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Breathe appoints new CFO


The new Chief Financial Officer Laurent Cordonnier brings more than two decades of strategic financial leadership to Breathe Battery Technologies.

Breathe Battery Technologies (“Breathe”) has strengthened its senior leadership team with the appointment of Laurent Cordonnier into the role of Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. Reporting directly to CEO and co-founder Dr Ian Campbell, and working closely with fellow co-founders Dr Yan Zhao (CTO) and Professor Gregory Offer (Chief Scientist), Cordonnier’s appointment comes at a pivotal time for Breathe as the company positions itself for further expansion and industry leadership. 

“I am excited and honored to join the team at Breathe. The company’s commitment to innovation and its potential to significantly impact the automotive and consumer electronics industries is truly extraordinary.” 

As Breathe further scales its customer base, Cordonnier will play a central role in enabling the organisation to continue making batteries better. His extensive experience will contribute to the company’s growth trajectory, which can be seen through the announcement of recent partnerships with leading OEMs, including Volvo Cars.

Laurent Cordonnier, Chief Financial Officer, Breathe said, “I look forward to working closely with the founders Ian, Yan, Greg and the entire team as we embark on the next phase of growth and continue to deliver on our promise of creating remarkable end-user experiences through software-defined batteries.”

Dr Ian Campbell, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Breathe said, “This new appointment reflects the growing capability of Breathe to proactively address existing gaps in battery technology. We set out to make batteries better and Laurent’s wealth of experience has found fertile ground here as we expand our production programmes and further invest in technologies.”

His appointment comes off the back of recent investment from Volvo Cars Tech Fund in March and a $10 million series A led by Lowercarbon Capital, one of the world’s largest climate tech investors, with participation from Speedinvest, who led Breathe’s seed round in 2019. New CFO will oversee a period of rapid growth for the business, scaling revenue, building the team and leading future investment rounds.

Cordonnier has joined Breathe from private-equity backed technology companies Native Instruments and Deezer where he served as CFO to drive revenue growth, while also leading successful capital raises. He has two decades of experience in financial leadership and as CFO of Breathe he is set to play a fundamental role as the company continues its expansion in response to intense demand. 

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