QuantumScape loses COO due to management style mismatch

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Selina Mikolajczak, who has held senior positions at Tesla and Panasonic, left QuantumScape less than a year after taking over as chief operating officer at a solid-state battery company. normative documents.

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Mikolajczak and QuantumScape part ways over “different styles of governance between the parties,” reads the filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Mikolajczak will serve as a consultant on the company’s scientific advisory board.

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According to the statement, she intends to focus her career on developing a battery supply chain based entirely in the US.

QuantumScape shares fell 7.7% to close at $10.15, close to a 52-week low of $10.

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The departure ends the fast and furious relationship between the company and Mikolajczak.

Just over a year ago, Mikolajczak took a seat on QuantumScape’s board of directors. She was still vice president of battery technology at Panasonic Energy of North America when she joined the board, telling TechCrunch at the time that her employer “graciously gave her permission” to accept the appointment.

A month later, QuantumScape announced that Mikolajczak would join the company as vice president of manufacturing technology starting in July. She stepped down from the board in connection with the acceptance of the proposal. In his new role, Mikolajczak was tasked with leading the transition of the company’s tools and manufacturing processes from R&D to manufacturing. QuantumScape said in regular registration at the time.

The hire proved to be a boon for both parties.

QuantumScape, which became widely known after the Volkswagen Group invested more than $500 million, signed a deal in september 2020 merger with specialized acquisition company Kensington Capital Acquisition Corp. The capital raised through the public markets will give QuantumScape the momentum it needs to commercialize solid-state batteries for electric vehicles.

Meanwhile, Mikolajczak had the experience QuantumScape needed to scale.

Mikolajczak has a long history of researching and developing the best lithium-ion batteries. Her technical consulting practice at Exponent focused on the safety and quality of lithium-ion cells and batteries. She then took a leadership position at Tesla, which focused on component quality and materials development. During her time at Tesla, Mikolajczak has developed battery cells and packs for the Tesla Model S, Model X, Model 3 and Roadster Refresh.

After leaving Tesla, Mikolajczak became the CTO of Uber Technologies, developing batteries for ride-sharing vehicles. And in 2019, she joined Panasonic Energy of North America, where she served as vice president of battery technology. While at Panasonic, Mikolajczak led a team focused on improving the production of lithium-ion cells and bringing the latest technologies into mass production for Tesla at the Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada.

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