Altair Nanotechnologies Appoints New CEO, CFO

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Energy-storage provider Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. (Altair) says that Dr. H. Frank Gibbard has been appointed president and CEO of the company, replacing Terry Copeland, who has resigned from Altair's board of directors. In addition, Stephen B. Huang has been appointed vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), replacing John Fallini.

Both Gibbard and Huang were appointed at a special board of directors meeting and assumed their new positions Sept. 18.

Gibbard has more than 30 years of experience in the battery and fuel-cell businesses, having served as vice president of research, development and advanced engineering at Duracell and as CEO of fuel-cell company H Power Corp. He holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Huang is a seasoned financial executive with 18 years of experience with U.S. companies. He is experienced in the financial management of joint U.S.-Chinese companies.

Separately, the company has also announced that Pierre Lortie, a member of Altair's board of directors, has resigned.

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