EIP Acquisition Corp I
- Decarbonization, Sustainability, Energy, Renewable Energy
Hans Kobler, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman
Hans Kobler is our Chief Executive Officer and Chairman. He also serves as the Founder and Managing Partner of EIP and Chief Executive Officer of various affiliates of Energy Impact Partners (2014−Present). As Managing Partner, he guides EIP’s operations and leads the Investment Committees, overseeing the investment in more than 50 companies in our target sector. Mr. Kobler is an experienced investor and operator in the field of energy and sensor technologies and a pioneer in strategic equity investing. Mr. Kobler led successful energy technology investment efforts as founder and CEO of Digital Power Capital (2001−2005) and as head of GE Capital’s Energy Technology Practice (1999−2001). As Chief Quality Officer (1997−1999), he pioneered strategic equity investing at General Electric. Mr. Kobler also gathered substantial operating experience as CEO of ICx Technologies (2005−2010), a sensor technology company he built, operated and-following a successful IPO on NASDAQ-sold to a strategic acquirer. Before that, he advised large global enterprises on strategy and Private Equity firms on due diligence with Bain & Company (1993−1996). Mr. Kobler has extensive experience in analyzing, structuring and executing technology investments and running and operating technology investment funds. At EIP he led the successful investment and exit of Greenlots. Mr. Kobler currently serves on the Board of Managers of Energy Impact Fund GP SARL (2019−Present) and previously served on the Board of Directors of Greenlots (2017−2019) and as the Head of the Audit Committee for the Board of Directors of Diligent Corporation (2014−2016). He speaks German and French, holds a Master of Aerospace Engineering from the Technical University of Munich and an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and attended INSEAD in Fontainebleau. We believe Mr. Kobler’s extensive energy industry and investment advisor experience make him well qualified to serve as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman.
Thomas O’Flynn, President and Chief Financial Officer
Thomas O’Flynn is our President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. O’Flynn was most recently a Chief Investment Officer at AES Infrastructure Advisors (2019−Present). Before that he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of AES Corporation (2012-2018). While CFO, Mr. O’Flynn also served as Head of U.S. Renewables and Global Renewables Coordinator from 2016−2018. Previously, Mr. O’Flynn served as Senior Advisor to the Private Equity Group of Blackstone, an investment and advisory group and held this position from 2010 to 2012. During this period, Mr. O’Flynn also served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Transmission Developers, Inc. (TDI)(2010−2012), a Blackstone-controlled company that develops innovative power transmission projects in an environmentally responsible manner. From 2001 to 2009, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of PSEG, a New Jersey-based merchant power and utility company. He also served as President of PSEG Energy Holdings from 2007 to 2009. From 1986 to 2001, Mr. O’Flynn was in the Global Power and Utility Group of Morgan Stanley. He served as a Managing Director for his last five years and as Head of the North American Power Group from 2000 to 2001. He was responsible for senior client relationships and led a number of large merger, financing and restructuring and advisory transactions. Mr. O’Flynn has also served as Chairman of the boards of directors of sPower (2017−2019) and Ipalco Enterprises (2015−2019) and a member of the boards of directors of AES Gener (2013−2015), Brightsource Energy (2010−2013) and Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited (2006−2009). He was also the Founding Chairman of the Northwestern University Institute for Sustainability and Energy (2014−2016) and is an adjunct instructor within Northwestern’s Master of Science in Energy and Sustainability (MSES) Program. Mr. O’Flynn has a BA in Economics from Northwestern University and an MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago. We believe Mr. O’Flynn’s extensive energy industry and investment advisor experience make him well qualified to serve as President and Chief Financial Officer.
Kevin Fitzgerald, Vice Chairman and Chief Commercialization Officer
Kevin Fitzgerald is our Vice Chairman and Chief Commercial Officer. He also serves as a Partner and Chief Utility Officer of EIP (2016−Present). As Chief Utility Officer, Mr. Fitzgerald provides insight on utility business needs, thereby driving fund strategy on investment and commercialization and innovation matters. Recently, he assumed an active role as Chairman of Greenlots (2017-2018), an EV charging company, which was EIP’s first investment in the transportation electrification sector and was ultimately sold to Shell New Energies for a substantial premium. Previously, as EVP and General Counsel at Pepco Holdings, Inc. (2011-2016), he assisted the CEO in the turnaround of the company, executed on a business strategy, Utility 2.0, which received an award from the Edison Electric Institute, and assisted in the company’s ultimate sale to Exelon. He was also on the boards of directors of several subsidiaries of Pepco Holdings, Inc., including Delmarva Power & Light Company (2012-2016), Pepco Energy Services (2012-2016), Atlantic City Electric Company (2012-2016), PHI Service Company (2012-2016) and Potomac Electric Power Company (2012-2016). Mr. Fitzgerald has held leadership positions in various energy trade associations including chairing the new technology committee for Edison Electric Institute 2012−2016 , Advisory board member to EPRI (2000−2011]) and frequent speaker at AGA and Edison Electric Institute finance committee events. Mr. Fitzgerald was also legal advisor to Plymouth Investments LLC (2016−2017) a utility M&A strategy and advisory firm. Prior to his work as an industry executive, Mr. Fitzgerald led the national energy practice at the law firm of Troutman Sanders LLP (1999−2012). Mr. Fitzgerald has a BA, MA and JD from the George Washington University. We believe Mr. Fitzgerald’s extensive energy industry and executive experience make him well qualified to serve as Vice Chairman and Chief Commercial Officer.
Vicky A. Bailey, Director Nominee
Vicky Bailey is the Founder & President of Anderson Stratton International (2005−Present). Ms. Bailey has over thirty years of high-level national, international, corporate, and government experience in energy. A former Commissioner at both the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) (1993−2000) and the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (1986−1993), Bailey was the first Assistant Secretary for International Affairs and Domestic Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) (2001−2004). Previously, she served as President and CEO of PSI Energy, Inc. (2000−2001), now Duke Indiana, Indiana’s largest electric utility. Ms. Bailey serves as a director on several corporate and non-profit Boards, including PNM holdings (2019−Present); Equitrans Midstream Corporation (2018-present), where she serves as chair of the corporate governance committee and as a member of its health, safety, security and environmental committee; Cheniere Energy (2005−Present), where she serves as member of its governance and nominating committee and audit committee; and as a director of the Battelle Memorial Institute of Columbus, Ohio (2006−present). Ms. Bailey also previously served as a director of EQT Corporation (2004−2018) as chair of its public policy and corporate responsibility committee and as a member of its executive committee and as a director of Cleco Corporation (2013−2016). In May 2013, Ms. Bailey was the first female to be elected Chairman of the Board of the United States Energy Association (USEA), a position she still holds today. Ms. Bailey has a BS from Purdue University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Ake Almgren, Director Nominee
Ake Almgren has led business entities providing electric equipment and systems for more than 25 years. Mr. Almgren currently serves as chairman of PJM Interconnection LLC (2018−Present), North American’s largest wholesale energy and transmission market serving more than 65 million customers. In addition, since 2003, he has headed his own consulting company, Orkas Inc. (2003−Present), which is focused on new energy technologies. Dr. Almgren was president and CEO of Capstone Turbine Corporation from 1998 to 2003, a distributed generation pioneer. Prior to Capstone, he was the president of several ABB companies, including ABB Power T&D Co., involved in electric transmission and distribution worldwide. Dr. Almgren previously served on the boards of Awesense Inc. (2014−2017) and Active Power Inc. (2004−2016). He also serves as advisor to CTC Global Inc. (2017−Present) and RMI/eLab (2012−Present).Previously, he served on the Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Council (2014−2017). Dr. Almgren has a Masters degree from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology and a PhD in engineering from Linköping University. We believe Dr. Almgren’s extensive energy sector experience make him well qualified to serve as a director
Cameron Bready, Director Nominee
Cameron Bready is the president and chief operating officer of Global Payments Inc. (2019−Present), overseeing the company’s worldwide merchant solutions businesses across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America along with worldwide operations, product, risk management and real estate. From 2014 to 2019, Mr. Bready served as its senior executive vice president and chief financial officer of Global Payment Inc. and was responsible for the company’s global financial operations, including finance, treasury, accounting, tax, investor relations, internal audit, corporate development, worldwide operations, global real estate and corporate affairs. Prior to joining Global Payments in 2014, Mr. Bready served as executive vice president and chief financial officer for ITC Holdings Corp. (2009−2014), a publicly-traded electric transmission utility, where he was responsible for the company’s accounting, finance, treasury and other related financial functions, as well as its corporate development initiatives. Mr. Bready joined ITC Holdings in April 2009 after serving as vice president of finance at Northeast Utilities (2007−2009) and, prior to that, senior vice president of Mirant Corporation (2006−2007). Mr. Bready has a BBA from Oglethorpe University. We believe Mr. Bready’s extensive financial and energy experience make him well qualified to serve as a director