Catalyze welcomes former electric power industry executive Brian McDonald as Executive Vice President/COO, former Head of Digital Solutions and Demand Response Terrill Laughton as CCO, energy sector supply chain manager Joseph Kiwak as senior vice president of supply chain management and former Tesla and SolarCity executive Tristan Glenwright as vice president. president of energy storage solutions.
BOULDER, Colo.–Catalyse, a clean energy transition company that builds, owns and operates solar, battery storage and electric vehicle (EV) charging systems for commercial and industrial customers, announced the expansion of its executive suite with the hiring of four industry veterans. Former electric power industry executive Brian McDonald joins as executive vice president/chief operating officer (COO), former head of digital solutions and demand response Terrill Laughton joins as as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), Energy Sector Supply Chain Director Joseph Kiwak joins as Senior Vice President (SVP) of Supply Chain Management, and former Tesla and SolarCity executive Tristan Glenwright, joins as vice president (VP) of energy storage solutions.
As the energy, transportation and building sectors strive to transition to zero-emission energy sources, clean energy companies are attracting industry veterans who recognize the opportunity to be a part innovative solutions that offer lower costs and greater reliability. Catalyze’s new additions to its leadership team will play a critical role in improving the company’s ability to deliver sustainable, cost-effective and simplified energy solutions nationwide.
“As our business continues to grow, we are committed to building a seasoned team that shares the knowledge, experience and passion to deliver on the promise of decarbonizing commercial real estate,” said Steve Luker, CEO of Catalyze. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Brian, Terrill, Joseph and Tristan to the Catalyze family. With an impressive track record of executing large-scale strategic initiatives in the clean energy industry, I’m confident that the new members of our leadership team will help bring our solutions to more partners than ever before in 2023 and beyond.”
McDonald joins the leadership team as Executive Vice President/COO, leading efforts to ensure efficient project delivery execution for Catalyze’s fast-growing operations. With a career spanning more than three decades, McDonald brings extensive experience as a senior clean energy executive, holding executive positions at Cupertino Electric, Inc., NextEra Energy, Inc., Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Calpine Corp. In these roles, McDonald led teams specializing in renewable energy development, energy innovation, electric vehicles and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services.
As CCO, Laughton will lead Catalyze’s business growth strategy, helping to further expand the reach of the company’s project portfolio nationwide. Most recently, Laughton spent nearly 15 years at Johnson Controls, culminating in his role developing cloud-based offerings, from incubation to maturity, and marketing these solutions to large enterprise accounts. multinationals as VP/GM of their digital solutions business. Laughton also has over 12 years of experience in energy stakeholder relations, software development and management consulting with McKinsey & Company and Exelon.
In his role as Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Management, Kiwak will be responsible for ensuring the availability, sustainability and affordability of the resources needed to deliver Catalyze’s diverse clean energy solutions. Kiwak has over 30 years of experience in the energy industry, including leadership positions at Sunfinity Renewable Energy, Sunnova Energy and NRG Renew. He has extensive experience managing diverse, multi-disciplinary teams in executing and successfully delivering multi-million dollar projects on time and within budget constraints, including over 60 C&I rooftop solar projects, the community solar energy, as well as accounting for residential and large-scale solar projects. for nearly 1 GW in total.
Glenwright will assume the role of Vice President of Energy Storage Solutions, helping to advance the adoption and integration of Catalyze’s energy storage solutions to deliver increased cost savings, sustainability and resiliency to partners in Catalyze. Glenwright joins the company from his time at Tesla, where he successfully led some of the world’s largest and most innovative energy storage and microgrid projects. Glenwright brings over 12 years of renewable energy experience, leveraging its strong hardware and software engineering base, combined with over 20 years of systems engineering experience in aerospace.
Catalyze is backed by leading energy investors EnCap Investments LP, Yorktown Partners LLC and Mercuria Energy. To learn more about Catalyze’s leadership team, visit https://catalyze.com/company/leadership/.
Catalyze is a national energy transition partner that develops, builds, owns and operates integrated renewable assets, and combines its proprietary technology, financial strength and knowledge of batteries and electric vehicles to deliver standardized yet configurable systems that meet the needs unique to their partners. These offerings allow commercial and industrial building owners, operating companies and their customers to extract greater value from their assets, take greater responsibility and ownership of their energy profile and ultimately to be part of the clean energy transition. Catalyze has two proprietary technologies – REenergyzeⓇ, an origin-to-operations software integration platform that helps accelerate and scale nationwide adoption of commercial and industrial solar and storage, and SolarStrapⓇ, an exclusive mounting technology for installing panels on roofs.
Catalyze is headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, with offices in California, Massachusetts, New York and Texas, and is backed by leading energy investors EnCap Investments, LP and Yorktown Partners LLC. For more information, visit https://catalyze.com/.
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