Energy Jobs: Shakeups at GE, Tesla, McNamee Closer to FERC

Lots of big jobs news, so we’ll start with the kind of stuff that moves markets.

GE CEO John Flannery was recently ousted and replaced by the board with Lawrence Culp, the former CEO of Danaher Corporation, a publicly traded technology manufacturing conglomerate. Flannery is gone after just a year. Read here for what it might mean for GE’s power business.

In other GE news, Om Moolchandani, GE Digital’s director of cyber security, has moved to AutoGrid to be the company’s first chief information security officer.

Elon Musk stepped down as chairman of the board of Tesla late last month, but will remain CEO. The move comes after Musk tweeted in August that funding had been secured for a $70 billion go-private effort. Tesla, however, will be remaining public, while Musk has agreed to a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission regarding that tweet, and will pay a $20 million fine. Tesla will also pay a $20 million fine, get some new governance rules and the addition of two independent directors.

In other Tesla news, Mindy Yang left as senior director and worldwide controller for APAC and EMEA to join Enphase Energy as VP and chief accounting officer.

It’s certainly not the most talked about presidential nomination in recent weeks, but it’s now official that Trump has nominated Bernard McNamee to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, seeking to put a chief proponent of the Energy Department’s coal and nuclear bailout efforts on the same commission that has unanimously rejected these efforts over the past year. A hearing has been scheduled for next Tuesday, less than two weeks since McNamee’s nomination was announced, which is a record pace for a FERC confirmation process. 

Over in Europe, Thierry Lepercq, Engie’s EVP for research, technology and innovation, will become the executive director for Engie’s TerraWatt Initiative, a global non-profit that’s trying to build a terawatt of solar capacity by 2030. Also at Engie, Michael Webber will now be the scientific and technology director for the company, starting in January. He has spent the last five years as deputy director of the Energy Institute and co-director of the clean energy incubator at UT Austin.

Enel Green Power North America has promoted Georgios Papadimitriou to head up the regional division, replacing Rafael Gonzalez, who will take the same post over in Spain.

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company has promoted Debbie Powell to VP of power generation. She was previously senior director of substations. She is replacing Jon Franke, who became the company’s VP of health and safety and chief safety officer.

Exelon announced that its board of directors elected Laurie Brlas as a director. Brlas was most recently EVP and CFO of Newmont Mining Corporation

Residential solar provider Sungevity has brought on David White as CFO. White joins Sungevity from IntegenX, a rapid human DNA identification technology provider. He was also previously CFO of SolarCity.

Adam Happel has joined global building materials company Standard Industries in an energy marketing role to “build out a new approach to solar sales and installation.” That’s intriguing, given that Standard Industries is the world’s largest roofing and waterproofing manufacturer.

ChargePoint has a slew of new hires as it digs in on its ambitious growth strategy. New roles include Eric Sidle as SVP of engineering; Bill Loewenthal, SVP of product and Michael Hughes as CRO. Two out of three are attempting to remain incognito on LinkedIn. This summer, ChargePoint acquired fleet management software provider Kisensum for an undisclosed sum.

Lara Perlof has joined Wunder Capital as controller. Prior to joining Wunder, she spent the past three years as the controller at Mosaic and was with Sunrun prior to that.

Energy analytics firm Innowatts announced Rebecca Klein has been added to its board of directors. She was previous chairman of the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

Lara Perlof has just joined Wunder as Controller. Prior to joining Wunder, she was the Controller at Mosaic for the past 3.5 years (obviously an exciting time during their development), and Fund Manager at Sunrun prior to that.

New England solar installer Norwich Solar Technologies has added Martha Staskus as VP of development and Jonathan Lynch as VP of R&D.

Montana PSC vice chair Travis Kavulla is joining the R Street Institute in January as director of energy and environmental policy. He has also been president of NARUC and remains on its board.

Tenley Dalstrom recently started as program director at California Clean Energy Fund. She is leading the California Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development Initiative (CalSEED) at the CEC.

Source: FS – GreenTech Media
Energy Jobs: Shakeups at GE, Tesla, McNamee Closer to FERC