C&D Technologies Inc. has announced that it has named Christian Rheault as president and chief executive officer.

“”Christian brings to C&D a proven ability to drive industry leading technology and quality in an intensely cost competitive global market. With Christian’s leadership, we will rebuild our leadership position in the industrial battery industry,” stated David L. Treadwell, chairman of C&D. Treadwell served as interim CEO since May of 2012.

Rheault previously served as the senior vice president of global business operations for Kulicke & Soffa Industries, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of semiconductor and LED assembly equipment. Prior to Kulicke & Soffa, Rheault held positions of increasing responsibility for ten years at IBM.

Rheault stated, “C&D’s customers demand the strongest commitment to Quality, Reliability and Innovation. C&D’s ownership and employees are dedicated to delivering on this commitment. We have the resources in place to build on C&D’s strong position in Telecom, UPS and Energy Storage markets worldwide. I am confident that we will meet the challenges ahead."