Rich is a cleantech visionary with three decades of experience growing large and small high-technology firms. Throughout his career, Rich has combined technical, financial, strategic, operations and business development skills to solve complex problems. He co-founded Evergreen Solar and as its CFO led the start-up through four rounds of VC funding, an IPO, several post-IPO financings supporting its growth to a market capitalization of over $1 billion and over $300 million in revenues. He has formed international strategic alliances with multiple Asian and European firms focused on manufacturing, technology and supplier partnerships. Rich has held senior management positions at companies ranging in size from start-up to over $3 billion in revenues. He has raised more than $350 million of investment from both public and private sources.
Prior to joining LS Energy Solutions, Rich served as Chief Financial Officer of two Boston-area technology companies. At 24M Technologies, Inc., a lithium-ion battery start-up in Cambridge, MA, he led all finance, strategy and business development activities and managed its $20 million Series D financing. While at TeraDiode, Inc., an MIT technology spinout commercializing a direct diode industrial laser technology, he led multiple financings and, along with the CEO, led all aspects of the Company’s $100 million sale to Panasonic Corporation.
In addition to his work at 24M and TeraDiode, Rich has held senior management positions at leading cleantech companies including Managing Director of Canadian Solar, CEO of Bandgap Engineering, and Cofounder, Chief Strategy Officer, Chief Financial Officer and a Director of Evergreen Solar.
Rich serves on the board of ENTOUCH, the pioneer in smart building technology headquartered in Dallas. He earned an SB in Electrical Engineering from MIT and an MBA from Boston College.
President & CEO
Steve is an accomplished power and energy market veteran with extensive experience growing high-technology businesses. Throughout his career, Steve has held executive positions at GE, Samsung and NEC, both in the US and abroad in Asia and the Middle East.
Steve was most recently the CEO of NEC Energy Solutions where he grew the company by 10x in just 3 years. Before joining NEC, Steve was CEO of alpha-En Corporation, a publicly traded lithium battery technology company. Prior to that, he spent four years as a senior executive officer with the Samsung Group as chief marketing and sales officer of Samsung Engineering. Steve started his career at GE in the aircraft engine business and spent 27 years with the company including five years as a vice president and corporate officer. He led GE’s company-wide environmental business initiative, which grew to $18 billion under his leadership. Prior to that, he was responsible for several GE technology-based businesses across Asia, notably as president and CEO of GE Energy China in Beijing.
Steve serves on the board of directors of NYSE listed EnerSys, a global leader in batteries and stored energy solutions. Steve was a member of the United Nations US-India Track II Dialog on Climate Change and Energy, and he has served on Columbia University’s Board of Visitors for the School of Engineering, HP CEO’s environmental advisory board, Columbia University Earth Institute’s Corporate Circle, and the GE Chairman & CEO’s corporate Commercial Council.
Steve holds an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University and a B.S. degree from Providence College.
Director, Commercial Operations
Kristen is a seasoned battery storage expert and brings considerable experience in commercial strategy, engineering, and sales gained from pioneers in the energy storage industry. Prior to joining LS Energy, she held high-impact strategy and sales engineering roles at Younicos and NEC Energy Solutions, where she sold over 270MW of battery storage projects that are currently operational across the United States. Her background also includes advantageous exposure to electric utilities from her time at Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA), the second largest transmission owner in ERCOT, where she provided strategic project planning for LCRA as well as several electric co-ops in Texas, including Pedernales Electric Cooperative, the largest co-op in the country. Kristen started her career in engineering consulting at TRC and RLC Engineering, where she consulted on projects ranging from NERC system assessments to renewable generation interconnections for various utilities in ISO-NE.
Kristen is a registered Professional Engineer and holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from McGill University.
Dave brings leadership in both accounting as well as strategy development and planning to LS Energy Solutions. He has experience in a wide range of positions with parent company LS ELECTRIC, where he led the corporate accounting department as well as the corporate strategy and planning department. In 2018, Dave joined LS Energy Solutions, where he is focused on supporting strategy development, including implementation of enterprise resource planning systems and processes.
Dave holds a Bachelor of Accounting from the University of Florida.
Director of Business Development
Director of Business Development
Dave brings more than four decades of experience in the electric power industry to LS Energy Solutions, including positions at Mystic River Energy Group, El Paso Merchant Energy, New England Electric System (now National Grid) and Westinghouse Electric. Throughout his career, Dave has represented the business interests of equipment and services providers, regulated electric utilities, independent power projects both in development and operation, energy trading companies, equity investors, state agencies, and commercial, industrial and municipal retail customers.
He joined LS Energy Solutions parent company LS ELECTRIC in early 2016, to focus on grid-scale energy storage. Previously, he led commercial and business development efforts on Beacon Power’s flywheel energy-storage technology.
Dave holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University and an M.S. in Industrial Administration from Carnegie Mellon University.
Director of Engineering
An energy storage expert who worked on the first commercial Li-Ion storage project in the United States, Curt brings senior technical leadership to LS Energy Solutions. With deep experience in the automation and industrial engineering sectors with such companies as, Systems Automation and Services, SSD Drives and Parker Hannifin, Curt solidifies the LS Energy Solutions leadership skill set in the disciplines of negotiation, customer service, sales, engineering and business development.
Curt holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Akron.