Blink Charging Names COO, Chief Revenue Officer and VP Operations

by Katie Lee

Miami Beach, Fla. — Blink Charging Co., a global leading manufacturer, owner, operator and provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment and services, has approved changes made to Blink’s executive leadership team with the appointment of Michael Battaglia, (formerly chief revenue officer) as chief operations officer; Jim Nemec, (formerly VP sales and business development) as chief revenue officer; and Siddhartha Kodgi, (formerly senior director operations) as vice president of operations. The company also announced the departure of Mark Pastrone from his role as chief operations officer.

“These are exciting times for Blink and the industry, and these leadership moves will enable the company to continue its steady growth as we tap into the expertise and skill sets of these seasoned professionals. We are saddened to see Mark leave the company following his long career within our industry, and we thank him for his contributions and the positive impact he has had,” says Brendan Jones, president and CEO of Blink Charging. “We are proud to have Mike, Jim and Siddhartha lead our efforts delivering exceptional customer experiences and increased productivity for Blink.”

Battaglia previously served as Blink’s chief revenue officer (CRO) since December 2022 and will assume the position of chief operations officer (COO), succeeding the outgoing Pastrone. Moving forward, Battaglia will oversee Blink’s sales, business development and all aspects of operations, playing a vital role in the company’s expansion in the U.S. and globally. Prior to joining Blink, Battaglia served as vice president of sales at JD Power.

Nemec has served as vice president of sales and business development for Blink since 2022, increasing revenues and building strong relationships in both the private and public sectors. He previously served as director of channel & government sales for SemaConnect, which was acquired by Blink in 2022. In his new capacity, Nemec will oversee Blink’s global sales organization, develop go-to-market strategies, and identify global expansion opportunities.

Kodgi has served as senior director of operations since 2022, following Blink’s acquisition of SemaConnect, where he had served since 2015. Prior to the acquisition, Kodgi was responsible for managing field services, design services, production and supply chain for SemaConnect.

Pastrone has served as COO for Blink since December 2022, following its acquisition of SemaConnect and has played a key role in building synergies and operational efficiencies for customer service, installation operations and charger production. Prior to his role at SemaConnect, Pastrone worked in the aerospace industry, and led the development of several commercial space ventures at Orbital Sciences Corporation including GeoEye, which was acquired by Maxar.

Blink Charging Co., a global leader in electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment, has contracted, sold or deployed nearly 78,000 charging ports worldwide, many of which are networked EV charging stations, enabling EV drivers to easily charge at any of Blink’s charging locations. The Blink Network uses proprietary, cloud-based software that operates, maintains and tracks the EV charging stations connected to the network and the associated charging data. With global EV purchases forecasted to half of passenger cars sold in the U.S. by 2030, Blink has established key strategic partnerships for rolling out adoption across numerous location types, including parking facilities, multifamily residences and condos, workplace locations, health care/medical facilities, schools and universities, airports, auto dealers, hotels, mixed-use municipal locations, parks and recreation areas, religious institutions, restaurants, retailers, stadiums, supermarkets and transportation hubs.

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SOURCE: Blink Charging Co.

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