SOURCE: Altair Nanotechnologies Inc.

Altair Nanotechnologies Inc.

September 22, 2011 18:10 ET

Dr. H. Frank Gibbard Appointed Altair President and Chief Executive Officer; Stephen B. Huang Appointed Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Board of Directors Position Company for Global Growth

RENO, NV--(Marketwire - Sep 22, 2011) - Altair Nanotechnologies Inc. (Altair) (NASDAQ: ALTI) today announced that Dr. H. Frank Gibbard had been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, replacing Terry Copeland, and that Stephen B. Huang had been appointed Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, replacing John Fallini. Both Gibbard and Huang were appointed at a special Board of Directors meeting on Sept. 17, 2011, assuming their new positions effective Sept. 18, 2011.

The Board of Directors expressed their appreciation to Terry Copeland and John Fallini for their significant contributions to Altair.

Gibbard has more than 30 years of experience in battery and fuel cell businesses, having served as Vice President, Research, Development and Advanced Engineering at Duracell and as CEO of the fuel cell company H Power Corp. At H Power he led a $104 million IPO that resulted in a NASDAQ listing in 2000. He holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a frequent speaker at technical and business conferences on electrochemical energy storage.

Huang is a seasoned financial executive with 18 years of experience with U.S. companies, ranging from controller to CFO. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and experienced in the financial management of joint U.S.-Chinese companies. His experience in setting up and managing operations in China is particularly valuable for Altair's expansion in global markets.

"Leveraging the capabilities of Altair in the United States and now in China is critical to profitably growing the business," said Yincang Wei, Altair Chairman of the Board. "We believe Dr. Gibbard and Stephen Huang bring the right skill sets to achieve the objectives set forth by the board," added Wei.

"Altair is well positioned to grow its business given its unique nano lithium-titanate technology and market position in the rapidly growing electric grid, industrial, and transportation markets," said Frank Gibbard, President and CEO. "I am excited to join Altair at this critical time, and am confident we will successfully grow the business globally," Gibbard said.

Also, Terry Copeland resigned from the Altair Board of Directors. Separately, Pierre Lortie, a member of the Altair Board of Directors resigned.

About Altair

Headquartered in Reno, Nev. with manufacturing in Anderson, Ind., Altairnano is a leading provider of energy storage systems for clean, efficient power and energy management. Altairnano's lithium-titanate based battery systems are among the highest performing and most scalable, with applications that include complete energy storage systems for use in providing frequency regulation and renewables integration for the electric grid, and battery modules and systems for transportation and industrial applications. For more information please visit Altair at

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