Amonix, KPCB, Reveal Succession Plan

California-based solar power energy company Amonix Inc. and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers announced that Jan van Dokkum will be the company’s interim CEO, following the unexpected and tragic passing of CEO Brian Robertson, who passed away in late 2011 as a result of an aircraft crash.

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SEAL BEACH, Calif., Jan 12, 2012 — Amonix Inc., the leading designer and manufacturer of utility-scale concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar power systems, and lead investor Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) announced their interim management plan in succession with the tragic passing of Amonix CEO Brian Robertson. Robertson was a solar pioneer with significant expertise in the solar industry. He joined Amonix in late 2009 with the acquisition of Sunworks Solar LLC, where he was co-founder and CEO (2008-2009). Prior to that, he co-founded Sun Edison LLC. Under his leadership at Amonix, the company grew its installed market share and is well-positioned for ongoing success. His strong legacy will continue to be honored by Amonix and those he touched.
Energy expert and partner at KPCB, Jan van Dokkum, has been named interim CEO for Amonix. Van Dokkum brings a wealth of power experience. Prior to joining KPCB, he was with UTC Power, a division of United Technologies, for seven years. There, he was involved in the development of the company’s on-site power generation products and services, including stationary fuel cells, renewable power solutions, and combined cooling, heating and power applications for commercial buildings. Before joining UTC Power, van Dokkum served as president and CEO of Siemens Power Transmission & Distribution.
“The passing of Brian Robertson is an unthinkable tragedy, and it is my goal to succeed him and provide strong leadership and direction for the Amonix team,” said van Dokkum. “I am committed to continuing Amonix’ success in offering the world’s most efficient CPV systems for utility-scale installations domestically and internationally.”
The Board of Directors at Amonix has enlisted an executive search firm and has established a search committee for the selection and appointment of a new CEO.
About Amonix
Amonix is the recognized leader in designing and manufacturing concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) solar power systems that require no water in power production, use land better, and produce more energy per acre than any other solar technology. With the longest track record of real-world CPV deployments in the industry, Amonix is proven to be the best choice for solar power systems in sunny and dry climates. Amonix is headquartered with a manufacturing facility in Seal Beach, California. For more information, visit http://www.amonix.com and visit the Amonix blog at http://www.amonix.com/blog .