Wednesday, 12 September 2018 01:59

Redflow board renewal as Hackett moves to 'hands-on' technology role

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John Lindsay will be joining the Redflow board. John Lindsay will be joining the Redflow board. Supplied

Technology expert and businessman John Lindsay has been appointed to the board of Australian-listed energy storage company Redflow as part of the company’s strategy for founder Simon Hackett to transition to a newly-created role.

Redflow (ASX:RFX) announced the appointment as Hackett takes up a role as system integration architect in a move which the company says is designed to ensure Redflow continues to be at the forefront of integration technology

As part of the change, Hackett will step down from the board at the AGM in November.

Lindsay previously held senior technology leadership roles as chief technology officer at both ASX-listed company iiNet and Internode, and general manager of Chariot Internet.

Redflow says Lindsay, co-founder and director of jtwo solutions, will bring his deep technology background to the business and has held board-level roles for several privately-owned companies.

Redflow says Hackett, at his own request, is being replaced on the board.

Redflow’s chairman Brett Johnson thanked Hackett for his expertise and passion at the board level and said he looked forward to his continued commitment in his new role. “Simon has contributed to rebuilding Redflow’s board and management and re-orienting its strategic direction to position the company for future success,” he said.

“We welcome John Lindsay to the board to contribute valuable technical insight. At part of this continued process, our board is also well advanced in appointing a new director with transformational manufacturing expertise to assist Redflow with its ongoing manufacturing strategy and development.”

Lindsay, who was appointed on Tuesday, will stand for formal re-election at the AGM.

Hackett said he remained “hugely passionate” about the potential for Redflow’s unique zinc-bromine flow battery technology in the rapidly growing global energy storage market. “I started out just as an investor, joined the board as a director and later acted as chairman and chief executive,” he said.

“I oversaw the major pivot in the company’s strategic direction that was necessary for Redflow to succeed in fulfilling the huge potential of our energy storage technology.

“Redflow is now making great batteries from our factory in Thailand with the management and board expertise in place to run the company really well. I believe Redflow has reached the point at which it no longer needs my support at board level and where I can now revert to being a happy and committed shareholder.

“Concurrent with my role on the Redflow board, I became deeply involved on an ongoing basis in making the battery genuinely easy to deploy and easy to use in real-world systems, including designing the Redflow Battery Management System.

“This continuing ‘hands-on’ role will be formalised via the new position of 'system integration architect’. I look forward to continuing to work with the Redflow technical team, as well as with key customers and integrators.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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