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Michael Manna named president & CEO of Newark-based Ultralife

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Ultralife Corp. has a new leader.

The company’s board of directors selected Michael E. Manna to serve as president and CEO of Ultralife.

He immediately succeeds Michael D. Popielec who is leaving the company. Popielec will remain with Ultralife as an employee for a sixty-day period ending January 20th in an advisory role.

Manna will retain his leadership position for the Company’s Battery & Energy Products segment which he held prior to his appointment as President & CEO.

“Over the past twelve years, under Mike Popielec’s steadfast leadership, Ultralife has successfully executed our global diversification strategy encompassing new product development to drive organic growth and multiple accretive acquisitions to position Ultralife in key markets not previously served. We thank him for his dedication over his many years of service and wish him well in his future endeavors,” said Bradford T. Whitmore, Ultralife’s Board Chair. “During Mike Popielec’s tenure as President & CEO, a succession plan was developed and approved by our Board which is now being implemented with the appointment of Mike Manna. Mike has been with Ultralife for almost thirty years, serving in a variety of leadership roles of increasing responsibility across engineering, operations, product development, research & development and sales, and for the last three years as leader of the Company’s Battery & Energy Products segment. In addition to his demonstrated leadership capabilities, Mr. Manna is a well-recognized expert in rechargeable and primary battery cell design across multiple chemistries in both government/defense and commercial markets well positioning him for his new role.”