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Ultralife names new CEO 

Ultralife names new CEO 

The Board of Directors of Ultralife Corp. has appointed Michael Manna as the company’s president and CEO and as a member of its Board of Directors, effective immediately. 


In addition to his new role, Manna will retain his leadership position for the company’s Battery & Energy Products segment. 

Manna is replacing Michael Popielec who is leaving the company. Popielec will remain with Ultralife as an employee for a sixty-day period ending Jan. 20 to assist with the leadership transition. 

Bradford Whitmore, Ultralife’s board chair, said under Popielec’s leadership over the past 12 years, the Newark, Wayne County manufacturer has successfully executed its global diversification strategy encompassing new product development to drive organic growth and multiple accretive acquisitions to position Ultralife in key markets not previously served. 

Whitmore noted that a succession plan was developed and approved by the company’s board which is now being implemented with the appointment of Manna, who has been with Ultralife for almost 30 years in a variety of leadership roles across engineering, operations, product development, research and development and sales. 

For the last three years, he has led the 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,” Whitmore said in a statement.  

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