NextGen US battery materials company names Abbey Omokhodion as CFO

14 Dec 2023
Financial Nigeria


Ms. Omokhodion’s strong industrial background and track record of success at Ford, GE, and most recently Intel, is significant as we work to make the United States a leader in the clean energy revolution, said Sila.

Sila Chief Financial Officer Abbey Omokhodion

Sila Nanotechnologies Inc. (Sila), a next-generation battery materials company, today announced Abbey Omokhodion as the company’s new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Ms. Omokhodion is a seasoned executive who has held CFO roles at Fortune 100 companies including Intel and General Electric. She joins Sila after her last role as the CFO for The Programmable Solutions group at Intel Corporation.

Ms. Omokhodion comes to Sila with a deep industrial and automotive background, and expertise in building and scaling businesses for sustained profitable growth. Prior to holding three roles and spending more than six years at Intel Corporation, including a rotation in Manufacturing Operations, Ms. Omokhodion was at GE for nearly 10 years where her last role was CFO for Strategic Accounts in GE Lighting. At GE, she built the first Lighting-as-a-Service business, driving new business models and expanding the business footprint and commercial effectiveness. She also held other senior Finance leadership roles at GE’s Transportation business including Financial Planning and Analysis leader, as well as managing domestic and international service deals. Prior to GE, she worked at Ford Motor Company for 8 years in Finance roles with increasing responsibility, from manufacturing to marketing and sales, treasury, and product development.

“Sila is at an inflection point. We’re transitioning from an R&D organisation to a leading manufacturing company, and Abbey brings valuable experience that will be instrumental as we continue this charge,” said Gene Berdichevsky, co-founder and CEO of Sila. “Her strong industrial background and track record of success at Ford, GE, and most recently Intel, is significant as we work to make the United States a leader in the clean energy revolution.”
Founded in 2011, Sila says it is on a mission to power the world’s transition to clean energy. The company shipped the world’s first commercially available silicon anode for lithium-ion batteries in 2021 and has since enabled battery performance enhancements in multiple consumer electronics devices. Sila’s Titan Silicon anode will next power electric vehicles, including an upcoming version of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class and will be used within Panasonic Energy’s next-generation lithium-ion batteries, which will also serve the automotive industry.

Commenting on her new role, Ms. Omokhodion said: “What drew me to Sila is its focus on impactful technology, integrity, and clean energy transformation through manufacturing leadership. I’m excited to jump in and build upon Sila’s success and its unwavering commitment to execute against two challenging initiatives: scientific innovation and scaling that innovation.”

Sila, in a statement announcing the appointment, said as the company moves into a rapid scale and industrialisation phase, Ms. Omokhodion will support the ramp-up of its production capacity, including production at Sila Moses Lake, the company’s first auto-scale manufacturing plant in Washington State. Ms. Omokhodion will help drive the next phase of Sila’s journey through continued financial oversight, structure, and operational rigor in financial processes, and strategic organisational leadership, the statement added.

Silas said the company is committed to American leadership in clean energy production and is scaling its technology at its manufacturing facility in Moses Lake, Washington.

Major financial investors in Silas include 8VC, Bessemer Venture Partners, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Coatue, Matrix Partners, Sutter Hill Ventures, and funds and accounts advised by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc.

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