Leadership Team

With 350 years of combined power sector experience, our leadership team has challenged the status-quo while building a culture of innovation in the solar industry. We pioneered what we believe to be today’s leading generation of tracker solutions, including many “industry-first” innovations, such as self-powering and self-grounding capabilities, and associated software offerings.

Dan Shugar

Dan Shugar

CEO and Co-founder

For over 30 years, Dan Shugar has been a leading voice in business, technology and climate policy, advancing solar and climate technology solutions in the U.S. and around the globe. As founder and CEO of Nextracker, Dan brings together solar expertise and technology innovation in a way few cleantech leaders can.
In less than ten years, Dan founded a solar start-up in the Balance of Systems (BOS) solar manufacturing category, maintained worldwide market share leadership for six consecutive years and has shipped over 50 gigawatts of smart solar trackers to 40 countries. Prior to Nextracker, Dan grew Solaria Corporation’s annual revenue five times over a three-year period and led successful deals and acquisitions worth over $1 billion with Powerlight, Sunpower and now Nextracker. Dan holds a BS in electrical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from Golden Gate University. Dan has numerous patents, published 50 technical papers. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA) and Powerhouse Ventures.
Howard Wenger

Howard Wenger

President

Howard Wenger serves as President of Nextracker and is passionate about enabling a clean all-electric future. He has worked for more than 35 years in the solar and utility power field and has served in leadership and board positions of industry-leading companies. Most notably, Mr. Wenger served as an executive officer of SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) for ten years, joining the company upon the acquisition of PowerLight. He served as president and CEO of SunPower Systems, with global responsibility for the residential, commercial, and utility power plant businesses. SunPower/PowerLight grew from $20 million to over $3 billion in revenue with over 10,000 employees during Wenger’s tenure. Mr. Wenger currently serves as an advisor and board member for the California Solar and Storage Association, Solaria Corporation, Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), and as a trustee for the University of California at Santa Barbara. Mr. Wenger holds a Bachelor’s in Environmental Studies from UCSB and a Master of Science in Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder, and has authored over 75 technical publications.
Bruce Ledesma

Bruce Ledesma

President - Strategy, Software & Administration

Bruce Ledesma is the President of Nextracker overseeing software and services sales, marketing, corporate strategy, human resources and government affairs. He has over 20 years experience spanning the solar, software and financial services industries. Bruce previously held roles as EVP of Corporate Development and COO of Solar Mosaic, Inc. He was Co-founder and COO of Roble Capital, LLC, a private investment fund. For several years Bruce served as General Counsel for SunPower Corporation and PowerLight Corporation (acquired by SunPower in 2007). From 1998 to 2004 Bruce held various legal and executive positions with financial risk modeling firm Barra, Inc. He began his career as a corporate attorney for Latham & Watkins LLP. Bruce holds a B.A. in economics from Stanford University and J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Dave Bennett

Dave Bennett

CFO

Dave is a CPA with 30 years of experience servicing public companies primarily in finance, accounting, tax, treasury, and audit related activities. He joined the Nextracker team in 2021 as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, Dave served as a Vice President of Finance at Flex since 2009, Corporate Controller since 2011, Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer since 2014. Prior to his engagement with Flex in 2005, Dave was a Senior Manager at Deloitte and served over 12 years in the Accounting Assurances Group (Audit). He earned a Bachelor of Business & Administration (Cum Laude) – Emphasis in Accounting and Finance from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Alex Au

Alex Au

CTO and Co-founder

As Chief Technology Officer of Nextracker, Alex Au leads the Company’s technology road map, research and development efforts, and engineering teams, driving the development of holistic PV plant solutions, in addition to the creation of the Company’s award-winning single axis tracker portfolio and software monitoring and controls suite. The Nextracker co-founder has over 20 years of PV and energy storage product development experience, ranging from residential to utility-scale. Alex is responsible for over 200 Nextracker patents and currently serves on the Board of Powerhouse Ventures.
Léah Schlesinger

Léah Schlesinger

General Counsel

Léah Schlesinger has served as General Counsel of Nextracker since April 2019 and as Vice President, Corporate Legal of Flex since June 2015. Leah has spent two decades advising global corporations and mid-size companies, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and antitrust. Prior to joining Flex, Leah advised McKesson Corporation on mergers and acquisitions transactions, including their $8B acquisition of Celesio, and was a Partner at Grant Law, a boutique law firm advising investors and entrepreneurs. Leah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Chicago Law School.
Kristan Kirsh

Kristan Kirsh

VP Global Marketing

Kristan Kirsh is the VP of Global Marketing at Nextracker, where she has driven the company’s brand, marketing and communications strategy since 2015. In her Nextracker tenure, she spearheaded the company’s world-wide training program, PowerworX Academy for solar installers and has driven Nextracker’s community relations initiatives and DEIJ efforts to promote diversity in the solar industry. Prior to working at Nextracker, Kristan was the Senior Director of Marketing at cleantech firm, Energy Recovery, the Director of Communications for a host of nonprofits, and an international development practitioner in public health and infrastructure with USAID and the World Bank throughout Latin America. Kristan earned her Bachelor’s degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and Master’s in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Marco Miller

Marco Miller

COO and Co-founder

As Nextracker’s Chief Operating Officer and a co-founder, Marco Miller is an experienced solar industry executive with more than two decades managing successful large scale utility projects in the US and around the globe. Marco directs multiple global teams from project engineering, supply chain, project management, construction and asset management to ensure customer success and that Nextracker’s 50 GW fleet is successfully operating and maintained to the fullest extent. Prior to Nextracker, Marco managed global project construction and operations for SunPower and PowerLight while based in Geneva, Switzerland. Marco is passionate about working in the field of Renewable Energy, and finding effective solutions to meet the global expanding energy demand. Marco earned his Bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Ignacio Redondo

Ignacio Redondo

SVP Finance

With extensive experience in project development and finance operations (accounting, FP&A, treasury, tax) in manufacturing environments, Ignacio “Nacho” Redondo serves as Nextracker’s Senior Vice President of Finance. During his Nextracker tenure, he has been responsible for all of the Company’s financial functions since 2018. As of January 2022, Nacho leads the Company’s Financial Planning & Analysis, Treasury and Project Development areas as Senior Vice President of Finance. Nacho has over 20 years’ experience in the renewable energy industry, with over 13 years’ experience as CFO and divisional CFO. His career focus has been in both wind and solar photovoltaic energy assets across Europe, Latin America, United States, Australia and the Middle East.
Mike Mehawich

Mike Mehawich

CSO and Co-founder

Mike Mehawich is a co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer for Nextracker. A veteran of the solar industry, Mike has spent close to two decades commercializing transformative solar technologies for global markets. Prior to Nextracker, Mike served as VP of Product and Strategy for Solaria Corporation. Mike’s experience has encompassed a broad series of leadership positions in strategy, marketing, product management, and business development with companies ranging from pre revenue stage to the Fortune 500. Mike holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University.
Marco Garcia

Marco Garcia

Chief Commercial Officer and Co-founder

Marco has developed and closed over 60 gigawatts of PV projects at Nextracker and worked with some of the world’s largest solar developers and EPCs including Atlas Renewable Energy, Elecnor, Enel, Engie, FRV, Lightsource BP, Mortenson and SOLV Energy. His tenure in the solar industry spans 20 years with executive leadership positions at PowerLight, SunPower, Suntech, Suniva and Solaria. As Chief Commercial Officer, Marco was instrumental in helping drive sales growth from $1M in 2013 to over $1.2 Billion in 2020. With a dual degree in Electrical Engineering and Economics from Brown University, Marco is well-known for building long term customer partnerships, growing successful global sales teams, and driving solar industry growth in emerging markets and solar tracker adoption worldwide.
Sol Hutson

Sol Hutson

Chief Product Officer

For over 23 years Sol Hutson has supported the development, manufacturing, and deployment of advanced technology infrastructure projects across North and South America and around the world. Sol joined Nextracker as Chief Product Officer to develop and provide solutions to the world’s largest and most advanced solar power plants. Previously, at Nortel Networks, Sol supported the development of mobile network base-station equipment to Flex where he held engineering and operations leadership roles in Canada, Mexico, and Brazil. In 2011, Sol transitioned to the Energy and Renewables industry as a founding member Flex’s Energy business unit growing the business from $350M revenue to $1.2B over 5 years. In addition to his role at Nextracker, Sol is a member of the Board of Directors at Edge Electrons.
Dorothy Serdar

Dorothy Serdar

VP Human Resources

Nextracker’s Vice President of Human Resources, Dorothy Serdar has been responsible for managing Human Resources activities and programs for Nextracker for six years. As a Senior Human Resources Leader with over 30 years of experience in building high-impact, scalable people operations in global, high growth companies, her experience runs broad and deep across multiple Human Resources disciplines including Talent Acquisition, Total Rewards, Organizational Development, HRIS Strategy, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Programs, Employee Relations and Legal Compliance. Dorothy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from the University of Minnesota and is an active member of Chief, a network focused on connecting and supporting women executive leaders.

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