental testing and R&D can mitigate risks, such as thermal runaway.

We’re enormously proud of our record and our industry – innovating power solutions to meet next-generation needs!  Happy National Battery Day!



- Rebecca Kritzman, director of global marketing

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