Paul Hancock and John Griffiths, former Aston Martin and Rolls Royce executives, join leading European electric vehicle battery producer
[London / Bratislava: XX June 2021]: Leading European electric vehicle battery producer, InoBat Auto (InoBat) has today announced two new senior hires with the appointment of Paul Hancock as Chief Financial Officer and John Griffiths as Chief Operating Officer.
Paul Hancock joins InoBat following a long-term leadership role at Aston Martin, while John Griffiths will bring significant Operations and Programme Management experience following his supply-chain focus at leading automakers including Rolls Royce, Nissan and Aston Martin.
The pair will now reunite with former Aston Martin CEO and current Non-Executive Vice Chair of InoBat, Andy Palmer as the European battery producer continues international ambitions to design, develop and produce customised electric vehicle batteries to meet the exact requirements of any electric vehicle, faster and more efficiently than competitors.
Paul Hancock, Former Deputy Chief Financial Officer at Aston Martin UK and Head of Finance at Ricardo, will take on the role of Chief Financial Officer at InoBat. John Griffiths, who joins InoBat as Chief Operating Officer, will bring more than 30 years of C-level experience from the automotive industry, having previously served as Chief Transformational Officer at Aston Martin UK and holding several long-term positions at Rolls Royce and Nissan Motor.
Paul Hancock, Chief Financial Officer of InoBat Auto commented: “I’m thrilled to be joining InoBat at such an exciting time for the company and the automotive industry. InoBat is a world class company and I look forward to working with the team as they accelerate the rapid and necessary evolution into the electrification of transport across Europe.”
Chief Operating Officer of InoBat Auto, John Griffiths added: “I am delighted to take on the role of COO at InoBat, and look forward to helping to achieve the company’s global ambitions for the electric vehicle battery market. Marian Bocek and the team have made fantastic progress already and I look forward to embarking on the journey with this rapidly growing, unique company.”
InoBat began construction on a first-of-its-kind electric vehicle battery technology centre and pilot line earlier this month, which followed the completion of their first commercial agreement with SOR in April 2021. InoBat is now preparing to build a 1GWh Gigafactory in Voderady, Slovakia before scaling up to a 32GWh Gigafactory to support and serve the international market at scale.
Marian Bocek, Co-Founder and CEO of InoBat Auto, commented: “Paul Hancock and John Griffiths both bring a wealth of experience to InoBat and we are proud delighted to welcome them to the company at this important stage in our development. They are two very important additions which will further strengthen our management team and their appointments signal a very exciting time for the company.”
InoBat is backed by a strong consortium of investors and technology companies, including lead investor IPM Group (IPM) – the fastest growing InfraTech asset managers who specialise in bringing ground-breaking technologies from Silicon Valley to Europe – strategic investors and partners include CEZ (strategic investment of EUR 10m) Matador, AEN, MSM Group, Across and Wildcat Discovery Technologies.