President and Chief Executive Officer
Suvi, an industry thought leader in solar PV innovation, is responsible for overseeing the growth of Solaria and leading its strategic expansion as it extends the applications of its technology. Suvi joined Solaria in 2003 and recruited a world-class management team, developed partnerships with industry-leading solar companies and raised close to $200 million from strategic financial investors. Suvi is a seasoned entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in company formation, fundraising, talent recruitment, business development and global operations of innovative companies in renewable energy, information technology and private equity. He started his career as an Associate at the venture capital firm, Geocapital Partners, a $500 million international private equity firm, founded and ran IVUS, an outsourced CRM provider and was co-founder and board member of NEXTracker until its acquisition by FLEX. Prior to his life in technology, Suvi worked in rural development in India, with an emphasis on political development. He founded COMPASS, a volunteer organization that trains college students to teach in inner-city schools. Suvi holds a B.S. in Statistics from Northwestern University.
Chief Operating Officer
Kevin led the research and development behind Solaria’s current technology platform leading to the innovation of Solaria’s commercial products. With more than 25 years of experience as a product and equipment innovator and 12 years of direct experience in developing photovoltaic technologies, he is responsible for keeping Solaria at the forefront of technical achievement. Kevin leads the technical and engineering teams in further developing Solaria’s core technology, product line and automated manufacturing processes. Kevin uses his extensive work in the semiconductor, automation, and automotive industries to yield high performance, high volume, and low cost solar cells and modules that significantly lower the cost of solar photovoltaic energy. Before joining Solaria, Kevin was Director of Global Operations for a division of Emerson Electric, a multibillion-dollar industrial and consumer products company. Kevin currently holds 16 U.S. patents and has an additional 45 international patents, all related to solar module technology and production equipment. Kevin holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Western Ontario as well as MBA degrees from both Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium and Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
Chief Financial Officer
Bob is responsible for the financial leadership of the company. He is a 12-year veteran of energy efficiency and clean tech, four years of which have been in solar. Bob brings more than 25 years of senior finance and administration executive experience from large multi-billion dollar manufacturing companies, such as Flextronics, as well as small to mid-size, privately held and venture-backed companies. Bob has led companies through venture equity and debt financings while creating cost-effective accounting, human resources, information technology, risk management and facilities functions that have helped companies scale and grow, including Metcal, Electronic Lighting, All Covered, NHT, UltraCell, Solaria and NEXTracker. Bob holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University and is a non-practicing CPA.
Vice President, Sales
Dru is responsible for defining and executing the strategic proliferation of Solaria's residential and commercial rooftop solutions. He is committed to raising the global awareness of the value of high performance, high density solar panels that produce more power than conventional models. Dru started his career in the semiconductor industry before joining the solar revolution in 2005. He has vast experience in many facets of the solar industry including power electronics, battery storage, solar modules, and EPC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction). Prior to Solaria, Dru held management positions in engineering, applications, marketing and sales at several international companies involved with Solar Installation, Module Manufacturing, Distributed Module Electronics and Inverter Products including REC Solar, Q-Cells and Delta Products. Most recently, Dru was the North American technical marketing manager with SolarEdge, managing products, applications, customer training, and code compliance. Dru installed a grid-tied solar electric system on his California home in 1998 and holds a B.S degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Davis.
Vice President, Marketing
Stri brings more than 15 years of solar industry marketing experience to Solaria, overseeing brand development, demand generation, customer experience, and strategic messaging. Stri returned to Solaria after a stint as VP of Marketing at Quick Mount PV where she was responsible for all aspects of marketing, communications, and events. Before Solaria and Quick Mount PV, Stri served as VP Marketing for FRV, a global solar independent power producer which was sold to Sun Edison. Stri also served as VP Marketing at PowerLight where she helped transform the company from niche solar player to major commercial success, leading to an acquisition by SunPower. Earlier in her career, Stri held marketing roles at iconic brands Apple and Jacuzzi. At Jacuzzi, she led brand management, creative services, and demand generation, and at Apple led product marketing and communications for the education and consumer markets. Stri also has agency experience from positions at Euro RSCG and Chiat/Day. Stri holds a B.A. in International Relations and a B.A. in French from the University of California, Berkeley.
Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain
Jusong joined Solaria in 2010 and currently leads the product development and engineering of Solaria’s PV-Agriculture solutions, bringing expertise in business development, supply chain strategy, marketing and sales, and partnership negotiation. With 12 years of experience as an engineer, Jusong is responsible for expanding the reach of Solaria’s trusted technology into agriculture and greenhouses. Jusong has led Solaria’s collaboration with world-renowned research organizations including NREL, Sandia National Lab, ISE-Fraunhofer and ESTI. Prior to Solaria, he worked for Silicon Genesis, Inc., a c-Si wafer engineering company. There he focused on PV application and cell development, and qualifying its proprietary c-Si wafers for PV cell application. Jusong also collaborated with the University Center of Excellence for Photovoltaics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Jusong holds a B.S. degree from Tsinghua University, M.S. and Ph.D. degree from University of Notre Dame, both in Electrical Engineering.
Vice President, Human Resources
Melissa Zucker has over twenty years of experience in the solar industry, developing and implementing successful global staffing and strategic human resources plans for companies that have produced and installed more than a gigawatt of solar power. Prior to re-joining Solaria, Ms. Zucker was Executive Vice President of People and Workplace at Renew Financial and has held leadership positions at NEXTracker, SunPower, and PowerLight. She is certified Senior Professional in Human Resources.
Senior Vice President, Engineering
Nadeem has spent more than 20 years in the technology industry working directly with customers, partners and vendors across multiple geographies. He has extensive engineering experience in developing new solar technology, designing and installing on-grid solar and hybrid solar storage systems and bringing products from concept to large-scale production. Nadeem helped to create Solaria’s core technology and is currently responsible for all engineering activities. Nadeem also leads design, innovation and deployment of solar products and solutions for energy efficient and net zero energy buildings. Prior to his work in the solar industry, Nadeem led cutting edge work in the semiconductor industry, leading the design and delivery of state of the art microelectronic products at LSI Logic, approaching $1 billion in annual revenue. In addition he founded Energy Potential, a company focused on market development and deployment of solar systems in developing countries. Nadeem holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from N.E.D. University of Engineering and Technology in Karachi, Pakistan.
Vice President, Product Management
Adam, an expert in product development and manufacturing, brings more than 15 years of experience in the PV industry to his work at Solaria. Adam joined Solaria in 2012 and currently manages all aspects of operations, product development and new product introduction for Solaria’s High Efficiency Module technology. He is responsible for driving the proliferation of Solaria’s trusted technology for rooftops and utilities and is committed to furthering the excellence of Solaria’s manufacturing automation operations. Adam began his career as an engineer at PowerLight, a PV systems company that was later acquired by SunPower Corporation (SPWR), focusing on PV module technology and balance-of-systems component design. At SunPower he led the module design group through the design, development and commercialization of the 128-cell, 400+ Wp module. He also managed the Module, New Product Introduction team, developing and overseeing process and equipment development for new module products. Adam holds a B.S. in Physics from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Vice President, Manufacturing Operations
For more than 30 years, Ramon has developed, deployed and overseen manufacturing processes, equipment engineering, supply chain logistics, production, quality and reliability practices in the solar and semiconductor industries. At Solaria, Ramon established a new, automated, high volume solar manufacturing process, which strengthened Solaria’s industry presence with an unprecedented improvement in quality coupled with dramatic decrease in costs. With this in place, Solaria enabled its large partners to provide their trusted products as powered-by-Solaria branded solutions. Ramon continues to manage day-to-day operations and develop strategic plans to support Solaria’s growth and the proliferation of its technology across its key segments, in collaboration with global partners. Most recently, Ramon managed solar module and inverter testing operations at DNV GL, PVEL, deepening his experience in solar module design, manufacturing and commercial certifications. Prior to that he was Program Manager for eSilicon, where he owned the full product lifecycle from design to execution of successful NPIs for clients such as Google, Cisco, Ciena, Exar, Emulex, Infinera, Movidius, Octasic, SolarFlare Communications and Tektronix. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Central Colleges of the Philippines.
Theodore T. Herhold
Ted is responsible for overseeing all legal affairs of Solaria, including intellectual property, litigation and licensing. Before joining Solaria in 2016, he was an intellectual property litigator in Silicon Valley where he served as lead counsel on patent infringement and other IP matters for national and international clients such as Apple, Adobe, Oracle, Zoom, Visa, Cisco, Sony, Upwork, LeapFrog, Zappos, Epistar, and numerous other technology and life sciences companies. He has substantial trial experience in both federal and state courts throughout the country, and has litigated cases involving a wide range of technologies including solar energy, computer hardware and software, telecommunications, semiconductors, photolithography, medical devices, and other electrical, mechanical and biotechnology patents. Ted was a long-time litigation partner at one of the country’s leading intellectual property firms, Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP (now Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton), where he served as the firm’s Litigation Chairman. After leaving Townsend in 2012, he became General Counsel for the Sacramento Capitals, a professional sports franchise of the World Team Tennis league started by Billie Jean King. Ted obtained his B.A. with Honors from Stanford University in 1981 and his J.D. in 1986 from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he was an Editor for the Hastings Journal of Communications & Entertainment Law. He is licensed to practice law in California and Hawaii.