Vice President, Business Development
Vani Dantam has over 35 years of experience in business development, sales & marketing, program management/operations and product & test engineering in Transportation, Energy Generation/Storage and Utility industries. Before joining Landis+Gyr, Vani was the Senior V.P. of Business Development, Sales & Marketing at Axion Power, a startup company in Pennsylvania, commercializing advanced lead acid battery technology. Prior to that he worked as the V.P. of Business Development and Sales at Ener1, a Lithium ion battery manufacturer in Indiana. He worked as the global director of Sales & Marketing for EV/Hybrid motor/generator sales at Remy International, also in Indiana. He has worked with automotive and heavy duty OEM’s and transportation companies around the world, most notably with Daimler globally for more than 10 years. During his years at Remy he pioneered Remy’s market development in Mexico and South America and transfer of production from the U.S. facilities into Mexico and Brazil. He spent 4 years at GM Truck & Bus in Michigan, as an Engineering Manager and over 10 years at Delco Remy, a division of GM prior to formation of Delphi in a variety of responsibilities from Design Engineer to Program and Operations Manager. During his tenure at Delco Remy, Vani helped start battery plants in France, Korea and Brazil. He was also instrumental in negotiating J/V and licensing agreements in Korea, Mexico, Brazil, Hungary, China and India.
Vani served in the U.S. Navy with rank LtJG, in the 7th fleet (active duty 3yrs and reserves 7yrs). He is fluent in 5 languages including Hindi, Telugu, Portuguese and Spanish. He is an active member of MISO ancillary services market subcommittee. His educational qualifications include an MBA in Finance & International business from Indiana University, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, a Quality Engineering Certification from Kettering University and a BS (Hons) in Metallurgical Engineering from IIT, Banaras Hindu University, India. He spent a year at Trinity College, Cambridge U.K. as a Churchill Scholar.