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People on the Move – April 23

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People on the Move is a rundown of recent hirings, promotions, appointments and other notable movements by professionals in the state. If you’re interested in submitting an entry, please contact news@delawarebusinesstimes.com.


John D’Angelo

John D’Angelo has been appointed as director of M&T Bank’s Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Office, a newly created division. D’Angelo, an executive vice president, will report directly to M&T chairman and CEO René Jones and remain a member of the 14-person management group responsible for leading the bank’s overarching strategy. In this capacity, D’Angelo will work to accelerate M&T’s corporate responsibility and sustainability work along with its community outreach.

D’Angelo previously served as executive vice president and chief risk officer for the bank where he was responsible for overseeing the company’s governance and strategy for risk management, as well as relationships with regulatory agencies.

“ESG is not just about having values but about driving value for all of our stakeholders,” said D’Angelo in a statement. “We have always believed there is a world where environmental, social, and governance factors are on a similar playing field as value, quality and momentum. As a community-focused bank, there has never been a more important time than today to aggregate and scale-up the work that we do within our bank, for our customers and in our communities, so we can make a difference in people’s lives.”

D’Angelo began his career with M&T in 1987 and has served in several management positions, including senior vice president and chief auditor from 2005 to 2017 and was named chief risk officer in 2017 and appointed to M&T’s management committee the following year.


The Honorable Kevin J. Carey (Ret.) has been selected by the American Bankruptcy Institute’s (ABI) Board of Directors as president-elect of the board..

Judge Carey is currently a partner in the Philadelphia office of Hogan Lovells, where he represents companies and creditors as they navigate domestic and cross-border bankruptcy proceedings.  Judge Carey joined the firm in 2019 following his time on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, where he earned a reputation as one of the nation’s top bankruptcy judges.

The American Bankruptcy Institute was founded in 1982 to provide Congress and the public with unbiased analysis of bankruptcy issues, and is the largest multi-disciplinary, nonpartisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency.

As the former vice president for membership for ABI, Judge Carey has served as the judicial co-chair for ABI’s Mid-Atlantic Bankruptcy Workshop.

He also previously served as U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 2001 to 2005. Commenting on his appointment to the ABI, Judge Carey said: “I am both humbled and gratified by the confidence shown by my selection by the ABI Board as president-elect, and for the Firm’s support of ABI and my participation in ABI leadership.”


Rick Kotowski

Rick Kotowski has been appointed president of Clean Energy USA (CEUSA). The company hopes the new leadership will position the company to enter a new phase of growth and enable them to better serve their residential and commercial customers.

Kotowski brings with him more than three decades of construction experience, with 25 of those years in senior management. His history in project and logistics management will help grow the company into larger scale opportunities and new markets, while maintaining a core business model of helping homeowners.

“I’m thrilled to join the talented team members of Clean Energy USA,” said Kotowski, “CEUSA’s professionalism is second to none, and I look forward to continuing the company’s upward momentum as we expand services throughout the great state of Delaware and maintain our mission to bring solar, EV Chargers and other cost-saving energy solutions to an even greater customer base.”

Prior to joining CEUSA, the majority of Kotowski career was with M. Davis, Shure line and JGM where he oversaw the construction of large projects for Amazon in Edison, NJ, as well as the Clorox manufacturing plants in the US.


Lisa Dunsmore

Lisa Dunsmore and Felipe Mojica have joined Versogen to design and build the company’s first 1 kW electrolyzer to produce green hydrogen. Their work will focus on developing the central component of this advanced technology, called a membrane electrode assembly (MEA).

“Our recent selection for the highly competitive GCxN Shell GameChanger program, coupled with the addition of Lisa and Felipe to our growing team, will advance the commercialization of our new class of zero-emission AEM electrolyzer technology,” comments Yushan Yan, CEO of Versogen. “We plan to complete a 1 kW prototype by the end of the year and a MW stack by the end of 2022.”

Dunsmore brings extensive fuel cell fabrication and testing experience to the team. Through combined modeling and experiments in her previous work, Dunsmore optimized cathode morphology and MEA fabrication to assist in the achievement of state-of-the-art performance for platinum group metal‐free (PGM‐free) proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells. She earned a doctorate in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.

“I look forward to developing state-of-the-art electrolyzer technology to decarbonize heavy, hard-to-abate industries by producing low-cost green hydrogen,” remarks Lisa Dunsmore, Ph.D., MEA Development Engineer.

Felipe Mojica

Mojica will leverage his expertise in building, testing, and characterizing MEA and cell hardware to develop cost-effective water electrolysis cells. His previous work includes novel flow field design at the University of California and fuel cell MEA development at Robert Bosch GmbH. He earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Merced.

“I am excited to join a dynamic team with a shared vision to create a sustainable energy future by leveraging the potential of hydrogen,” comments Felipe Mojica, M.S., Mechanical Engineer.


Agnes Langha-Ngwa

Agnes N. Langha-Ngwa, a physical therapy assistant student at Delaware Technical Community College, has been named a 2021 New Century Workforce Scholar and will receive a $1,250 scholarship.

This scholarship is the first of its kind to support students at associate degree-granting institutions on a national scale as they plan to enter the workforce upon the completion of a degree or certificate. The program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

New Century Workforce Scholars are selected based on their academic accomplishments, leadership, activities, and how they extend their intellectual talents beyond the classroom. Over 2,000 students were nominated from more than 1,200 college campuses across the country. Only one New Century Workforce Scholar was selected from each state.

Langha-Ngwa will graduate in May 2021 and will work in her field. She would like to eventually become a physical therapist with a focus on pelvic health, and use her to knowledge and skills to address and promote women’s health issues in her country of origin, Cameroon.

“This scholarship is an affirmation of all the hard work and sacrifices I have made to be where I am right now,” said Langha-Ngwa. “It is a stepping stool for me to help on my career path.” PTK has opened a huge network of people and resources to help me on my career path and my personal development journey.”


 

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