Managment Team

Todd Peters

CEO  

Todd comes to BrightVolt with a distinguished track record of building new businesses and competing in emerging markets. His deep passion for innovation, matched with his unique ability to navigate complex business and technical environments makes him a natural fit to ignite world class growth at BrightVolt.

Todd served as President, N.A. for Arcsoft and prior to this held executive management roles at Microsoft, Staples and Intel. Todd brings his visionary ability to define and influence long-term business success to BrightVolt. He provides a sharp focus and dedication to leadership and operational excellence.

He holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology from Roanoke College

Cliff Beer

CFO & General Counsel 

Cliff is an experienced and successful CFO having previously held CFO roles in both venture capital and in private industry. Cliff has worked with a number of fast-growth venture backed private companies. In 2000, Cliff co-founded a highly successful Pacific Northwest company that sold in 2011 for a nine-figure cash price to WPP. Across his CFO career, Cliff has raised over $100 million in venture capital and debt-based financings, and managed a number of international acquisitions and business combinations.

Cliff worked extensively with many of the largest Northwest-based companies including Microsoft, Boeing and Amazon. Cliff earned his J.D. at the University of Washington and has deep experience in commercial contracts, intellectual property, venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, tax and international law.

Dr. Sal Akram, Ph.D.

SVP Business and Strategy

Dr.  Sal  Akram is a 25 year veteran of the semiconductor industry holding executive and senior leadership roles in management of product and technology development. Most recently, Sal served as VP of Technology at Fairchild Semiconductor where he also played the role of CTO, with global responsibility for technology and product development, as a member of the executive team.  Prior to Fairchild Sal served as Senior Director for Product Technology at Philips. Sal has also held senior management and technical leadership positions at Maxim and Micron Technology where he served as a Fellow.

Sal has published many papers holds numerous US patents issued and a recipient of many awards. He obtained his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Rensselaer. He also holds a BSEE, MSEE and MBA

Dr. Anaba Anani, Ph.D.

Chief Battery Scientist

Anaba has distinguished himself in the storage/conversion energy industry in academia and private industry. He is recipient of Motorola’s Distinguished Innovation Award, Distinguished Achievement Award for Young Black Engineers, and ECS Young Author Award Nominations. He has also served as a Motorola SABA member and chaired the US Fuel Cell Council Portable Power Group.

Anaba earned his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Materials Science & Engineering with a minor in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He has authored or co-authored over 30 refereed articles in peer reviewed journals and is inventor or co-inventor of over 35 utility patents and 4 trade secrets.

John Davis

SR VP Operations

John comes to BrightVolt with over 30 years of experience in the specialty chemical, petrochemical, and inorganic chemical industries including a startup of a new titanium powder business that was a first of its kind continuous chemical process. Prior to joining BrightVolt, he was Sr. Vice President Operations at ArrMaz. He served his career first 28 years mostly with Cristal (previously Millennium Chemicals) a global chemical company as Director Strategy and Business Development. In this position he was responsible for business strategy, mergers and acquisitions, commercial, product development, technical service, and government affairs.

John has a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (BSCHE) and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) both from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL.