AESC Names Knudt Flor CEO For US and Europe

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AESC, a global leader in high-performance battery technology for electric vehicles and energy storage systems, has announced the appointment of Knudt Flor as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the United States and Europe. Additionally, Flor will serve as the Global Head of Quality, reporting directly to CEO Shoichi Matsumoto. Flor will be based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Key Highlights:

  • Knudt Flor brings over 35 years of industry experience in the automotive and technology sectors.
  • Former President and CEO of BMW Manufacturing Corporation LLC, USA.
  • Held significant roles at BMW in Operations, Engineering, Logistics, and Quality across Europe, the USA, Africa, and Asia.
  • Served as Distinguished Professor of Industry Practice at the College of Charleston and as SVP for Innovation and Industry Engagement.
  • One of the founding directors of South Carolina Fraunhofer USA Alliance.

AESC’s CEO Shoichi Matsumoto stated, “We are thrilled to welcome Knudt Flor to the AESC leadership team. His extensive cross-border management experience and deep acumen will prove invaluable as we accelerate our efforts to bring the world’s best batteries to market. We are confident that Knudt will lead our North American and European operations to new heights, driving our commitment to innovation and customer excellence.”

Flor expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “I am excited to join AESC at such a pivotal time for the company and the industry. AESC’s commitment to innovation and sustainability aligns perfectly with my vision for the future of the automotive industry. I’m excited to work with the talented team to drive operational excellence, growth, and deliver exceptional value to our customers.”

In his new role, Flor will oversee AESC’s business operations in the U.S. and Europe, focusing on enhancing local manufacturing capabilities, fostering partnerships with leading OEMs, and supporting the growing demand for zero-emission transportation solutions. Additionally, Flor will manage AESC’s global efforts to turn its cutting-edge technology into mass production net zero gigafactories that meet and exceed customer expectations.

About AESC

AESC is a global leader in the development and manufacturing of high-performance batteries for zero-emission electric vehicles and energy storage systems. Founded in Japan in 2007 and headquartered in Yokohama, AESC has built manufacturing capabilities worldwide in Japan, the U.S., the U.K., China, and Europe to serve key markets and leading customers locally for over 14 years. Today, AESC’s advanced battery technology powers over one million cars across 60+ countries.

For more information, visit AESC Group.

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