ESS Tech appoints Alexi Wellman to its Board of Directors as Chair of Audit Committee

– USA, OR –  ESS Tech, Inc. (NYSE: GWH), a U.S. manufacturer of long-duration batteries for commercial and utility-scale energy storage applications, today announced the appointment of Alexi Wellman to its Board of Directors, effective October 12, 2021.

“We are very pleased to have Alexi join our team at a key moment in ESS’ history as a publicly traded company,” said CEO, Eric Dresselhuys. “Her experience will prove invaluable as we scale up production, expand our global sales network, and execute on our growth plans.”

Alexi will also serve as Chair of the Audit Committee and joins other board members Michael Niggli (Chair), Eric Dresselhuys, Craig Evans, Raffi Garabedian, Rich Hossfeld, Shirley Speakman, Kyle Teamey, and Daryl Wilson.

About Alexi Wellman

Ms. Wellman has been the CFO of Altaba, Inc. since June 2017. She was VP, Finance and VP, Global Controller of Yahoo Inc. from November 2013 to June 2017, and CFO of Nebraska Book Company from December 2011 to June 2013.

Before her employment with Nebraska Book Company, she was a practicing certified public accountant with KPMG LLP for 18 years, over 7 years of which she served as an audit partner.

Ms. Wellman brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in financial management, accounting, and corporate governance to the ESS board, gained from working with a wide range of multinational companies across different industrial and technology sectors.

Ms. Wellman currently serves on the Board of Directors and is an audit committee and compensation committee member of Werner Enterprise, Inc. (NASDAQ: WERN) and Bilander Acquisition Corp (NASDAQ: TWCB). Previously, she has served on the Board of Directors of numerous companies including Endurance International Group, Inc., Yahoo Japan, TWC Tech Holdings II Corp., and Nebula Caravel Acquisition Corp.

“I am excited to join the Board of Directors of ESS at such a pivotal time,” commented Alexi Wellman, “given ESS’ potential ability to impact the decarbonization mission. I look forward to bringing my extensive experience in providing financial oversight to numerous public companies to the board.”

About ESS, Inc.

ESS Inc. designs, builds and deploys environmentally sustainable, low-cost, iron flow batteries for long-duration commercial and utility-scale energy storage applications requiring from 4 to 12 hours of flexible energy capacity. The Energy Warehouse and Energy Center use earth-abundant iron, salt, and water for the electrolyte, resulting in an environmentally benign, long-life energy storage solution for the world’s renewable energy infrastructure. Established in 2011, ESS Inc. enables project developers, utilities, and commercial and industrial facility owners to make the transition to more flexible non-lithium-ion storage that is better suited for the grid and the environment.

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