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VivoPower International PLC

VivoPower International PLC

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VivoPower is a global next generation solar power company that operates a build, transfer and operate (BTO) model to establish an installed solar power asset base in a capital efficient manner. VivoPower does this by aggregating photovoltaic (PV) solar projects underpinned by long term power purchase agreements and then arranges corporate and project financing, engineering design and equipment procurement and manages the construction and development of such solar PV projects for asset owners. VivoPower intends to leverage this asset base to sell distributed generation power, and manage and provide power support services (encompassing operations, maintenance and optimization) and data driven energy services for commercial, industrial and government customers, pursuant to long term contracts with the asset owners so as to maximize the performance and value of their solar assets.

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VivoPower is a global next generation solar power company that operates a build, transfer and operate (BTO) model to establish an installed solar power asset base in a capital efficient manner. VivoPower does this by aggregating photovoltaic (PV) solar projects underpinned by long term power purchase agreements and then arranges corporate and project financing, engineering design and equipment procurement and manages the construction and development of such solar PV projects for asset owners. VivoPower intends to leverage this asset base to sell distributed generation power, and manage and provide power support services (encompassing operations, maintenance and optimization) and data driven energy services for commercial, industrial and government customers, pursuant to long term contracts with the asset owners so as to maximize the performance and value of their solar assets.

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Board and Executive Leadership

Kevin Chin

Non-Executive Chairman

Kevin has extensive experience in “hands on” strategic and operational management having served as CEO, CFO and COO of various companies across a range of industries, including solar energy, software, traffic management, education, funds management and vocational education.

He also has significant international experience in private equity, buyouts of public companies, mergers and acquisitions and capital raisings as well as funds management, accounting, litigation support and valuations.

Kevin is the founder of Arowana & Co. (Ärowana), a diversified investment group with operations across Australia, NZ and South East Asia. Arowana has listed companies on the Australian Stock Exchange and NASDAQ as well as unlisted companies. Arowana International Limited, which is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange is the largest shareholder in VivoPower International PLC (“VivoPower”). Kevin is primarily responsible for delivering annualised returns in excess of 30% to investors across Arowana’s investments since its formation in 2007.

Over his twenty year career, Kevin has held a number of strategic and operational leadership roles and was also previously with Lowy Family Group, J.P. Morgan, Ord Minnett, PWC and Deloitte.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of New South Wales where he was one of the inaugural University Co-Op Scholars with the School of Banking and Finance. He is also a qualified Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of FINSIA, where he was a lecturer in the Masters of Applied Finance programme.

 

Dr. Philip Comberg

Chief Executive Officer – Board Member

Philip brings over twenty years of experience as CEO, board member, investor, investment banker and attorney in Europe, the US and Asia.

In the past ten years, he has taken different roles in the solar industry which most recently include non-executive Chairman of Solarcentury Holdings in London as well as investing in more than 300 MW of solar power assets in the UK. From 2011 to 2014 he was Chairman and CEO of Germany’s foremost solar company Conergy leading its restructuring and sale to Kawa Capital. Prior to that, he served on the board of Chinese NASDAQ listed solar manufacturer Solarfun Power Holdings (now Hanwha QCells).

Previously, Philip co-founded Alcosa Capital, a Frankfurt based special situation investment and advisory firm, in 2004 focusing on investments in the German SME sector, advising companies on M&A, debt and equity transactions as well as operational issues and serving as their board member.

Before, Philip worked as an investment banker at Deutsche Bank and as an M&A lawyer with Freshfield Bruckhaus Deringer in Germany and China.

He studied law and Chinese at the University of Heidelberg and Zhong Shan University in China, subsequently completing his Master’s degree at New York University and a Doctor of Law at the University of Düsseldorf. He speaks English, French, Chinese and German.

Gary Hui

Non-Executive Board Member

Gary has extensive experience in commercial enterprise, spanning the functional disciplines of accounting, mergers and acquisitions, equity capital markets and principal/alternative investments.

Gary is Chief Investment Officer of Arowana International and Fund Manager of Arowana Australasian Value Opportunities Fund.

Prior to this, he was with Indus Capital, a hedge fund founded by former Soros Fund Management Partners. He joined Indus as a senior analyst, before becoming Managing Director and Chief Representative of Indus’ Singapore office. He later transferred to the firm’s San Francisco office, where he had primary coverage responsibilities for multiple industry sectors.

Gary has worked with J.P. Morgan, initially as a mergers and acquisitions banker before moving to Hong Kong as an Equity Capital & Derivative Markets banker. He has also worked at Deloitte in audit, business consulting and corporate finance.

Gary qualified as a Chartered Accountant and completed the Securities Institute of Australia (now FINSIA) program where he placed first nationally in Mergers & Acquisitions. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of New South Wales.

 

Edward Hyams

Non-Executive Board Member

Edward has over forty years’ experience in Power Engineering, Renewables and in Energy Efficiency as an Executive, Private Equity Partner and as a Non-Executive Director.

As a Partner at Englefield Capital, he co-led the Renewable Energy Fund, investing in Solar, Wind and Biomass developments in Europe. He joined Englefield having led the management team which Englefield and another PE firm backed to invest in Zephyr, the first structured financing of a portfolio of renewables assets in the UK.

Prior to Englefield, Edward held senior executive roles as CEO of BizzEnergy, Managing Director of Eastern Group PLC and Director of Engineering at Southern Electric Plc. Edward was a non-executive Director of the UK Energy Saving Trust following the electricity and gas privatizations in the early 1990’s. He re-joined the Trust as Non-Executive Chairman in 2005.

Edward is a Chartered Engineer, graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, London and holds a Diploma in Accounting and Finance from the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants. He has completed executive programs in finance at Harvard Business School and in strategy and organization at Stanford.

 

Peter Sermol

Non-Executive Board Member

Peter has over thirty years experience in institutional finance.

Peter is the co-founder of North Star Solar Ltd, a company focused on installing UK rooftop solar PV and battery storage which developed a model to install renewable technologies without any need for government subsidies.

Prior to this, with his proven track record in trading distressed debt, Peter ran the Toronto office of Amstel Securities, a Dutch regulated brokerage firm for eight years. During this period Peter expanded the office to focus on uncovering and seeding uncorrelated investment opportunities. Taking a sector agnostic view, investments ranged from Latin American NPL’s, financing Canadian property developers, Australian non-conforming loans, US viatical life insurance policies, US non-prime auto loans. During this period he also served as CEO of an online media distribution company.

Previously, Peter has worked with specialist brokerage and advisory firms including Anca Capital Partners and Amstel as well as co-founding his own brokerage firm, Global Markets Ltd trading Asian Convertible Bonds and GDRs.

Peter studied marine electronics at the Merchant Naval College, Greenhithe.

Carl Weatherley-White

Group Director of Finance

Carl brings over twenty-five years of renewable energy transactional experience to VivoPower, with a particular focus on acquisitions, project and corporate finance, private equity and joint ventures.

Previously, he was President of Lightbeam Electric Company, which aggregated a diversified,  international portfolio of renewable energy projects to support an initial public offering. Previously, he was CFO of K Road Power Holdings, a private solar development company and portfolio company of Barclays. At K Road, Carl spearheaded acquisition activities, capital raising and risk management for over 400 MW of PV solar projects developed and divested over 2 years.

Prior to this, Carl was Managing Director and head of project finance at Lehman Brothers and Barclays with global energy infrastructure transaction experience for a wide variety of private equity and strategic clients. He also led renewable energy tax equity investing at Credit Suisse and Lehman Brothers.

Carl graduated with a bachelor of science with honors from Brown University, and a Graduate Fellowship in economics and political science at the University of Cape Town. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst holder.

 

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