Environmental & Energy Executive Moves: Carbon Disclosure Project, P&G, Enova Systems, ACEEE

by | Jul 9, 2012

Here’s the latest news on hirings and promotions among environmental and energy management leaders.

Carbon Disclosure Project: Marc Fox has been appointed director of investor engagement in North America. Marc joins the not-for-profit organization from Goldman Sachs, where he spent seven years as a research analyst. He will work on CDP’s investor engagement strategy in the US and Canada.

Procter & Gamble: Former EPA Assistant Administrator Steve Owens is the newest member of P&G’s US Sustainability Expert Advisory Panel, tasked with evaluating P&G’s sustainability initiatives, among other duties. Owens served as the EPA’s assistant administrator in charge of its Office of Chemical Safety & Pollution Prevention from 2009 until November 30, 2011, before going into private law practice with the Squire Sanders law firm.

Enova Systems: CEO Michael Staran and COO John Mullins have resigned from the company and its board of directors, according to the electric drive systems company’s form 8-K filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Christopher Thunen has been appointed to the board of directors to fill one of the vacancies. The struggling company also reports 80 percent of its workforce has left the company because of continued delays in industry adoption of EV technology.

Johns Manville: Dr. Timothy Swales, vice president of corporate research and development, has assumed the additional role of chief sustainability officer at the building materials company. Swales’ previous roles within JM include research and development director, and director, innovation and commercialization for the engineered products business.

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy: The organization has appointed Naomi Baum chief operating officer and hired Ethan Rogers as the senior manager to run the organization’s research program on industrial energy efficiency. Most recently, Baum served as executive director of the Congressional Oversight Panel, a bipartisan panel created to oversee the Treasury Department’s Troubled Asset Relief Program. Rogers comes to ACEEE from the Purdue University Technical Assistance Program in Indiana.

LM Wind Power: CEO Roland Sundén is leaving after six years with the wind turbine blade manufacturer. Tim Robson, a non-executive director, will act as interim CEO.

Acciona: The Spanish renewable energy infrastructure and water-services provider has appointed Robert M. Park president of Acciona Canada, a new, non-executive role intended to grow the company’s core business in the country. Park has served as president of Acciona’s infrastructure division in Canada since 2007. Acciona has also moved engineer Purificación Torreblanca from Spain to Canada to lead the company’s infrastructure team.

Lime Energy: David Asplund has resigned as chairman of the board and will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from his position as executive chairman of the renewable energy company for health reasons. Richard Kiphart has been elected to serve as chairman of the board.

Smith Electric Vehicles: The all-electric commercial vehicle company has appointed Robin Mackie president and John F. Smith to its board of directors. Mackie is a founder and director of Smith US and has served as Smith’s chief technology officer and a member of the board of directors since January 2009. John F. Smith spent 42 years with General Motors, leading the turnarounds of Allison Transmission and Cadillac Motor Car.

BrightSource Energy: Mathew Brett has been named senior vice president of international development of the solar thermal technology company. Prior to joining BrightSource Energy, Brett co-founded and served as the European CEO of Advanced Power AG, a developer of gas-fired power plants.

Lighting Science Group Corporation: The LED manufacturer has appointed Steve Marton as its interim Chief Executive Officer following the resignation of CEO and Chairman James Haworth. Marton has served as a senior operating partner at Pegasus Capital Advisors since 2008 and has worked with Lighting Science Group’s operations in a consulting capacity since February 2012.

ASHRAE: The building technology society has installed new officers and directors for 2012-13 including president Thomas E. Watson, chief engineer at McQuay International. Other officers installed for a one-year term are: President-Elect William “Bill” P. Bahnfleth, Ph.D., professor at Pennsylvania State University; Treasurer: Thomas “Tom” H. Phoenix, principal and vice president, Moser Mayer Phoenix Associates; Vice President Constantinos A. Balaras, Ph.D., research director at the Institute for Environmental Research and Sustainable Development at the National Observatory of Athens in Greece; Vice President Daniel C. Pettway, sales representative, Hobbs and Associates; Vice President Timothy G. Wentz, associate professor at University of Nebraska – Lincoln; and Vice President Thomas E. Werkema, senior consultant, Arkema Inc.

Advantix Systems: The manufacturer of energy efficient dehumidification and air conditioning technology has named Dion C. Joannou as the company’s chief executive officer. Joannou currently sits on the boards of Dialogic and GoNet Systems, two technology solutions providers, and has also served in various roles at Nortel Networks for 14 years.

Skipping Stone: Jim McHugh, formerly of IBM and Schneider Electric, has joined the energy consulting company as a Principal in Skipping Stone’s Atlanta office. At IBM McHugh led business development efforts for IT managed services and industry specific solutions for large energy and utility accounts in the eastern US.

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