Don Nissanka is president and CEO of Exergonix Inc. Mr. Nissanka is one of the pioneers and driving forces in introducing lithium polymer battery manufacturing to the US. As the founder of Kokam America, he is credited for the introduction of Superior Lithium Polymer Battery (SLPB) technology into the US market.
In his capacity as President and CEO of Kokam America, he implemented a strategic plan to mass produce SLPB in the US and was instrumental in the launch of the Kokam manufacturing facility in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
Mr. Nissanka has over 25 years of experience in the energy and power industry, specializing in defense and aerospace power systems, when he successfully launched a career developing energy solutions at Gates Energy Products in the mid 1980s. In addition to working on plant automation and added value system designs, when Gates was purchased by Hawker Energy in 1990, Mr. Nissanka started up the aerospace and defense division at Hawker that was eventually acquired by Enersys Inc., the world’s largest industrial battery company. Under Mr. Nissanka’s leadership, Enersys created its most lucrative portfolio of products that extended into power systems for US and allied-nation military aircraft, ground vehicle, and submarines.
Mr. Nissanka’s experience includes working on advanced power systems for major defense OEM’s like General Dynamics, Dassault, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon.
In 2005, Mr. Nissanka formed a partnership that started Kokam America, which became the first highly automated commercial lithium battery manufacturing plant in the US. In addition to building a strategic alliance with the US military, producing batteries for the F/A-18 Hornet aircraft and other military applications, the company was positioned to serve the medical, industrial, and commercial markets around the world. With a driven vision to take the company from start-up to becoming a leading player in the battery industry, Mr. Nissanka and the leadership team at Kokam America outperformed industry expectations. In 2009, Kokam America and the Dow Chemical Company formed a Joint Venture that would enable the manufacturing of large format lithium batteries in the US, making Dow Kokam one of the leading manufacturers of lithium batteries in the world. Mr. Nissanka led the team that secured federal and state funding to position Dow Kokam as a strategic US manufacturer of batteries serving customers around the world. Additionally,
Mr. Nissanka has invested and serves on the boards of a number of very strategic green tech companies around the world.
In 2010, Mr. Nissanka formed Exergonix Inc. and has lined up several major investors to leap into the growing renewable energy and utility storage market globally.
Mr. Nissanka earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from the University of Central Missouri where he was honored as the 2006 Distinguished International Alumni of the Year and today serves as an advisory board member of the College of Business.