Alevo’s board and management team is composed of highly experienced entrepreneurs and professionals.
A renowned global visionary in manufacturing and information technologies, Jostein Eikeland is the founder and leader of the Alevo team. Widely credited with developing the first “cloud” concepts and implementation, Eikeland co-founded Telecomputing AS in 1997, which led to a public offering on the Oslo Exchange in 2000. In 2006, he orchestrated a leveraged buyout of Meridian Technologies, a supplier of automotive magnesium die-casting components and assemblies. Under his leadership, Meridian became the largest manufacturer of its kind. Eikeland is a Belfer Center Council Member at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
A seasoned executive credited with transforming a key global marketplace, Vladislav Baumgertner serves as CEO for Alevo. With more than 20 years of experience leading the positioning and capitalization of large-scale operations in multiple industries, Baumgertner most recently served as CEO of Global Ports, a joint venture between AP Moeller Maersk and NTrans. Previously, his leadership as CEO led Uralkali to become the world’s largest producer of potash fertilizer and an IPO on the London Stock Exchange. Baumgertner holds multiple advanced degrees in engineering and finance in addition to an MBA from Kingston Business School.
An international business executive and start-up specialist with nearly 30 years in leadership roles, Dybwad brings vast experience in energy distribution and storage, environmental technology, materials science, financial services and consumer goods. As senior director of business development at Maxwell Tech. SA, Dybwad led the Swiss company’s high voltage operations, including expansion to China. As CEO and Director of Dentware Scandinavia, Dybwad continued his long association with specialty metals. A former Lieutenant in the Royal Norwegian Navy, he holds an MBA with Honors, from the International Institute for Management Development.
Among the world’s most respected advisors in the sectors of both energy and presidential transitions, Harrison Wellford plays a hands-on role at Alevo in governance and finance. The Chairman of the Wellford Energy Group has spent more than 25 years advancing alternative energy deployment, including board and investor positions with numerous organizations including the Intercontinental Energy Corporation, General Nutrition, Summit Power Group, and Sithe Energies Inc. Additionally, he served as Chairman of the Latham & Watkins energy and international practice groups and guided the firm’s expansion abroad.
A career journalist who rose to hold myriad board positions with companies across the globe, Eric Cameron brings vast media and business savvy to the Alevo board. His posts have included executive editorship of Dagens Næringsliv, Norway’s leading business publication, executive director Hafslund Nycomed, a research-driven pharmaceutical company, as well as founder of Gambit Hill & Knowlton, which remains Norway’s largest media consulting firm. His numerous major transactions include leadership in the purchase of Nordea Bank and Danske Bank’s purchase of Fokus Bank.
With more than 18 years of expertise as CFO and Board member in large industrial companies, Kuzma Marchuk brings Alevo an in-depth vision of international debt capital and equity markets, advanced controlling, information and ERP systems. In 1998 Mr. Marchuk joined Protek Group, a large Russian pharmaceutical company. He then moved to Uralkali where he brought a successful IPO on the London Stock Exchange and led the sale of the company’s strategic stake to a group of investors. As CFO of SUEK, he played a key role in restructuring the company’s budgeting, accounting and controls systems, as well as investments and HR management.
A senior financial executive in significant pharmaceutical and biotech projects, Mikhail Sazonov brings a breadth of financial experience to the Alevo Board. As a CIO of a family office in Switzerland for the past 20 years, he has been managing a major portfolio of investments including in both the public and private sectors that include private equity, hedge funds and real estate holdings. A much sought-after advisor, Mr. Sazonov holds an MBA with honors from INSEAD.
As co-founder of the Swiss/German company that developed many of the core scientific and technological breakthroughs that give the inorganic Alevo batteries their unprecedented life, durability and safety features, Alan Greenshields is responsible for Alevo’s strategy for technology development. A long-time passionate advocate for greening industry, he brings nearly 30 years of experience in technology and general management, both in corporate and entrepreneurial environments — from electronics through automotive components to batteries. He holds an MBA with high distinction (Baker Scholar) from the Harvard Business School.
Uniquely adept at understanding the science of cutting-edge battery technology — as well as evaluating future revenue models and designing sales strategies — Christopher Christiansen is responsible for co-authoring the master plan for the company’s entry into the global marketplace. Personally overseeing the deployment of more than 200 megawatts of Alevo storage projects planned for the next year, he is also a frequent company spokesperson, including testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce in Washington, DC. He holds a BA in Business Administration, Cum Laude, from Northwood University in Florida.
Dr. Randell Johnson, P.E. holds degrees in engineering, quantitative finance and corporate finance. He has built an unprecedented resume in his 20-year career — with more than $35 billion of energy infrastructure projects across 70 countries in his engagement portfolio. Utilizing Alevo Analytics’ exclusive, best-in-class computing technologies, Dr. Johnson advises regulators, utilities, generators, equipment manufacturers, as well as governments, investment banks and industrial developers to help them comprehend the full value proposition made possible by energy storage. Degrees: PhD, MEng, MSMTF, UCF, BS, PE
With a quarter century of international experience in the oil and gas industries, including banking, investing and IPO processes, Peter Heintzelman directs financial operations worldwide for Alevo Group SA. Most recently serving as CFO and group board member at T5 Oil & Gas in London, CFO at Atlantic Energy and head of Oil & Gas for Standard Bank, which brought him to London, Africa and the Middle East. He has also held finance and management roles at Halliburton, Enron and Constellation, a Goldman Sachs JV. Heintzelman holds an MBA with honors from Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management.
An international expert in branding and sales strategies with an abiding passion for human health and the environment, Scott Schotter leads the overall marketing and public relations efforts for the entire Alevo team. With additional responsibilities for the organization’s sustainability initiatives, he carefully crafts and promotes the company’s triple bottom-line mission of serving people, honoring the planet and creating profit for re-investment. Schotter has served previously as CMO at Virtual Works and President of GP Networks, as well as the boards of numerous organizations including the WorldWatch Institute and the SafeLawns Foundation.
An internationally respected corporate attorney and published legal scholar with more than two decades of experience, Markus Alder oversees all legal affairs worldwide for the Alevo Group. A long-time partner at the Swiss firm Thouvenin Rechtsanwalte, Alder has specialized in mergers and acquisitions in addition to venture capital and corporate restructuring. A keen purchase and sale negotiator, he is also considered a leading expert in matters of employment law and human resources. Alder holds Masters law degrees in both banking and finance from Boston University in addition to a Masters in law from the University of Bern in Switzerland.