Industry & Services >> CEO Interviews >> August 6, 2012

American Superconductor Corporation (AMSC)

McGahn, Daniel
Daniel McGahn, President and CEO of American Superconductor Corporation, was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer in June 2011. Mr. McGahn joined AMSC in 2006 as Vice President, Strategic Planning and Corporate Development, and was later promoted to SVP of Asian Operations. In these roles, he was responsible for establishing AMSC's operations in China, Korea and India. In 2008, Mr. McGahn was promoted to the position of Senior Vice President and General Manager of AMSC Superconductors. In this role, he led efforts to significantly enhance AMSC's wire performance and production processes, and strengthened the AMSC Superconductors team to ensure the company is prepared for a rapid scale up in production. In 2009, he was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer, where he was responsible for AMSC's day-to-day global operations. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. McGahn served as Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of Konarka Technologies, a venture-backed developer of polymer photovoltaic technology for renewable power. While at Konarka, he helped significantly boost the company's profile with key external audiences and secure nearly $40 million in financing. He also was responsible for business development efforts in Asia, Europe and North America. Prior to 2003, Mr. McGahn was General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of Hyperion Catalysis, a world leader in carbon nanotube production and application development, where he managed research and development, product development, manufacturing, sales and operations. He also held managerial positions at IGEN International, a medical device company, and Princeton Consultants. A New Jersey native, Mr. McGahn holds M.S. and B.S. degrees in engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Profile
TWST: Would you begin with a brief introduction to AMSC, including some highlights from the company’s history and an overview of your business segments?

Mr. McGahn: AMSC focuses