Project Energy Reimagined Acquisition Corp.
- Decarbonization, Renewable Energy, Energy, Infrastructure, Transportation, Automotive, Mobility, Artificial Intelligence, Technology
Mr. Srinath Narayanan, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Narayanan is our Chief Executive Officer and a director. He has more than two decades of experience in growth investing, investment banking, and corporate finance. He currently serves as managing partner of Edgewater Investments, a private multi-family office he founded in 2013, where he has focused on growth investments into early and late-stage technology and transportation companies in the U.S. and China. Notable investment exits include Palantir Technologies (IPO 2020), SpaceX (2020), and Quectel (IPO 2019). He currently sits on the boards of Veea Technologies and Hyperloop Transportation Technologies. He is also an active investor in WrightSpeed Technologies, which is focused on powertrain technology for Class 8 EVs and heavy-duty trucks, and Smilodon Corporation, which is in the early phase of business model development and is focused on inter-modal transportation, particularly hydrogen fuel-cells and EV technology.
Mr. Narayanan previously served as an advisor to Kleiner Perkins and Technology Partners portfolio companies in the solar, EV charging station and battery technology sectors from 2011 to 2013. Mr. Narayanan started his direct investment career in 2009 managing Navation LLC, the family office of the former President of Qualcomm. Mr. Narayanan started his career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs (Asia) in 2000. From 2001 to 2009, Mr. Narayanan served as an M&A and corporate finance banker at Banc of America Securities (New York and San Francisco) and Canaccord Adams (San Francisco), where he led the west-coast technology investment banking efforts. Mr. Narayanan started his career in the technology sector in 1993, leading product development, and operational roles at MRO Corporation (acquired by IBM), Fidelity Investments and Work Technology Corporation. Mr. Narayanan has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from VJTI, University of Bombay, a master’s degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Northeastern University and an MBA from MIT Sloan School. Mr. Narayanan was selected to serve on the board because of his expertise in investment management, particularly in the technology and transportation sectors, as well as his experience as a director.
Mr. Sanjay Mehta, President and Director
Mr. Mehta will serve as our President and a director upon the completion of this offering. He has more than two decades of capital markets, M&A and investment management experience and has led and closed more than $20 billion worth of transactions in his career. Mr. Mehta is an individual investor in Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, a company in which Mr. Narayanan is an active investor and board member. Since 2014, he has served as the chairman of S ONE Trust, where he manages a multi-asset investment portfolio with a focus on socially/environmentally driven impact investing, technology, renewable energy, zero emission mobility and electrification. He is also the founder and managing partner of ReNew One (U.K) Limited, a leasing fund for zero emission mass transportation and last mile logistics assets in the U.K. founded in 2020. From 2000 to 2014, Mr. Mehta was a Managing Director of Essar Capital where he managed a proprietary fund of $32 billion and led a team in making transformational investments, value creation and harvesting of investments in businesses throughout the energy, mobile communication, transportation, metals and infrastructure sectors.
Mr. Mehta previously worked at J. Aron & Company, a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs, from 1993 to 1996 and American Marine Advisors Inc. in New York from 1996 to 2000. Since 2018, Mr. Mehta has served as an independent investment trustee on Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association Trustees (Bermuda) Limited. Mr. Mehta received his bachelor’s degree from London School of Economics and a master's degree in Finance from City University Business School, London. Mr. Mehta was selected to serve on the board because of his investment management experience in renewable energy and technology.
Mr. Prakash Ramachandran, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Ramachandran will serve as our Chief Financial Officer upon the completion of this offering. He has more than 25 years of corporate finance experience in the United States and Asia. He served as EVP & Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Digital Reasoning Systems, Inc., a software company offering AI/cognitive computing applications for financial services and healthcare markets from 2015 until its recent acquisition by Smarsh, Inc in 2021. During his tenure, the company closed two rounds of financing totaling approximately $80 million and completed a strategic acquisition of a healthcare company.
Prior to Digital Reasoning, Mr. Ramachandran was CFO of Polyera Corporation, a materials company specializing in flexible electronics. During his tenure, the company raised over $35 million in funding. He was previously CFO of Nordic Windpower where he raised more than $60 million in equity and debt during his tenure. Mr. Ramachandran also spent five years as CFO of Novariant Inc., a period where the company raised more than $40 million in venture equity and debt, closed two key strategic acquisitions and grew its revenues by more than 1,500%. During Mr. Ramachandran's time as CFO of Novariant Inc., Mr. Narayanan worked closely with the company in his capacity as an investment banker at Canaccord Adams. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ramachandran spent over 10 years in Hong Kong in various financial roles including five years as CFO of Sonex Group, where revenues grew from $100 million to $300 million during his tenure by expanding into new country markets in Asia and Latin America. Mr. Ramachandran also served on the board of directors of Thrasys, Inc., a healthcare technology company, from 2008 to 2020. Mr. Ramachandran has a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Madras in India and a master’s degree in Management from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business (Sloan Fellows Program). He is a Chartered Accountant from India and is also a Chartered Management Accountant of U.K.
Mr. David Roberts, Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Roberts will serve as our Chief Operating Officer upon the completion of this offering. He has extensive experience as a business executive, a patent attorney and in the public sector advancing public-private partnerships around energy storage technologies. Since 2017, Mr. Roberts has served as the Chief Innovation Officer at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the lead economic development agency for the State of Indiana. From 2015 to 2017, he served as President of the Battery Innovation Center, Inc., a non-profit R&D laboratory working with companies across next generation energy storage technologies, and has served as a member of its board of directors since 2018. From 2012 to 2014, Mr. Roberts served as CEO and President of EnerDel, Inc., a transportation and stationary lithium-ion battery supplier, leading EnerDel through a successful sale.
From 2013 to 2014, he served as a member of the board of directors of Enertech International, Inc. and as a member of the board of directors of Zhejiang Wanxiang Ener1 Power Systems Co., Ltd. Mr. Roberts has additional experience as patent and corporate counsel for Caterpillar and as an engineer with Lockheed Martin. Mr. Roberts received a bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Lehigh University and a J.D. from Indiana University School of Law. Since 2014, Mr. Roberts has also served as a patent and business attorney with Gutwein Law and he is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Mr. Tim Dummer, Head of Business Strategy
Mr. Dummer will serve as Head of Business Strategy upon the completion of this offering. He has been a business leader and innovator with a passion for building and scaling cleantech companies with breakthrough technologies. Mr. Dummer has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Proof Energy since 2020. He has also served as a consultant for Venture Catalyst Advisors since 2015. From 2016 to 2017, he served as Chief Business Officer of Wrightspeed Technologies, a company in which Mr. Narayanan is an active investor. Mr. Dummer has 30 years of experience creating, growing and transforming businesses for Fortune 100 companies (GE and DuPont) as well as start-ups (Proof Energy, Wrightspeed Technologies, Rennovia and Solazyme). Mr. Dummer also brings deep domain experience of the renewable energy, electric vehicles, chemicals and materials, and biotechnology industries and the application of these technologies to create high-performance, cost-advantaged and circular-economy solutions.
In addition, Mr. Dummer has extensive global business experience. He has lived and worked in the U.S. for 15 years and in Europe for 15 years (England, Ireland, Belgium and Switzerland) and is a dual citizen of the U.S. and the U.K. He also has significant experience doing business in Asia—particularly China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan. Mr. Dummer received a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Bradford, England and has completed multiple executive programs at INSEAD business school (France and Singapore) and GE’s Crotonville leadership institute (USA).
Dr. Kathy Liu, Head of Technology Strategy
Dr. Liu will serve as Head of Technology Strategy upon the completion of this offering. She is a thought leader in the battery innovation, power electronics and EV powertrain fields. Dr. Liu has served as head of engineering of Smilodon Corporation, a company in which Mr. Narayanan is an active investor and board member and is focused on Class 3 and Class 7 trucks and inter-modal transportation, since 2019. Dr. Liu is also the founder and Chief Technology Officer of GalaTech, Inc., focused on engineering and commercializing innovative 3-in-1 design with electric motor, inverter and electronic controls in a single box to drive greater efficiency for electric powertrain. Before transitioning to Chief Technology Officer, she served as President of GalaTech from 2017 to 2018.
From 2012 to 2017, Dr. Liu worked at Tesla as an EV powertrain technologist where she was a core member of the R&D team developing Tesla’s Model S, Model X and Model 3’s inverter and electric powertrain, including the world’s first commercial SiC module for EV application as well as various system design and modeling for power and thermal management. Dr. Liu holds over 40 patents and has written over 30 scientific publications in EV powertrain and power electronic fields. Dr. Liu received her B.S. and M.S. degree from Tsinghua University-China and PhD degree from Carnegie Mellon University. She was a tenure-tracked assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame, and then a research scientist at Intel and Freescale.
Mr. David Michail, Corporate Counsel
Mr. Michail will serve as our Corporate Counsel upon the completion of this offering. He is a business and corporate transactional lawyer and has served as the managing principal and owner of Metlawgroup Corp. since 2001. Mr. Michail and Metlawgroup Corp. have provided general transaction-related support services to Mr. Narayanan and his affiliated entities since January 2020. Since February 2020, he has also served as the Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel for Hyperloop Italia. S.r.l. and as a member of its board of directors. He is frequently retained as “consulting counsel” by several law firms globally and represents both emerging market and Fortune 1000 clients in various IT, corporate and IP related projects. He is currently serving on the board of advisors for Sienna, Inc. and was a former member of the board of directors for Leonid Systems, Inc., a telecommunications company sold to Broadsoft, Inc. in 2015. Mr. Michail received his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Rollins College in 1993 and his Juris Doctorate degree, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law in 1996.
Mr. Michael Browning
Mr. Browning will serve as an independent director and chairman of the board of directors immediately upon the effectiveness of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. He combines a decades-long career in real estate and infrastructure, with deep experience in energy and civic service. He currently serves as the lead independent director for Duke Energy Corp., where he has served on the board of directors since 2006 and also chairs the corporate governance committee and serves as a member of the compensation and people development committee and the regulatory policy committee. From 1977 to 2019, Mr. Browning served as chairman of Browning Consolidated, LLC, an Indianapolis-based real estate development company and still maintains his role as Principal. He has been deeply involved with the community of Indiana over the years, having served on the advisory board of St. Vincent Hospital and Health Care Center, the board of directors of the Indianapolis Indians and the board of directors of the Indy Public Safety Foundation. He currently serves as chairman of Visit Indy and as a member of both the Indiana Golf Association and the Crossroads Council of Boy Scouts. Mr. Browning received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1968. Mr. Browning was selected to serve on the board because of his experience in the energy sector and as a director.
Mr. Eric Spiegel
Mr. Spiegel will serve as an independent director immediately upon the effectiveness of the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part. He has extensive experience as an executive and consultant in the energy, industrials and healthcare sectors as well as expertise in corporate governance. Since 2019, he has served as a special advisor at Brighton Park Capital where he supports the firm’s sector investment teams and portfolio companies by providing strategic counsel on industry trends, growth strategies and investment opportunities. He previously served as a special advisor at General Atlantic, a large, growth-oriented private equity firm, from 2017 to 2019, during which time he led (as interim CEO) the formation of a healthcare startup named OneOncology. Also during his time at General Atlantic, Mr. Spiegel served as chairman of CLEAResult, one of the largest providers of energy efficiency programs and services in North America, and as chairman of EN Engineering, a top 50 energy engineering and design firm in the United States. Mr. Spiegel currently serves as a member of the board of directors and chairman of the audit committee of Liberty Mutual Holding Company Inc. and as a member of the board of directors and chairman of the finance committee of Dover Corporation.
From 2010 to 2016, Mr. Spiegel served as President and CEO of Siemens USA, a global business focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. Prior to joining Siemens, he had 25 years of global consulting experience at Booz Allen Hamilton in the power, oil and gas, chemicals, water, retail, pharmaceuticals and automotive markets. Mr. Spiegel received his A.B. with Honors in Economics from Harvard University and his MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College where he was an Edward Tuck Scholar. Mr. Spiegel was selected to serve on the board because of his experience as a consultant in the energy sector and as a director.