Hands-on executive with significant experience successfully leading teams through new business start-ups, technology launches, turnarounds and strategic alliances in the US, UK, China, Japan, Germany and Italy. Strong engineering, operations, strategy, negotiation and communication skills focused on driving growth and new products to market. Managed Direct Sales and Licensing Activities in excess of $3B.
Board Director January 2009 to CurrentVenture Capital
Protean Holdings Corp, Delaware Corporation with R&D Center in UK, Operations in China.
Development and production of electric drive motors for hybrid and electric vehicle applications.
January 2010 to Current
Chairman and CEO January 2010 to January 2013
Reorganized company operations, recruited new management team and closed $84M Series C investment with US and Chinese investors.
Board Director January 2009 to January 2014Boston-Power Inc
Delaware Corporation with R&D Center in US, Operations in China.
Development and production of lithium-ion battery systems for hybrid and electric vehicle applications Helped management team launch product in global auto industry.
Purcell & Associates LLC, Advisory firm founded and owned by myself.
Notable projects include: MidAmerican Energy Holdings (Berkshire Hathaway): Post-transaction strategy for BYD investment.
Delphi Automotive: Assessed business unit technology and business plans for new Board of Directors.
January 1982 to January 2008GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION
Vice President January 2001 to January 2008GM Powertrain Group
Responsible for $2B outside sales activity Planning, Sales, Strategic Alliances and New Business Development Staff in US, Brazil, Germany, Korea and China Accomplishments: Created $1B licensing portfolio, major deals included transmissions with Ford Motor Company and hybrid drive systems with Daimler, BMW and Chrysler.
Negotiated VM Motori 50% equity purchase.
Formed Joint Venture with Penske Corporation.
Negotiated technology co-development agreements with Toyota, Daimler, BMW and Chrysler.
General Manager January 1994 to January 2001GM Advanced Technology Vehicles Group
Development and production of electric, alternative fuel and military vehicles and drive systems Staff in US, Mexico, Canada and Germany Accomplishments: Led development, production and market launch of GM EV-1 and S-10e electric vehicles.
Led development of industry-leading electric and hybrid drive and control systems.
Executive Director January 1993 to January 1994
Developed portfolio strategy for all sectors including automotive, defense, & financial services.
Reported to President and Chairman of the Board, worked directly with Corporate Executives and Board of Directors.
Accomplishments: Led development and supported implementation of corporate restructuring plan that significantly improved GM's operating and financial performance for nearly a decade.
Director of Business Planning, GM North American Operations.
January 1992 to January 1993
Developed turnaround plan for the troubled $70B North American Operations of the GM Corporation.
Reported to Executive Director, North American Planning, worked directly with Senior Operating Executives.
Accomplishments: Architect of plan that resulted in one of the largest turnarounds in corporate history.
Director of Planning, GM Powertrain Group January 1991 to January 1992
Developed technology, business and organizational strategies for new Powertrain Group which ultimately included consolidation of all engine, transmission & foundry operations worldwide.
Reported to VP of Powertrain, interfacing operations & staff consolidated into the group.
Accomplishments: Helped create the initial structure which would grow to become the $30B GM Powertrain Group.
Director of Finance January 1988 to January 1992
Responsible for Finance & Planning of premium engine production.
Management and Analyst January 1982 to January 1988
Finance, Planning and Program Management experience at B-O-C Group, Corporate Staff and Pontiac Motor Division.
Automotive Technician and Service Manager January 1970 to January 1980
formula class race cars, and unlimited class race motorcycles.
Experience in both independent garages and dealerships.
Self-financed college education.
Dartmouth Tuck School of Business - Executive Development ProgramIndiana University, Kelley School of Business
MBA : Finance and StrategyGPA: Beta Gamma SigmaFinance and Strategy Beta Gamma Sigma
Bachelor of Fine Arts : Studio ArtsMassachusetts College of Art and Design － Boston, MAStudio Arts
2009University of MarylandGPA: College Park - Philosophy of Science, Honors Program HONORS/AFFILIATIONS MIT Clean Energy Prize - National Judge 2009 and 2010, Mentor 2014 General Motors Chairman's Honors 1997, 2002 and 2007 IU Kelley School of Business, Dean's Advisory Council College Park - Philosophy of Science, Honors Program HONORS/AFFILIATIONS MIT Clean Energy Prize - National Judge 2009 and 2010, Mentor 2014 General Motors Chairman's Honors 1997, 2002 and 2007 IU Kelley School of Business, Dean's Advisory Council
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