Exide Technologies has appointed E.J. O’Leary as president and chief operating officer.
He replaces outgoing president Gordon Ulsh. O’Leary has served the company as executive vice president and chief operating officer since August 2007. Ulsh will continue serving as the company’s chief executive officer. In his expanded role, O’Leary is now responsible for the company’s operations in the Asia Pacific region, Europe and North America as well as all global procurement, global research, development and engineering functions. O’Leary’s career has spanned more than 30 years in the automotive and industrial industries. Between 2005 and 2007, O’Leary served Exide as president, transportation, Americas. Before joining Exide, he served as president of the Americas at Oetiker, Inc. His career also includes senior management positions at iStar Systems, Federal-Mogul, Cooper Industries, and Tenneco Automotive.