Chief Executive Officer
Rick Heller began as Chief Executive Officer for C&D Technologies and Trojan Battery Company in January 2020 and is responsible for running all facets of the business.
With a proven track record of leading companies to enhanced profitability and strategic growth, Mr. Heller brings over 20 years of CEO experience and strong leadership to the organization. He has extensive familiarity and involvement in numerous industrial markets as well as consumer products, including Motor Coach Industries, Frito-Lay, Inc. and Sleep Innovations. He has served on several boards including Neenah Enterprises, CE Star, and Oneida Group.
Mr. Heller received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in business from Boston University.
Chief Technology Officer
Jon Anderson began with C&D Technologies in December 2006. As Chief Technology Officer, he is responsible for the leadership, management and vision to ensure that C&D Technologies and Trojan Battery Company have the proper technology initiatives in place to effectively grow the organization. Mr. Anderson is responsible for all Research and Development as well as the overall technical direction of the company, including Product Management, New and Emerging Technologies and Global Product Development. Prior to working for C&D and Trojan, Mr. Anderson worked for Exide Technologies’ Industrial Battery divisions holding various technical positions in North America and Europe.
Mr. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Materials and Science Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a degree in Japanese Language from the University of Osaka.
Chief Commercial Officer
Ken Sigman is the Chief Commercial Officer for C&D Technologies and Trojan Battery Company. Mr. Sigman is responsible for global commercial activities including sales, marketing, business development, customer service and distribution operations. His focus is to strengthen and grow both companies’ customer base, enhance the product mix and position C&D and Trojan as a leader in energy storage solutions.
Mr. Sigman brings over 20 years of successful leadership experience in sales, marketing, customer service, new product development and operations in packaging and industrial plastics. He has extensive experience in the plastics, glass and aluminum industries, ranging from regional startups to complete turnarounds. He most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer for Anchor Glass Container, where he helped to grow and enhance value to the company, culminating in the 2017 Private Equity Deal of the Year.
Mr. Sigman received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering as well as a Master of Business Administration from the University of Iowa, where he continues to serve as an advisor on the College of Mechanical Engineering’s Advisory Board.
VP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
On February 1, 2018, Mara Williams joined C&D Technologies as VP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary and became Trojan Battery Company’s General Counsel after C&D’s acquisition of Trojan in December 2018. In this role, Ms. Williams is responsible for determining and directing all legal, compliance and governmental statutory or regulatory issues; monitoring, coordinating and directing all litigation; managing outside legal counsel and providing in-house guidance and counsel.
Ms. Williams comes to C&D Technologies and Trojan Battery with over 22 years’ experience; most recently as the Head of Legal Affairs and Compliance with Edmund Optics, Inc. a global organization supporting the R&D, electronics, semiconductor, pharmaceutical, biomedical and military markets around the globe. Prior positions include Assistant General Counsel at Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global, publicly traded, specialty chemical/coatings company where she assisted with a successful transformation and IPO. Prior to joining Axalta, Ms. Williams was a Senior Attorney at CSL Behring, a global leader in the pharmaceutical/plasma protein biotherapeutic industry. Prior to joining CSL Behring, Ms. Williams was an associate at Ballard Spahr LLP and Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker. She has successfully teamed with corporate and business unit leaders to provide business-actionable advice focused on strategic and tactical business planning and leading operational teams to fully support revenue generation efforts.
Ms. Williams holds a Juris Doctor from Temple University School of Law in Philadelphia, PA and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Administration from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA.
VP, Human Resources
Chris Litras began as Vice President of Human Resources for C&D Technologies and Trojan Battery Company in October 2019 and is responsible for providing leadership and guidance in the development and execution of human resources initiatives, policies, and best practices to foster an employee-oriented, high performance culture across the organization.
Known for high integrity and commitment to service, Mr. Litras has more than three decades of extensive manufacturing experience in the steel, aluminum, copper, electronics, communications, and furniture industries. He has a diverse background in human resources, labor relations, operations, systems and project management.
Mr. Litras holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in management from Texas A&M University and a Masters of Business Administration in human resources management from the University of Phoenix. He holds a Lean Manufacturing Manager Certificate from the Ohio State University.