CEO, Primus Power
Tom Stepien is CEO of Primus Power, a leader in grid-scale electrical energy storage. He helped launch Primus Power in 2009 and has raised over $120 million from venture capital sources, strategic investors and government grants. He has over 30 years of engineering, operations and general management experience at small and large companies. Prior to joining Primus, Tom was a Vice President and General Manager at Applied Materials, a Fortune 500 provider of semiconductor, solar and flat panel display equipment and services. He had P&L responsibility for a $500M business unit with complex set of systems, global customers, manufacturing and support. He has expertise in software, industrial robotics and control systems having lead efforts at Applied, Novellus Systems and Draper Laboratory. He holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from MIT where he was a Pi Tau Sigma, Bendix Corporation, and Alpha Tau Omega Scholar. Tom was a co-captain and three year letterman for the MIT Varsity Crew Team. He was born & raised in Detroit, Michigan and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. He enjoys mechanical tinkering, photography, and golf. In 2015 Tom was been recognized as a Pioneer by Smart Grid Today. He currently serves on the board of Special Olympics Northern California.