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Kiwi Power Adds Key Leadership Talent to Support its Pivot to a Software Licensing Model

February 2, 2021

In 2020, Kiwi Power transitioned into an energy technology company, licensing its award winning technology – Kiwi Core – to all energy players. Kiwi Core is a true mixed-asset distributed energy platform that enables clients of all sizes, in any market, to join the flexibility markets with confidence. The company allows everyone to positively impact the global energy transition, not just the big players. 

Last year, Kiwi Power launched in North America with ENGIE as its first software client and expanded its software customer list in Europe. In the UK, its headquarters, Kiwi Core technology is now the engine powering a first of its kind collaboration between four of the six major UK distributed network operators under the brand Flexible Power. Since the addition of Kiwi Power’s new CEO Jay Zoellner in September 2019, Kiwi Power management has turned decidedly toward the future. 

Meet the most talented flexible energy management team in the industry!

JAN YDENS, Global Head of Product

Jan joined Kiwi Power to help scale its unique cloud based energy flexibility platform. He has more than 25 years of experience as a technology executive in enterprise software for the energy space. Thirteen of those years were with ABB’s Enterprise Software Product Group. Jan’s expertise is ideally matched for the pivot Kiwi Power is making since he also brings experience from corporate leadership roles in Sales & Marketing, Presales, Consulting, Development Management, Product Management and General Management. He has a Master’s in Computer Science, completed the MIT Executive Education in AI for Business Strategy, and holds a number of patents in the AI space.

AMY WILSON, Head of Marketing & Communications

Kiwi Power’s vision includes making an impact on global sustainability. Amy’s 14 years of strategic marketing experience includes marketing leadership roles at The Carbon Trust, Builtvisible and Sift Digital. Kiwi Power enables any customer to “lean-in” to the flexible energy market and Amy leads the company’s marketing and press initiatives for the company’s vision and mission. She brings fresh energy, insights and methods to product marketing for the Kiwi Core platform, creative content creation, and the company’s brand and website. Kiwi Power extracts the value in flexible energy markets for its client.Through expert messaging and content, Amy helps clients and partners understand how the company helps them.

MARK DUKE, Finance Director

A seasoned finance director, Mark joined Kiwi Power to prepare the company’s financial and administrative systems for the scale associated with a software licensing business. Mark’s 30 years experience working at global companies in the technology and professional services sectors and his recent energy technology company IPO experience on the Australian Stock Exchange as CFO is a valuable addition to the leadership team. Kiwi Power is growing and Mark’s expertise will help ensure the company has the proper resources to meet client needs effectively.

ADAM GILBEY, Global Head of Sales

Kiwi Power’s pivot to selling licenses for its disruptive flexible energy platform, Kiwi Core, attracted Adam’s 20+ years of software sales experience to the team. His strong experience selling software licenses to an abundance of business sectors is a seamless fit. Kiwi Core technology is globally distributed in all sectors including, but not limited to, utility, water, food, industrial and commercial sectors for flexible energy purposes. Previous roles includeVice President of Sales for Northern EMEA at Qlik Technologies and other sales organizations across the UK, Benelux and Nordics.  

LEANNE WALSHAM, Head of Talent & Business Management

Leanne has been a leader for several years at Kiwi Power and her expertise clearly merited an empowered role on the management team. She leads core business functions, including talent management, health & safety, quality management, corporate social responsibility, security and compliance. She helps recruit virtually all new team members that are now guiding Kiwi Power through this business model pivot, and helps Kiwi Power’s leaders continue to motivate and retain top quality talent.

GAVIN SALLERY, Chief Technology Officer

Gavin has led Kiwi Power’s technology transformation for the past 4 years, taking it from a localised means of DSR aggregation implementation into a globally capable flexible energy platform. His 25 years of technology experience continues to lead Kiwi Power’s in-house technology development, expanding on Kiwi Power’s award-winning hardware and software portfolio.

The new team has made Kiwi Power’s transition to an energy technology company a successful one. Kiwi Power has received abundant interest from clients globally and was awarded the Grid Edge Award for 2020 by S&P Global Platts. As the company kicks off 2021, the leadership team is in full gear to deploy the Kiwi Core platform, enabling customer participation and confidence in the new energy world.

To find out more about Kiwi Power’s shift towards a software licensing model click here.