SAN JOSE, Calif. — July 31, 2023 — QuantumScape Corporation (NYSE: QS), a leader in next-generation solid-state lithium-metal battery technology, today announced the appointment of Dr. Siva Sivaram, President of Western Digital Corp. and a veteran of the semiconductor and data storage industries, to the newly created role of President.
In this position, Dr. Sivaram will oversee QuantumScape’s technology and manufacturing groups as the company ramps up its transition from R&D to production. Just last week, QuantumScape announced it shipped updated prototype unit cells to automotive customers, locked in on the ~5 amp-hour QSE-5 cell as its target first commercial product, revealed it was working with a prospective launch customer on QSE-5, and completed equipment installation for its new fast separator production process.
“We’re thrilled to have Siva join the team,” said QuantumScape CEO Jagdeep Singh. “There are very few people in the world who have run businesses with extremely high production volumes that also involve complex technologies and sophisticated manufacturing processes, and he is one of them. I’m delighted to work with him to help bring our vision to reality.”
In a statement about his appointment, Dr. Sivaram said: “I couldn’t be more excited to be joining QuantumScape, the leader in solid-state battery technology. The combination of QuantumScape’s disruptive technology, world-class team, and the massive market for next-gen batteries makes this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I look forward to helping the company realize its vision.”
Dr. Sivaram brings an exceptional background with both manufacturing expertise and technical depth to QuantumScape, having worked on complex products that have shipped millions of units and generated billions of dollars in revenue annually.
Most recently, Dr. Sivaram has served as the President of Technology and Strategy at Western Digital, a leader in the data storage sector, where he led corporate strategy and technology. Prior to joining Western Digital, Dr. Sivaram was Executive Vice President of Memory Technology at SanDisk. Before that, he founded and headed Twin Creek Technologies, an American manufacturer specializing in novel solar cells and equipment, and held several leadership positions for global technology manufacturers, including Intel and Matrix Semiconductor – the pioneer in 3D semiconductors. Dr. Sivaram holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in materials science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Trichy.
About QuantumScape Corporation
QuantumScape is on a mission to transform energy storage with solid-state lithium-metal battery technology. The company’s next-generation batteries are designed to enable greater energy density, faster charging and enhanced safety to support the transition away from legacy energy sources toward a lower carbon future. For more information, visit www.quantumscape.com.
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Pamela Fong is QuantumScape’s Chief of Human Resources Operations, leading people strategy and operations, including talent acquisition, organizational development and employee engagement. Prior to joining the company, Ms. Fong served as the Vice President of Global Human Resources at PDF Solutions (NASDAQ: PDFS), a semiconductor SAAS company. Before that, she served in several HR leadership roles at Foxconn Interconnect Technology, Inc., a multinational electronics manufacturer, and NUMMI, an automotive manufacturing joint venture between Toyota and General Motors. Ms. Fong holds a B.S. in Business Administration from U.C. Berkeley and a M.S. in Management from Stanford Graduate School of Business.