Management Team

Management Team

Mr. Guohua Sun, CEO

Mr. Sun is age 39 and has served as the General Manager of Canon Investment Holdings Limited and Guangdong Yintong Investment Holdings Group Co., Ltd. from April 2005 to present. Currently, Mr. Sun serves as a director of Zhuhai YinLong Energy Company Ltd., as an executive of Zhuhai Yintong Energy Company Ltd. and in management positions with other entities under common control with the Company’s majority shareholder, Energy Storage (China), Ltd (collectively, the “Zhuhai Affiliate Group”).

Mr. Sun has been serving as a director of the Company since 2011 and served as Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Company from March 2014 to August 2014. Mr. Sun served as General Manager of Beijing Yinda Transportation Investment Limited from 2003 to 2005, and prior to that time, as Vice General Manager from 2001 to 2003. Mr. Sun also served as Vice General Manager of Nan-Ming-He Iron Ore Limited from 2001 to 2003. Mr. Sun graduated with a degree in business administration from Handan University and with a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Wales.


Karen Werner, Interim CFO

Karen Werner has been promoted to Interim CFO. Ms. Werner served as Corporate Senior Assistant Controller of the Company from February 2012 to January 2014. Ms. Werner served as Corporate Controller for Windspire Energy, Inc. during 2011 and as Controller for Winkel Motors, Inc. from January 2008 to February 2011.

Ms. Werner brings over 24 years of corporate and global experience in financial and compliance reporting and internal management accounting. Ms. Werner’s experience has come from the renewable energy, manufacturing, financial, automotive, software development, foreign imports, sales, engineering and consulting industries. Ms. Werner has public and private company experience and holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration with honors from the University of Phoenix.


Dr. Bruce Sabacky, Senior Director, Technology

Bruce joined Altair in late 1999 as Director of Research and Engineering and prior to joining Altair, was Manager of Process Development at BHP’s Center for Minerals Technology. Dr. Sabacky is co-inventor on nine U.S. patents, four of which pertain to Altair’s titanium-based nanomaterial products. He initiated and directed Altair’s Solid Oxide Fuel Cell program, including a two-year program for anode catalyst development with the Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At BHP, he managed development of a titanium minerals processing technology that later became the core technology for Altair Nanomaterials, Inc.

Prior to joining BHP Minerals, he was engineering and development manager at Bandgap Technology Corporation and previously, Senior Process Engineer at AMAX Extractive Research and Development, Inc. Dr. Sabacky has received numerous industry awards, including an R&D 100 Award, and has published articles on electrochemical processing, semiconductor materials processing, and nanomaterials development and processing in a variety of industry journals. He received his Ph.D., Materials Science and Mineral Engineering, from the University of California, Berkeley, along with a M.Sc., Metallurgical Engineering, and a B.Sc., Metallurgical Engineering, from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.


Brad Hanauer, Sr. Director Engineering

Mr. Hanauer has wide experience in the development of large scale lithium battery products for transportation, industrial, and grid-tie applications. After working on the GM EV1 battery pack early in his career, he joined Delphi’s lithium battery group, serving first as a lead product engineer, and then as a program manager. He came to Altairnano in 2005 as part of a team hired to take a promising new battery material, lithium titanate, and create new battery products for demanding energy storage applications.

At Altairnano, Mr. Hanauer has led the development of a wide range of products, from a 500 Wh battery system for artillery gun fire control to the 2 MW ALTI-ESS Advantage for large scale utility grid applications. In order to perform the detailed analysis of battery system behavior required to assess performance in these demanding applications, he has led the development of powerful modeling and simulation tools which enable Altairnano to optimize the battery system solution based on the customer’s needs in great detail. He has also led the development of Altairnano’s battery management system, and most recently, led the commercialization of Altairnano’s Gen 4 chemistry.

Mr. Hanauer holds a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Mankato State University.


Len Sekowski, Sr. Director Operations

Len has been with Altairnano since November 2006. He has worked as the Manufacturing Engineer for Altairnano’s battery module manufacturing as well as managing the facility in Anderson. He is the lead engineer for the build, installation and commissioning of the ESS systems. Len previously worked 30 years in the battery manufacturing engineering group at Delphi. He spent 10 years of that time as a Resident Manufacturing Engineer in the Fitzgerald, Georgia battery plant. Mr. Sekowski has experience in building and starting up numerous battery manufacturing facilities including Brazil, Korea and Mexico. Mr. Sekowski holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Pittsburgh.


Edward A. Schauer, Director of Global Quality

Mr. Schauer graduated with a BS Chemistry w/Minor in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1987. He has served as Quality Assurance Manager & Chief Chemist at Altairnano since 2007.

Previously he was an Analytical Chemist at Hazen Research Inc 1987 – 1995, an Analytical Chemist at Broken Hill Proprietors from 1985 – 1999, a Chief Chemist for Broken Hill Proprietors from 1999 – 2000, Information Technology Manager for Altairnano from 2000 – 2004, and Chief Chemist for Altairnano Inc. from 2000 – 2005

Mr. Schauer has in-depth knowledge of analytical techniques used in the analysis and quality control of battery powders.

He is also experienced in Quality Assurance processes used for ISO 9001 and current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) for pharmaceutical manufacturing.  He has aided in the development of the nLiTO powder and its associated quality control standards.


Jen Li, Director of Operations and Sales

Ms. Li graduated with a MSc Environmental and Resource engineering from University of Nottingham, UK in 2005. She has served as Project manager at Zhuhai Yinlong Energy co., Ltd, which later became the biggest share holder of Altairnano, since 2010 and working on Altairnano and Zhuhai Yinlong cooperation projects management; and as a Project manager and CEO assistant at Altair Nanotechnologies(China) co, Ltd since 2012. She has been supporting and coordinating various functional departments from finance, source & procurement, manufacturing to sales & marketing.

Previously Ms. Li was a product manager at Vosta LMG (Zhuhai) Ltd 2007~2010, a manufacturing engineer in Asian Flextronics 2005~2007.

Ms. Li has comprehensive abilities of both technical knowledge and management skills. Over 10 years project management, product localization, sourcing and procurement experience in European and US companies. She has strong planning, controlling, coordinating and organizing abilities. Ms. Li has built up knowledge, experience and management ability on both company operations and Lithium ion battery technologies.