EcoMotors, a firm developing a more efficient, lightweight opposed-piston diesel engine, hired Iain Ridley as VP of Engineering. Ridley was most recently SVP of Engineering at General Compression and, before that, worked at a number of diesel engine design houses. EcoMotors also named Amit Soman as COO. Soman comes to EcoMotors after fourteen years at Cummins, the largest independent diesel engine maker, where he was GM of Asia-Pacific Operations, based in Beijing, China. Investors in EcoMotors include Khosla Ventures, Bill Gates and Braemar Energy Ventures.
Fisker Automotive's founder and namesake Henrik Fisker resigned from the automotive startup citing “several major disagreements” with "executive management on the business strategy," according to AutoCar. The firm has reportedly been looking at acquisition and investment deals from Chinese firms.
Infinia, a maker of free-piston Stirling generators named Jos van der Hyden as Chief Commercial Officer. Van der Hyden was previously with Canadian Solar and also served as First Solar's VP of Business Development for EMEA.
LDK Solar, a state-owned entity, announced that Dr. Liangbao Zhu, EVP and a director of LDK Solar's Board, resigned from the company for personal reasons.
PwC U.S. named Tom Solazzo as U.S. Cleantech Leader for the firm.