Meet our Board
Our board of directors includes some of the world’s most knowledgeable and successful leaders in business, automotive, technology and investing. Their expertise guides the future of mobility.
Senior Advisor, Permira Funds
As the CEO of Adobe Systems, Inc., Bruce Chizen focused on the customer to transform Adobe into one of the world’s largest and most diversified software companies. As CEO, Bruce tripled Adobe's revenue and turned a company known for design products into a significant force in software. Prior to becoming CEO, he was Adobe’s executive vice president of worldwide products and marketing as well as vice president and general manager of both the professional graphics division and Adobe's consumer division. Before joining Adobe, Bruce worked for Claris Corporation (a subsidiary of Apple Computer), Microsoft and Mattel Electronics. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and currently serves as executive chairman at Informatica Corp, venture partner at Voyager Capital and on the boards of Oracle, Synopsys, Ancestry.com and a number of non-profits.
CEO of the Siemens Energy Management Division
Ralf Christian has more than 28 years of experience in various roles at Siemens, an international leader in electronics. Prior to taking on his current role as CEO of the Energy Management Division, Ralf served as CEO in several other business units at Siemens, including Low and Medium Voltage Distribution, High Voltage Transmission and Smart Power Distribution, and was previously general manager of several other departments. He received a Master of Science and Business Administration from the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.
Head of CASE/EVA, Daimler AG
Axel Harries has been working in engineering and management roles at Daimler AG for more than 20 years. Currently, he leads the Connected, Autonomous, Shared & Services and Electric Drive (CASE) unit, which is responsible for all-electric vehicle architecture (EVA). Previously, Axel led the restructured Quality Management unit for Mercedes-Benz cars, which involved bringing all relevant quality functions together and assigning them to the restructured unit. He has also held roles in the Commercial Vehicles, Corporate e-Business and Off-Road Vehicles divisions of Daimler AG. Axel studied product engineering with finance and management accounting at Furtwangen University, Germany.
Venture Partner, Quantum Energy Partners
Jeffrey Harris has more than 35 years of experience investing in and working with companies in the software, consumer/industrial, telecommunications and energy industries. Within energy, he has worked extensively advising companies involved in exploration and production, oilfield services, power generation, and clean tech. Before affiliating with Quantum Energy Partners in 2012, he spent 29 years at Warburg Pincus. Jeffrey has served on the Board of Directors of more than forty companies including thirteen publicly-listed corporations. Today, Jeffrey is a member of the Board of Trustees of New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the Cranbrook Educational Community, and Friends of The High Line in New York. From 2005 through 2017, he was an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business. In 2001, Jeffrey became the Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association where he had been a Board member for six years. Jeffrey received a BS in economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Managing Partner, Rho Capital Partners and Rho Ventures
Mark Leschly has spent more than 15 years in the private equity and venture capital business investing in information technology, energy, healthcare and media companies. As a Managing Partner at Rho Capital Partners and Rho Ventures, which has a multi-stage investing strategy focused on high-growth companies in large markets, he has founded and financed numerous emerging private companies. Previously, Mark had several years of management consulting experience at McKinsey & Company. He received an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a BA from Harvard University.
Managing Director, Linse Capital
Michael Linse is the founder and Managing Director of Linse Capital, a firm that invests in late-stage technology companies in transportation. Prior to founding Linse Capital, Michael spent seven years as a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), where he invested in sustainable growth businesses like ChargePoint, Proterra, uShip, Telogis, INRIX, Friedola, HYLA and Redaptive. Before joining KPCB, Michael worked at Goldman Sachs for more than a decade, most recently as the Managing Director of the alternative energy investing team. He earned a BA in economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Co-Founder, ChargePoint, Inc.
Richard Lowenthal co-founded ChargePoint in 2007 and served as the company’s Chief Technology Officer. Prior to founding ChargePoint, he was instrumental in starting several technology companies, including Lightera, Pipal Systems and Procket Networks. Previously, Richard held executive roles at Cisco, StrataCom, Stardent Computers and Convergent Technologies. He is a former Mayor of Cupertino, California, and continues to be heavily involved in the nonprofit world. Richard holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from UC Berkeley.
President and Chief Executive Officer, ChargePoint, Inc.
Pasquale Romano is President and CEO of ChargePoint and a member of the company’s board of directors. Pasquale brings more than 25 years of technology industry leadership and executive management experience to the company. He co-founded the networking company 2Wire, which was acquired by Pace plc. Previously, Pasquale held multiple positions in marketing and engineering at Polycom. Prior to that, he co-founded Fluent, Inc., a digital video networking company, where he served as chief architect until the company was sold to Novell Corporation. Pasquale received an undergraduate degree in computer science from Harvard University and MS from MIT.
Neil S. Suslak
Managing Partner, Braemar Energy Ventures
Neil S. Suslak is a co-founder and Managing Partner of Braemar Energy Ventures, a venture capital firm making technology investments in the alternative and conventional energy markets. Prior to co-founding Braemar, Neil worked at S.G. Warburg and Co. and Swiss Bank Corporation (now UBS) in the corporate finance area and was in charge of the bank's equity capital markets business in North America. During his career, he completed numerous financing and advisory assignments for clients in the energy, communications and transportation sectors. Neil holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA from The University of Rochester. He is a member of the New York Venture Capital Association (NYVCA), North American Advisory Board of The Cleantech Organization, New York City Investment Fund Cleantech Sector and Venture Capital Advisory Panel for the Governor’s Task Force on Diversifying the N.Y. State Economy; serves on the board of the Henry Street Settlement and several Braemar portfolio companies, including Enerkem, Fractal Systems, Sefaira and Ioxus; and is an observer to the boards of Utility Associates, Fulham and Powervation.
Executive Vice President Sales, Bloom Energy
Bill Thayer joined Bloom Energy as the vice president of sales. Prior to Bloom, Bill spent 13 years at American Power Conversion (APC) in a number of senior leadership, management and sales roles. Bill began his career at APC by creating the federal government sales organization and establishing APC as the market leader in that segment. He was promoted to the vice president and general manager of the Asia Pacific region, where he grew APC from a small team of ten people to the dominant power protection vendor in the region. Bill then took over as the vice president of APC North America, where he was responsible for more than $1 billion in revenue. Bill graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in general engineering and spent ten years as a surface warfare officer, serving aboard destroyers and cruisers in the Pacific Fleet, before being assigned to the Naval War College. He holds an MBA from the University of Rhode Island.
Former Chairman and CEO at General Motors
G. Richard (Rick) Wagoner, Jr., built a 30-year career at GM, where he served as Chairman and CEO for several years, before which he was President and CEO. He held many other senior leadership positions at GM, including President and Chief Operating Officer, President of North American Operations, Chief Financial Officer and head of worldwide purchasing, President of General Motors do Brasil and CFO of GM Europe. Rick’s current business activities include serving on the board of directors for Graham Holdings, Invesco and Aleris Corporation. He was formerly Chairman of Dematic Holdings and a director of Rivian Auto, General Motors, GMAC and Hughes Electronics. Rick currently serves as an advisor to Jefferies, AEA Investors, Riverwood Holdings, WePredict, XL Hybrids and a number of startups and early stage companies, and he is an honorary member of the Mayor of Shanghai’s International Business Leaders Advisory Council. Rick serves on the boards of Virginia Commonwealth University, the Duke University Health System, the Duke Kunshan University Advisory Board and the Leapfrog Group. He is a Trustee Emeritus of Duke University, where he served as Chair, and an Honorary Director of Catalyst. Rick received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.