Energy Jobs: Netflix Talent Moves to Cleantech, Exec Ousted at Tesla, GE Restructuring Continues

The energy industry may be more exciting to work in now than at
any other time in recent memory, but it’s still difficult for
energy companies large and small to compete against the likes of
Google and Apple to recruit top talent.

One clean tech startup, Lumin, which offers smart home
controls via the circuit breaker, has found a way to entice a lead
data engineer to its team with its recent hire of Brian Sullivan as
head of data engineering. Sullivan spent more than six years at
Netflix as director of the streaming data engineering team. He is a
fan of Bob’s Burgers, according to his LinkedIN profile.

In more traditional power news,
General Electric announced
it will reorganize GE Power into two
businesses, one for gas power systems and power services and GE
Power Portfolio, which will be for the steam, nuclear, grid and
power conversion businesses. Earlier in the month, GE closed a deal
to transfer its distributed gas power business to equity investor
Advent International. The new company, encompassing GE’s
Jenbacher and Waukesha gas engine brands, also has a new
name: Innio. The products
will still retain their brand names. Read more about the
spinoff here
.

As part of the power restructuring, retired GE vice chairman
John
Rice
will return to the company as chairman of GE gas power
business. Scott Strazik,
current president of Power Services, will now be CEO of GE gas
power business. Russell
Stokes
, current CEO of GE Power, will be named the CEO of GE
Power Portfolio. It is unknown whether any of these three gentlemen
are fans of Bob’s Burgers.

Duke Energy has
promoted two executives
. Stan Pinegar has moved from Duke
Energy’s VP of Indiana government affairs to become Duke
Energy’s state president in Indiana. He is replacing Melody
Birmingham-Byrd who will become Duke Energy’s SVP and chief
procurement officer. She is replacing Swati Daji who became Duke
Energy’s SVP of customer solutions earlier this month.

Michigan’s largest energy provider,
Consumers Energy
, has promoted Tonya Berry from executive
director of quality within the company, to VP of operations
performance. Berry will lead implementation of the customer-centric
lean methodologies across the gas and electric groups.

In other power news, Utilidata, which delivers energy
optimization from substation to grid edge, has hired Marissa
Hummon
as CTO. She was most recently director of product at
Tendril.

And since we can’t get through a jobs column without some
Tesla executive moves,
CNBC is reporting
that Tesla’s head of global security, Jeff
Jones, has been dismissed after less than a year.

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Quantal, an executive search firm focused on building
specialized teams in connected industry, is the sponsor of the GTM
jobs column.

Among its many active
searches
, Quantal has been engaged to find an IT
infrastructure manager for a utility.

The client is an exciting Utility Co-op. They are one of the
largest in the area, and with a new senior leadership team from the
CEO on down, they are extremely progressive, and working on a
large-scale technology integration. Currently they are looking for
a talented Enterprise Architect to join the team and own this
function for the company and make an immediate impact. Someone with
Utility experience who has worked with enterprise software,
including operational through AMI would be the best fit. They have
a very solid structure, plan and leadership team in place and offer
competitive salaries, benefits, vacation, and full relocation.

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Spruce Finance, which exited the residential efficiency and
solar lending and property-assessed clean energy origination
business
earlier his year
, has been acquired by HPS Investment Partners.
Spruce’s co-chairman of the board, Christian Fong,
is now president and CEO.

NextEnergy has brought on various executives. Tim Slusser
is in the new position of director of smart mobility initiatives.
He comes from Michigan Economic Development Corporation where he
was business strategy manager. Nathalie Osborn is now
director of smart grid initiatives. She was previously with
CLEAResult. David Jackson is NextEnergy’s new director of
business development and industry partnerships and has previously
been with Siemens, Schneider Electric and DTE Energy.

Michael
Hopkins
is now CEO of, well, a startup still in stealth mode.
He spent nearly the last decade leading thermal storage startup Ice
Energy, which
raised $40 million
earlier this year.

Walburga Hemetsberger is now CEO of the European solar energy
association, SolarPower Europe,
according to PV Magazine
. In the past decade she has been head
of the EU Representation Office of Austrian energy company Verbund
AG, and a board member of Hydrogen Europe in charge of energy
transition solutions.

Cody Norman is now director of global applications engineering
at Array Technologies. He was previously with REC Solar, RGS Energy
and SnapNrack.

DNV GL has hired Dana Olson as the new global solar segment
leader. He was previously technology manager at the U.S. Department
of Energy
working on SunShot
and was with NREL before that.

Source: FS – GreenTech Media
Energy Jobs: Netflix Talent Moves to Cleantech, Exec Ousted at Tesla, GE Restructuring Continues