Charles R. “Bob” Sullivan is the Chief Technology Officer. He has been with iQ International and iQ Power Licensing since 2007. Mr. Sullivan has been instrumental in developing the next-generation battery production concept, which dramatically improves quality, and reduces production costs and delivery time for lead-acid batteries.
In 2015, Bob led a team which took control of a battery factory in Korea which was in bankruptcy. Bob was responsible for restoring the factory’s operations.
In 2013, Bob, with the chief engineer of the iQ Power, developed a new production friendly version of the iQ Power plastic parts. The new parts required no changes to normal battery production and functioned more robustly and better than the predecessor model.
Under Bob’s leadership, patent coverage was extended to 52 countries, comprising 94% of the automotive market worldwide. A new customer-friendly, no investment strategy was implemented to allow customers to scale up usage over time.
Mr. Sullivan has worked in the automotive supplier industry for over 20 years with several leading automotive suppliers. The initial engagement was as assistant to the Vice-President of Operations of a Germany subsidiary of Emerson Electric, responsible for making cooling units and compressors. Bob helped to coordinate the closure of the underperforming English factory, with the consolidation of production to Berlin.
Bob was engaged at a troubled OEM auto parts subsidiary of the American company, Aeroquip-Vickers, now a part of Eaton Industries, in which Bob was responsible for the closure of one plant and sale of the remaining factory to another American Tier 1 supplier, with no interruption to supply to the customers.
Bob was Managing Director at a subsidiary of a Canadian auto parts manufacturer. Bob was responsible for the establishment of the first factory in Eastern Europe for the group as well as streamlining the workforce.
From 2000 to 2007, Bob was Commercial Managing Director of a German family-owned auto parts manufacturer serving OEM customers. Bob initiated the international expansion, including the establishment of JVs in China, India, and South Africa.
Bob has an undergraduate degree from Duke University and a Master of International Business Studies from the University of South Carolina at Columbia, where he graduated first in his class.