Energous Announces Change of Chief Financial Officer

January 16, 2024

SAN JOSE, Calif. & FREMONT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Energous Corporation (NASDAQ: WATT), an industry leader in RF-based wireless power network solutions, announced today that the board of directors appointed Mallorie Burak as Energous’ Chief Financial Officer effective January 15, 2024. Susan Kim van-Dongen, the Company’s prior Interim Chief Financial Officer, stepped down on January 15, 2024.

Ms. Burak has over 17 years of experience in chief financial executive roles for private, NASDAQ, and OTCQX-listed technology companies. Before joining Energous, Ms. Burak served as President and CFO of Knightscope, Inc., an advanced public safety technology company, CFO of ThinFilm Electronics ASA, a solid-state lithium battery start-up, and CFO of Alta Devices, Inc., a GaAs thin-film solar technology start-up. Ms. Burak’s experience extends to advisory roles at Locale, SSG Capital Advisors LLC, and SIM-X Tactical Solutions, as well as President and CFO at FriendFinder Networks Inc., and CFO positions at Rainmaker Systems, Inc., FoodLink, and Vice President, Finance and Acting CFO at Southwall Technologies.

“We are thrilled to have Mallorie join our leadership team,” said Cesar Johnston, CEO of Energous. “Mallorie’s extensive experience as CFO of numerous technology companies, paired with her strategic vision and deep understanding of technology markets, makes her the ideal choice to guide our financial strategy as we continue to innovate and grow.”

On January 15, 2024, Ms. Burak was granted restricted stock units (“RSUs”) covering a total of 50,000 shares of common stock under the Energous 2017 Equity Inducement Plan (the “Inducement Plan”) and RSUs covering a total of 2,000 shares of common stock under the Energous 2013 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Equity Incentive Plan”). One-quarter of the RSUs granted shall vest on each of the first four annual anniversaries of January 15, 2024, subject to Ms. Burak’s continued employment on each vesting date. Each RSU is subject to the terms and conditions of the Inducement Plan or the Equity Incentive Plan, as applicable, and the terms and conditions of the applicable award agreement covering the RSUs. The grant was approved by the compensation committee of Energous’ board of directors. The RSUs were granted as an inducement to Ms. Burak accepting her appointment as Chief Financial Officer of the Company, and in accordance with Nasdaq Marketplace Rule 5635(c)(4).

The Company would also like to thank Susan Kim van-Dongen for serving as Interim Chief Financial Officer and wishes her the best in her future endeavors.

About Energous Corporation

Energous Corporation (NASDAQ: WATT) has been pioneering wireless charging over distance technology since 2012. Today, as the global leader in wireless charging over distance, its networks are safely and seamlessly powering its customers’ RF-based systems in a variety of industries, including retail, industrial, healthcare and more. Its total network solution is designed to support a variety of applications, including inventory and asset tracking, smart manufacturing, electronic shelf labels, IoT sensors, digital supply chain management, inventory management, loss prevention, patient/people tracking and sustainability initiatives. The number of industries and applications it serves is rapidly growing as it works to support the next generation of the IoT ecosystem.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Released January 16, 2024