Management Team

Steve Cotton


Steve Cotton has extensive background in building, deploying, managing and decommissioning lead-acid batteries. Prior to his current position with Aqua Metals, Steve spent 15 years as the cofounder and CEO of Data Power Monitoring Corporation and IntelliBatt (now Canara), a company with data center battery-monitoring products and services that he grew from his garage to a global multi-million dollar company. Canara was acquired by Columbia Capital in June 2012. He started his career in product development, business development and sales and has held positions at Sendmail, Inc., Lucent Technologies and Octel Communications. Steve holds several patents in the area of battery monitoring and has a BS in computer information systems with a focus on telecommunications from California State University, Chico.

Selwyn Mould

Selwyn Mould

Chief Operating Officer

Selwyn Mould is Aqua Metals' Chief Operating Officer and a co-founder. Selwyn is responsible for Aqua Metals' operations, including AquaRefinery operation, equipment manufacturing, manufacturing strategy, technology development, process development and product engineering.

Prior to Aqua Metals, Selwyn served as Chief Operating Officer of Applied Intellectual Capital, where he led manufacturing strategy, supply chain, technology development and process development. In addition, he headed the business venture that developed and commercialized an advanced lead acid battery.

Selwyn started his career in manufacturing before broadening his experience with senior roles in supply chain and operations. He began at Chloride in the UK as a production supervisor and then production manager in the Motive Power division where he learnt about the lead acid battery industry and developed a hands-on, team based approach to leadership. From here he moved into management consulting, first for Touche Ross and then for Gemini Consulting, where he led corporate turnaround and operations improvement programs across Europe and North America. Following this, Selwyn was Head of Logistics for Pilkington, the glassmaker, where he helped integrate separate European businesses into a single operation and was responsible for planning and scheduling, inventory management, distribution and customer service. From here he became Head of Supply Chain for Group Lotus plc, the sports car manufacturer and engineering consultant, where he lead the business through significant change as vehicle production was trebled and component manufacturing was outsourced to strategic suppliers.

Selwyn has an MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge.

Frank Knuettel II

Frank Knuettel II

Chief Financial Officer

Frank joins Aqua Metals with extensive strategic and operational financial leadership, with over 20 years of management and business experience in public and venture-backed firms. He served as CFO for Marathon Patent Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MARA) from 2014 to 2018, where he managed the acquisition of nine entities and closed $50 million on debt financing. From 2007 to 2013, he was CFO for IP Commerce Inc. Previously, he held several senior financial positions at InfoSearch Media, Inc., Internet Machines Corporation and Viking Systems, Inc., from 1999 to 2007. Mr. Knuettel holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a BA in Economics from Tufts University.