Sam Trinch

Group President, 6K Energy

Mr. Trinch has spent the last 13 years developing lithium ion battery solutions for automotive, industrial, and consumer customers all over the world. Most recently, he was President and Chief Business Officer at Advano, a deep-tech start-up working on a practical and scalable Si solution for the anode.

Prior to that, he spent over 11 years at A123 Systems, a leading Li-ion solution supplier in the automotive industry. He was a founding member of the Automotive Business Unit and helped grow the team from 25 to over 2000 employees while expanding the companies reach into the grid and industrial space. As Chief Commercial Officer and EVP, he was responsible for corporate strategy, global sales, A123 GmbH, A123 UK Ltd, and the Motorsports Business Unit.

In 2014, he held the role of President of Asia, residing in Hangzhou China leading the integration of Wanxiang’s battery business with A123 Systems.  

Prior to joining A123, he spent 18 years developing semiconductors and electronic components for the automotive market at Motorola, Philips, NEC Electronics, and Lear Corporation. With his last role as Global Vice President of Sales for Lear’s Electronics Business Unit.  He holds dual BS degrees in Electrical Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was captain of the golf team as well as a member of the football team.