Sheryl Savage

General Counsel

I’ve always been drawn to tangible things. I grew up around manufacturing, so this industry has always made sense to me.”

Sheryl Savage
General Counsel

As General Counsel for NEXTracker, Sheryl Savage draws on an extensive background in manufacturing, corporate law and finance to support the company’s global expansion. Sheryl comes to NEXTracker from parent company Flextronics, which she joined shortly after the NEXTracker merger. As Senior Attorney for Flex’s Energy segment, Sheryl supported several solar clients and developed an affinity for renewable energy products manufacturing that serves her well in her role with NEXTracker.

Prior to Flex, Sheryl served as Counsel for Plexus Corp., a publicly traded manufacturer in the defense, security and aerospace industry, where she worked on compliance and regulatory issues and helped establish the company as a primary defense contractor. Before Plexus she served as Associate Counsel for TD Ameritrade, learning the ins and outs of SEC regulations and providing legal counsel and advice to internal business units on contracts and partnerships. Prior to TD Ameritrade she spent six years as Counsel for Training Pro LLC, an education provider for the banking and mortgage industries. She began her legal career with a reinsurance litigation company in Baltimore.

Sheryl earned her J.D. at the University of Baltimore, and her B.A. in Political Science and English from Bucknell University, which she attended on a Title IX softball scholarship. An avid athlete and Ironman competitor, Sheryl is a member of Women in Solar Energy, the Association of Corporate Counsels and the Women’s General Counsel Network.

Sheryl Savage’s NEXTracker Story

Sheryl Savage’s arrival at NEXTracker is a journey that’s come full circle.  The daughter of a father who worked in manufacturing and a mother who was a schoolteacher, Sheryl has always been interested in how things are made.

“I’ve always been drawn to tangible things,” said Sheryl. “I grew up around manufacturing, so this industry has always made sense to me.”

Becoming an attorney might seem like an unlikely path for a blue-collar girl from Pennsylvania, but academics always came naturally to her. The General Counsel of NEXTracker joined the company because it gave her a way to blend her appreciation of product manufacturing with a desire to contribute to the world around her.

“I’m conscious of the environment,” Sheryl explains. “I hike state and national parks, I don’t drive big cars that consume lots of gas. I understand what it means to be a steward of the earth, but I’ve never been able to work in that environment until now.”

Before joining NEXTracker, Sheryl served as Senior Corporate Counsel for Flextronics, supporting the company’s Energy segment with a focus on solar development and manufacturing. She provided guidance on complex commercial transactions, negotiated EPC contracts, learned to navigate the unpredictable world of federal and state regulations and even got involved in counseling distressed customers.

Then she was introduced to the team at NEXTracker.

“I met Dan Shugar, and started learning about the product,” she recalls, “and initially I was just going to support the product. But the more I worked with the team, the more I knew I had to find a way to contribute. I’m not an entrepreneur or an engineer but I’m a pretty damned good lawyer, so I thought, what’s the best way for me to contribute? I can go be their lawyer.”

With a background in contract negotiation, finance and international corporate law, in many ways Sheryl has the ideal skillset to support NEXTracker as the company continues its expansion into Asia/Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East.  

But the Ironman competitor also has something most corporate lawyers don’t:  a desire to win.

“NEXTracker is the place for me because it allows me to expand my renewables experience and also be in an environment with a group of people who try to make the world a better place when they wake up every morning,” Sheryl notes. “But more than that, they’re actually creating a product that makes the world a better place. I jumped at the opportunity to be part of that.”

I’ve always been drawn to tangible things. I grew up around manufacturing, so this industry has always made sense to me.”

Sheryl Savage
General Counsel

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