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Amperion Management

Nachum Sadan, President and CEO

Nachum Sadan is responsible for the vision and strategic direction of the company, and the execution of its business operations. He is a serial entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in power engineering, computer networking and data communications.

At Amperion, he has turned around the company by developing a completely new communications platform based on innovative and patent protected technology, selling that concept to one of the largest utility companies in the US, and bringing it to commercialization. All on an extremely tight budget.

Prior to his position at Amperion, from 2003 to 2005 Nachum was Chief Operating Officer of Mintera Optical Networks, a pioneer in the development of 40Gbps optical transport products to large telecommunications carriers. Prior to Mintera, Nachum served as Executive Vice President of Technical Operations at Sitara Networks, delivering Quality of Service (QoS) products to large enterprise and service provider customers. During his period from 1998 to 2003 the company grew from a technology start-up into a high gross margin, revenue-producing business, serving major enterprise and telecommunications carriers worldwide.

Prior to Sitara Networks, Nachum was co-founder and Vice President Engineering of CommHome Systems and Bus-Tech Inc. (BTI) two networking startups that successfully sold. As a founding member of Bus-Tech, Nachum helped grow the company from 6 to 35 employees and increase product revenue from $1M to over $25M in 5 years until it was sold to Network Systems Corp in 1993. He delivered the first SNA to IP gateway to market and helped establishing strategic partnerships with IBM, Novell and Microsoft.

Nachum holds a number of patents in powerline communications and is a frequent speaker at Distributech, UTC, IEEE, and other smart grid and clean energy conferences. He is a member of the MIT Enterprise Forum, American Technion Society, Northeastern University Alumni Association and the IEEE Power Engineering Society and Communications Society.

He received a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston Massachusetts and a Bachelor of Science cum laude in Electrical Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.

 

Bruce Renz, Chief Engineer and CTO

Bruce Renz is providing guidance regarding Smart Grid concepts, opportunities and issues. He is also providing engineering advice on a variety of communications design topics. He has over 40 years experience working in the electric utility industry in a variety of leadership positions.

In September 2000, Bruce retired from American Electric Power Company, following a 36-year career, and formed Renz Consulting, LLC. Prior to retirement, Renz was AEP vice president - Energy Delivery Support. He was responsible for electrical research, electrical laboratories, telecommunications, technology delivery, information technology, application development, measurements and customer support systems.

Since retirement from AEP, he has been involved in a number of technology-related programs. As principal consultant to the DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory, he has helped develop its Modern Grid Strategy, providing a detailed definition of many Smart Grid concepts enacted into law.

Bruce began his career with the AEP Service Corporation as an assistant engineer in 1963. He held a variety of technical and managerial positions (including assistant to the CEO) over the next several decades, becoming chief electrical engineer in 1990 and vice president in 1992.

He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, respectively. He also earned a master's degree in industrial management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Sloan Fellow, and completed the General Electric Power Systems Engineering Course and the AEP System Management Development Program at the University of Michigan.

He has been a vice president of the U. S. National Committee of CIGRE, the international conference of large, high-voltage electric systems, headquartered in Paris. He was also Chairman of the Power Engineering Society's Industry Advisory Council. He has served on the Ohio State University Electrical Engineering Department Advisory Council, the EPRI Research Advisory Committee and he chaired the EPRI Power Delivery Group Council.

A registered professional engineer in New York and Ohio, Renz has been recognized as the Columbus Technical Council's Person of the Year - 1992. He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu and a Life Fellow of IEEE.

 

Dwight Linn, Vice President Sales

Dwight Linn drives all sales activities for Amperion and has over 30 years of experience in high technology companies at large and startup organizations where he helped launch new hardware and software products in the telecommunications market. He held engineering, and sales management positions at Bayly Communications, Coastcom, Gambit Communications, Allied Telesyn, Hitachi Internetworking, Onstream Networks (T3 Plus), American Business Communications, Racal Milgo, Motorola, and GTE and was a C4I systems engineer in the USAF.

Dwight has a strong, successful experience bringing new products and services to market. He was Co-founder and VP of Sales and Service of self-financed equipment reseller American Business Communications, that sold to Telmar in 1992 for $20M, and VP Carrier Sales of T3Plus Networking delivering over $50M sales in Broadband access products. T3Plus was later purchased by 3Com for $180 Million. Dwight was VP Regional Sales of Racal Milgo selling Network Management Systems and Communications hardware to Utility companies, Federal, State and Local Government, and running a profit and loss center with an annual budget of $4M on a Sales quota of $50M.

At Gambit Communications,a test software startup he served as VP Sales and sold software products to many of the major communications vendors for use in testing their NMS packages. Linn took the company from zero sales to over $7M in just two years. At Coastcom he was VP Sales Utility and Federal Markets selling network equipment to the DOD. Coastcom was later acquired by Canadian Bayly Communications where Linn was responsible for the operations of the US market. At Tempest Telecom Solutions Linn co-founded the new Engineered Solution Division, built on the 2011 acquisition of Bayly Communication by Tempest and was part of the executive team that created a new manufacturing arm of Tempest, building the D/I Mux III multiplexor.

Dwight has a BA degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Angelo State University and is a decorated USAF officer.

 

Chris Anderton, Vice President Marketing

Chris Anderton is responsible for product marketing functions. He has over 25 years of experience designing, engineering, selling, and marketing high technology systems for large and startup companies and worked extensively in Europe and the United States. Previous companies include British Telecom, 3Com, Cray Networks, Ascom Timeplex, Computer Network Technology and Expand Networks.

At British Telecom Anderton was part of a new Business Services Division delivering a range of Value Add management services to BT's customer base. At Olivetti Corp he led the UK networking group and launched a new range of computer networking systems delivering products to market on time and in budget. Later at 3Com Corporation in England, Anderton worked with its founder and CEO Bob Metcalf and was responsible for 3Com's European Product Marketing Operations. Anderton built distribution channels throughout Europe as well as managed the European product development.

At Cray Communications, Anderton was Director of Worldwide Product Marketing and oversaw the development and launch of an industry first Voice over Frame Relay Switch. At Ascom Timeplex he was Director of European LAN Operations and drove Ascom's entry new Ethernet based service offerings. As Director of Product & Service Marketing he was part of the team responsible for the overhaul of Timeplex's Managed Services offering. At Computer Network Technology Anderton served as Director of Marketing Operations and helped the company move into a new Storage Area Networking market. In conjunction with Iron Mountain he created a joint venture business to offer the first high capacity high speed remote data backup service, generating over $100M revenue in 2 years.

At Expand Networks he served as Director Business Development developing products for the new bandwidth management market space and was responsible for evangelizing the new market and developing strategic relationships with OEM partners. In 2001 he co-founded FAE Telecom a startup network consultancy focused on mission critical network infrastructures in the utility and government markets, working with non US based companies to bring new innovative technologies to the US utility and government market spaces. At Tempest Telecom Solutions Anderton co-founded and was CMO for the new Engineered Solution Division, built on the 2011 acquisition of Bayly Communication by Tempest. Anderton was part of the executive team that created a new manufacturing arm of Tempest, building the D/I Mux III multiplexor.

He received a BSc. Degree in Electrical Engineering and Business Studies from Leeds University in England.

 

Darrell Furlong, Vice President Engineering

Darrell Furlong has over 20 years of engineering management experience in telecommunications and data networking industries. Darrell is co-founder of ElectricRoute, a power engineering startup that was awarded a GE Ecomagination Innovation Award for its work in electric utility substation networking. Prior to forming ElectricRoute and joining Amperion Darrell was the President, CTO and co-founder of Sagamore Systems from 2003 to 2009 where he oversaw all product development activities and business development of an automated copper cross connect switch for the telecom carrier market.

Prior to Sagamore, Darrell was vice president of research and development and chief technology officer for VINA Technologies from 2001 to 2003, providing networking infrastructure equipment to leading telecommunications service suppliers. From 1997 to 2001 he was at Metrobility Optical Systems as senior vice president of research and development and chief technology officer where he led the initiative for the Ethernet optical access products. Prior to that Darrell was at Bay Networks/Wellfleet where he served as director of router platform development incorporating and integrating the networking technology of many companies into various system solutions for the emerging internet industry.

Darrell holds several patents and participates in various standard bodies and multiple technology forums. He received his Bachelor of Science summa cum laude in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston Massachusetts.

 

Dirk van Ouwerkirk, Senior Advisor Utility Markets and Strategic Alliances

Dirk van Ouwerkerk is a strategic advisor to the utility industry and a project developer in the microgrid investment space. In his more than 12 years as a board room level consultant with the Monitor Group (in their Amsterdam and Chicago offices) and Corporate Value Associates (in their Berlin and Paris offices), Dirk gathered a deep expertise in the various stages of the electric power value chain. His work with large American and European utility companies focused primarily on adapting their business models to new developments in the industry, from deregulation in natural gas transportation and restructuring of power marketing and trading divisions to the development of new technology innovation areas and the support of the subsequent M&A activities.

With the growth of renewables in Europe, Dirk became a specialist in the grid integration of renewables, most notably in Germany, where he was market director for CVA. In this role, he also expanded his knowledge in the field of distribution automation, an area which holds many benefits for renewables, distributed generation, and demand-side resources. Dirk's emphasis has always been on developing these new business fields within the existing grid infrastructure and where possible, while limiting the role of government incentives to carefully laid out temporary acceleration goals. His work for equipment makers and financial investors led him to the conviction that many of the new technologies require new commercial models to thrive.

This insight helped bring about his decision to start an independent advisory company in 2010, which concentrates on an investment category Dirk calls Market-Based Cleantech. New technologies in the electric power industry can contribute to cheaper, more reliable, and cleaner generation, distribution, and consumption, without the need for new subsidies; but only if financial investors are properly instructed in the intricacies and risk profiles of a very complex industry.

When Dirk moved back to the United States in 2012, his business activities evolved toward distribution automation, energy efficiency, and microgrids. Dirk actively supports a number of investment funds, several technology start-ups, and is an associate in a microgrid project development venture. In his advisory role at Amperion, Dirk concentrates on value chain integration.

 

Andres Carvallo, Senior Advisor Smart Grid and Utility Industry

Andres Carvallo is an award winning engineer, speaker, author, and executive. Andres is globally recognized by the IEEE as one of the early developers of the smart grid concept and technology. At Austin Energy Andres championed the industry leading smart grid program design and implementation from 2003 to 2010 and he architected the Pecan Street Project in 2009. Andres co-authored the best selling book The Advanced Smart Grid, has received 34 industry awards since 2005, and is a popular speaker and guest lecturer on Smart Grid, Smart Energy, Smart Cities, Smart Enterprise, Smart Communications, Smart Data Centers, Green IT, and Running IT as a Business.

Andres is currently the Executive Vice President of Energy Solutions and Chief Strategy Officer at Proximetry, which is a leading comprehensive network and device management software platform focus on the Energy, Telecommunications, and Transportation markets.

Andres has over 27 years of experience in the Energy, Telecommunications, Computer and Software industries. Andres has held since 1992 P&L responsibilities and senior executive titles while being responsible for the strategy, development, and commercialization of over 40 products at six start-ups and leading global companies like Philips Electronics, Digital Equipment, and Borland. Furthermore, Andres started his career as a Windows product manager at Microsoft.

As chief technologist reporting to the CEO and a member of the Austin Energy Innovation & Opportunity Development Executive Board from 2003 to 2010, Andres co-led the investments in many green generation facilities, smart grid infrastructure, and corporate systems; while leading a well-known and successful technology and process transformation company-wide.

As an executive sponsor and the chief architect of the Austin Energy smart grid program from 2003 to 2010, Andres has a unique prospective on the strategies, requirements, use cases, business cases, project management, architectures, best practices, technologies, security and products that work.

 

Gene Zimon, Senior Advisor Utility Markets and Business Development

Gene Zimon retired from NSTAR in July 2009 after a career of 35 years in information technology. He was SVP and CIO of NSTAR since 2001. Prior to NSTAR Gene was VP of IT at Boston Gas, VP of business development at Oracle, and held senior IT positions at Wang Laboratories, and the US Department of Labor.

He established a national reputation for his innovative uses of technology and IT management practices receiving several prestigious awards for his contributions including the ULTRA award from Public Utilities Fortnightly and the McGraw-Hill award for IT excellence. He is a frequent contributor to IT publications, advisory board member of IT associations and speaker and panelist at industry conferences.

Gene is also a limited partner in several private equity funds and an angel investor focusing on early stage companies engaged in the fields of IT, green technology, and medical technology.

He is the founder and president of Edge Advisors, a consultancy that assists startup companies and entrepreneurs market and introduce their products.

Gene has a BA in Economics from Tufts University and an MA in Economics from Boston University.