We start this week’s jobs column with women making moves across clean energy.
The New York Power Authority has hired Sarah Orban Salati as CCO to oversee all wholesale retail operations for the nation’s largest public utility. Salati was most recently at AES, where she was managing director of new energy solutions.
NYPA is no old-school power authority. Instead, it has taken a first-mover approach on the distributed energy transformation, using its business model to invest in and deploy new technologies in bold ways that can often exceed the speed of the regulated distribution utilities in the state.
Louise Wood is now director of risks and controls at Wunder Capital. Her team will develop policies that mitigate risk exposure across Wunder’s portfolio. She was most recently product developer at Xcel Energy.
Andrea Hoffman has been promoted to SVP of financial operations at Invenergy, one of the largest renewable developers in the U.S. She has been with Invenergy for more than a decade. The firm is actively looking to fill a VP role that will report to her.
Solar project developer Recurrent Energy just hired Mindy Yajko as its new Western region director of origination and structuring. She joins Recurrent Energy from Holy Cross Energy, where she served as senior vice president and CFO.
After more than 20 years with Sempra Energy in various roles, Lee Krevat has left to start his own consulting shop, Krevat Energy Innovations, which will focus on clean energy and clean transportation. “Now I can work with more urgency, and I think urgency is required,” Krevat told GTM.
In the last jobs column, we noted that MJ Shiao was moving on from GTM Research (now Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables). A few other GTM alums who left us further back are also on to new ventures.
Shyam Mehta, a founding member of GTM’s solar market advisory team, is now the policy director for the Solar Energy Industries Association in New York. He’ll be focusing on key challenges in the state, including interconnection reform, property tax standardization, net metering/VDER reform and zoning/permitting issues. When asked about the opportunity with NY SEIA, Mehta dropped a solar geek’s definition of a fun fact: “Here's a fun fact about New York as a solar state: We're ranked No. 3 in the country in terms of population, No. 3 in terms of GDP, but No. 12 in terms of 2017 installs. In other words, NY has 4x the population of Minnesota, but installed 120 MW less in 2017. That needs to change.” Personal experience confirms that Mehta is actually filled with solar facts, and is still fun.
Another former GTM analyst, Adam James, has left Tesla Energy to be chief of staff at Energy Impact Partners. At EIP, he’ll join Interchange co-host, former GTM SVP of research Shayle Kann, who went to EIP earlier this year.
Enertech Search Partners, an executive search firm with a dedicated cleantech practice, is the sponsor of the GTM jobs column.
Enertech Search Partners is now Quantal.
Enertech recently joined forces with Momenta Partners to launch a new practice called Quantal to focus on building specialized teams in Connected Industry. We believe our genesis in energy is fundamental and inextricable from the broader connected industry markets. We have partnered with companies driving digitization in energy over the past decade and this transformation is now repeating itself in the broader industrial markets, perfectly positioning Enertech (now Quantal) to help companies overcome the same challenges faced in energy.
Momenta Partners’ team works across three practices: advisory, venture and talent. The team has led connected companies and business lines at Apple, Brambles, Daintree, Eurotech, GE Digital, IBM, ThingWorx, Interdigital and Wonderware, to name a few. Additionally, Momenta Partners has served as executive search adviser for over 150 IOT leadership placements, and to venture capital investors with a portfolio of more than 25 industrial IOT companies.
Sungevity has brought on David White as CFO starting in October, according to Solar Industry magazine. He is joining Sungevity from IntegenX, a DNA identification company, where he serves as VP of finance. However, this is not his first foray into solar, as he was previously CFO of SolarCity nearly a decade ago.
We just can’t get through a jobs column without mentioning Tesla. Tesla’s VP of global supply management, Liam O’Connor, has reportedly resigned from the company, according to CNBC. Additionally, Gary Gaines, who was general manager for the Northeast, has left to join Lyft as VP of the East.
California solar provider Sun Light & Power has hired a new COO, Troy Tyler, replacing founder Gary Gerber, who will now focus on of taking the company to a 100% employee-owned status. Tyler joins Sun Light from Smash Solar, where he was CEO for the past six years; he was at SunPower before that.
Varun Sivaram has left the Council on Foreign Relations to join ReNew Power as CTO. India’s ReNew has nearly 4 gigawatts of operational capacity and another nearly 2 gigawatts of wind and solar under development. Here are some of Sivaram’s parting words from the CFR blog: “Governments are not the only — or even the primary — entities needed to advance clean energy innovation. The private sector is center stage for the development and commercialization of new technologies, and I’m eager to help my new firm establish itself as a technology leader. Still, I’ve learned through my time at the Council that supportive public policy can unleash private innovation.” He also left an open-ended invitation for his more than 4,700 Twitter followers to come visit him in Delhi.
Poonum Agrawal is now senior regulatory analyst with Silicon Valley Clean Energy. She was previously with the CPUC, also as a senior regulatory analyst.
Tim Neville joined ESS as VP of operations. He was previously at Valmont Industries. Also at ESS, Michael R. Niggli was elected as chairman of the board.
In other board news, Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives appointed John Eber to its board of directors, Gaurang Kavaiya is now on the board at Tendril and John Tough joined the board of Volta Charging.
Joe Henri has left ForeFront Power as director of sales to join solar developer Dimension Renewable Energy as VP of business development.
After spending the last year consulting, Tenley Dalstrom is now serving as program director at California Clean Energy Fund.
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