Gregory Graves Joins Plug Power Board of Directors

LATHAM, N.Y., May 12, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG), a leader in providing energy solutions that change the way the world moves, has elected Gregory Graves to Plug Power’s Board of Directors (the “Board”), and newest member to the Company’s audit committee. Mr. Graves currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Entegris, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENTG), a global leader in specialty chemicals and advanced materials solutions for the microelectronics industry.

Since joining Entegris in 2002, Mr. Graves has been instrumental in growing Entegris from approximately $300 million to $1.2 billion. As CFO of Entegris, a position he has held since 2006, he is responsible for all financial matters for the company, as well as its global facilities and information technology (IT) function. Mr. Graves has also been responsible for logistics, global procurement, and business development during his tenure with Entegris.

Mr. Graves has also played a primary role in developing and implementing Entegris’ financial and investor relations strategies, which has included raising $1 billion in the capital markets and establishing a long-term, stable shareholder base.

“Mr. Graves has extensive experience that has touched a broad set of financial, business development, and operational dynamics of a publicly traded company,” said Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug Power. “Plug Power has built strong foundational metrics based on current success and a long-term strategic vision. We are confident that the addition of Greg will be instrumental in helping us execute our strategy with the greatest return for investors.”

“Greg’s skillset strengthens the foundation of our Board,” said George McNamee, Chairman of Plug Power’s Board of Directors. “The Board is pleased to have Greg join the team, and looks forward to adding his strong financial perspective to shape Plug Power’s opportunities in the global energy market.”

“Plug Power is a company with tremendous potential,” said Greg Graves, Plug Power’s newest Board member. “I’m delighted to join the Board of Directors as Plug Power targets exciting opportunities in the world of electrification with its proven hydrogen and fuel cell solutions.”

Mr. Graves’ career has also included positions in investment banking and corporate development for companies including Piper Jaffray, RBC Capital Markets, and Pillsbury. He is a certified CPA (inactive), holds an MBA degree from the University of Virginia and spent two years (2005-2007) on a public board, Thermawave, Inc., a provider of metrology solutions to the global semiconductor industry with annual revenues of $80M.

Finally, Plug Power notes that current Board member, Larry Garberding, has retired, and Xavier Pontone has resigned, both effective as of the annual shareholder meeting on June 28, 2017.

About Plug Power Inc.
The architects of modern hydrogen and fuel cell technology, Plug Power has revolutionized the industry with its simple GenKey solution, elements of which are designed to increase productivity, lower operating costs and reduce carbon footprints in a reliable, cost-effective way. Plug Power’s GenKey solution couples together all the necessary elements to power, fuel and serve a customer.

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