Daniel Li Joins SES as Chief Manufacturing Officer

April 26, 2023


BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- SES AI Corporation (NYSE: SES), headquartered in Boston, a global leader in the development and manufacturing of high-performance lithium-metal (Li-Metal) rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) and other applications, today announced the appointment of Daniel Li as Chief Manufacturing Officer. Mr. Li has been working in the lithium-ion battery industry for 15 years, including in senior roles at A123.

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Li-Metal cell during stacking process (Photo: Business Wire)

Li-Metal cell during stacking process (Photo: Business Wire)

In this newly created position, Mr. Li will lead SES’s transition from automotive A-samples to B-samples and, ultimately, larger-scale commercial production. In addition, Mr. Li will lead the company's effort to set up a robust EV battery supply chain in North America and he will manage cell engineering and manufacturing, supplier partnerships, and automotive OEM project management.

“SES is the clear leader in Li-Metal battery technology, and I am excited to join the organization and help lead the commercialization of the cutting-edge technology, including the transition from A-Samples to B-Samples beginning this year,” said Chief Manufacturing Officer Daniel Li. “I am very impressed by what I have seen over the past couple of weeks and believe I have the necessary skillset to help SES transform into a full-scale battery manufacturing company with a robust supply chain in North America.”

"SES is profoundly American with its roots in the basement lab of MIT more than 10 years ago, but also profoundly global with its talent and partners from around the world. A123 was an American hero with the same MIT roots as SES, helped kick start advanced EV battery development and manufacturing in the US and incubated SES during its infancy,” said Founder and CEO of SES AI Corporation Dr. Qichao Hu. “SES has learned from A123's lessons and plans to commercialize Li-Metal batteries and build a robust EV battery supply chain in North America. Daniel brings valuable experience and perspective in cell engineering, manufacturing, quality, management and operation from his years at A123 in the US, China, Europe and South Korea. Daniel will help SES accelerate the commercialization of Li-Metal and help SES become the leader for next-generation EV and eVTOL batteries. SES is getting ready for B-Samples.”

About SES
SES is a global leader in the development and production of high-performance Li-Metal rechargeable batteries for EVs and other applications. Founded in 2012, SES is an integrated Li-Metal battery manufacturer with strong capabilities in material, cell, module, AI-powered safety algorithms and recycling. Formerly known as SolidEnergy Systems, SES is headquartered in Boston and has operations in Singapore, Shanghai, and South Korea.

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