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Management

The principal members of Silver Ridge Power’s management team have an average of approximately 20 years of experience in the development, construction, financing and operation of both renewable and thermal power plants.

Stephen Westwell, — President and Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Westwell is the Chief Executive officer of Silver Ridge Power. Mr. Westwell was previously Executive Vice President and Group Chief of Staff of BP plc from 2007 to 2011. Mr. Westwell was Chief Executive Officer of BP Alternative Energy from 2005 to 2007. Prior to that he was the Chief Executive Officer of BP Solar from 2003 to 2005. During the period 1988 – 2003 Mr. Westwell held positions of increasing seniority in BP’s global Refining and Marketing business. During the period 1983 to 1987 Mr. Westwell was employed by Eskom as a shift supervisor on both a coal and a nuclear power plant. Mr. Westwell received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Natal, a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Cape Town and a Master of Science in Management from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Westwell is a non-executive director of Sasol Ltd and served on the advisory board of Stanford Graduate School of Business from 2002-2003.

Rebecca Cranna — Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Cranna is the Chief Financial Officer of Silver Ridge Power. Ms. Cranna has 20 years of experience in the power industry including greenfield development of coal, gas, and hydro plants, utility mergers and acquisitions, asset sales, non-recourse project financings, and other structured financings. Her work in these fields spanned five continents including Latin America, North America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. Prior to joining AES Solar in 2010, Ms. Cranna held various leadership positions at AES, and raised over $2 billion of capital for AES businesses. Ms. Cranna received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Biology from Stanford University.  

Tim-Montgomery-Portrait-2013Timothy Montgomery — Vice President Engineering, Procurement & Construction
Mr. Montgomery is the Vice President of Engineering, Procurement & Construction of Silver Ridge Power.  Mr. Montgomery has more than 30 years’ experience in project operations and executive management, including structuring, negotiating and managing the construction of large-scale power, petrochemical and infrastructure projects worldwide. Prior to joining AES Solar in 2008, Mr. Montgomery held leadership positions with Raytheon Company, NVR and the Shaw Group. Mr. Montgomery received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government from Harvard College and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.  

Claudio PisiClaudio Pisi — Vice President Finance
Mr. Pisi is the Vice President of Finance of Silver Ridge Power. Mr. Pisi has more than 14 years’ experience in finance and fund-raising including structuring and negotiating leveraged financings, project financings, acquisition financings and re-structuring of non-performing loans. Prior to joining AES Solar in 2008, Mr. Pisi held structuring and negotiation roles at UniCredit SpA and Capitalia SpA for transactions exceeding €10 billion in aggregate. Prior to this, Mr. Pisi served as an officer in the Italian Navy, receiving a distinction from the Italian Naval Academy as the top cadet of his course. Mr. Pisi received a Master of Science degree (cum laude) in Business Administration from LUISS Guido Carli University.  

Patty-Rollin-Portrait-2013Patricia Rollin —Vice President Global Development
Ms. Rollin is the Vice President of Global Development of Silver Ridge Power. Prior to joining AES Solar in 2009, Ms. Rollin was a founding partner of Sage Energy Group, a company that developed renewable power projects across multiple technologies and platforms. She worked for AES for 20 years from 1984 to 2004 in various positions, including Vice President of AES Greystone and AES Ironwood. She led the development and financing ofover $1 billion of greenfield projects in the U.S. In addition, she served as Investor Relations Director for AES. Ms. Rollin received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University, with a double major in Economics and English Literature. She also received a Master of Science degree from Stanford University in Engineering Economic Systems.          

David FloryDavid Flory — Vice President Finance
Mr. Flory is the Vice President of North America Finance of Silver Ridge Power. He has more than 17 years of experience in the power industry including mergers and acquisitions, power plant development, asset management and project finance. While at AES Solar, he has raised more than $800 million from the capital markets, banks and tax equity investors to finance solar module purchases and the construction and operation of nearly 300 megawatts of utility-scale photovoltaic power plants. Prior to joining AES Solar in 2009, Mr. Flory held various leadership positions with AES involving mergers and acquisitions, power plant development, asset management and project finance. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction in English Literature from George Mason University and a Masters in Business Administration from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Erik-Bue-Portrait-2013Erik Bue — Vice President Performance Optimization
Mr. Bue is Vice President of Performance Optimization of Silver Ridge Power. Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Bue was responsible for leading the development of AES Solar’s Italian fleet of 25 plants. He helped start AES Solar in early 2007, and was instrumental in its 2008 spin-off into the AES/Riverstone joint-venture. Prior to AES, Mr. Bue co-founded, and/or served on the senior management team of three startup technology companies, two of which were also in clean-energy, where he closed multiple rounds of venture capital financing (among other roles). Mr. Bue has also worked for General Motors, Ford and Boeing. Over his career, Mr. Bue’s roles have spanned engineering, product development, product strategy, business development, finance, and operations. Mr. Bue has a Bachelor of Sciences degree and a Masters of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University (cum laude) and MIT, respectively, as well as a Masters in Business Administration from MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Apostolos-Kotsaris-Portrait-2013Apostolos Kotsaris – Vice President Operations
Mr. Kotsaris is Vice President of Operations of Silver Ridge Power. He has over 15 years of experience in EPC contract management for multimillion euro projects including the construction of new thermal and renewable power plants, the rehabilitation of existing thermal power plants, the maintenance of thermal and renewable power plants and the construction of steel mega-structures for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games. He has previously held senior leadership position with METKA (an international EPC Contractor of thermal power plants) before working as an independent consultant for B&V Energy.Mr. Kotsaris has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.