Today, Sopogy takes its next step forward as a global technology manufacturer with the introduction of a new President and Chief Operating Officer.
I started Sopogy in 2002 as an idea and watched the business advance through the contributions of our amazingly innovative staff (past and present). This talented group has helped Sopogy grow, change, and grow again in a decade of tremendous global adversity including the recession, political uncertainty, cleantech bubble bust, and Japan earthquake/tsunami.
For me, it has been the greatest professional honor to serve our shareholders as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President. As I leave these roles the Board of Directors has requested that I serve in the capacity of Chief Global Strategist and Chief Marketing Officer reporting to the Board. While no longer leading the direction of the company, I am excited to take this role as it should operationally enable a continuity in Sopogy’s most important strategic initiatives, continued development of the brand and provide for shareholder advocacy.
In my new role, I will focus on helping the new leadership from SunEdison to learn and operate the company. I plan to support Sopogy’s development of the 360 megawatts under development in Thailand, 105 megawatts in the Philippines and our opportunities in Japan with Anheuser Busch, Chevron, Hitachi and Toshiba as these projects enable Sopogy’s incredible growth and future.
Thank you all for your incredible support over the past 11 years.
Company Press Release:
Sopogy Strengthens Execution Capabilities
Management changes are focused on rapid commercialization of solar steam and process heat markets.
Belmont, CA. — March 19, 2013 – Sopogy, Inc., a concentrating solar thermal technology company, today announced that it has appointed David Fernandez as its President and Chief Operating Officer to strengthen its execution capabilities. Furthermore, the company has appointed Darren T. Kimura as Chief Global Strategist and Chief Marketing Officer.
David Fernandez will assume responsibilities for day to day activities and report to the Board of Directors. Before joining Sopogy, Mr. Fernandez was the Vice President of North American Operations at SunEdison, one of the largest solar companies in the world. Prior to joining SunEdison, he was the Senior VP of Operations for FRV, Inc. (Fotowatio Renewable Ventures), a leading global operator in photovoltaic and thermosolar energy plants. He previously served as COO with GES USA (Global Energy Services) where he worked on wind and solar renewable energy projects. Mr. Fernandez has an MBA from Instituto de Empresa, a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University and a BA from Western Michigan University also in Aeronautical Engineering.
“We are very pleased to have Mr. Fernandez join Sopogy as President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Fernandez will strengthen Sopogy’s core business. It is important that we take that step forward to achieve the great potential in our business,” said Taro Inaba, member of the Board of Directors.
“Sopogy has an exciting technology platform and I’m honored to join the team. My strong background in engineering and operations will help improve our products and the customer experience,” said David Fernandez.
Mr. Kimura, Sopogy’s founder and previously Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President, will now be responsible for the company’s domestic and international expansion and will oversee marketing efforts.
“Darren is a world class entrepreneur. His success in raising capital, building teams and leading the company in its growth is second to none. Sopogy now needs Darren to lead us in global marketing. This role takes advantage of his skills and creates value for all shareholders. I’m confident he will take us to new heights,” said Carlos Domenech, member of the Board of Directors.
“At this stage in our growth, serving as the Company’s Chief Global Strategist and Chief Marketing Officer will enable me to develop our brand and drive our sales and commercialization efforts forward,” said Darren T. Kimura.
All appointments are effective immediately.
Sopogy revolutionized solar thermal technology with MicroCSP. Developing modular collectors about one-third the size of a traditional concentrated solar power mirror, Sopogy cut the cost of solar thermal energy to a fraction of the cost. Proprietary storage units stabilize volatile energy production when cloudy and prolong production after sunset. Sopogy’s thermal energy is the fuel for stable, renewable process heat, air conditioning, and power generation. For more information please visit www.sopogy.com.