Big career shifts: Utility exec to solar CEO, Dell to NRG

Names in the News

Big career shifts: Utility exec to solar CEO, Dell to NRG

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Clockwise from top left: Hailey Broderick, Weber Shandwick; Matt Walz, REC Solar; Bruno Sarda, NRG Energy; Ted Monk, Sodexo; Ivellisse Morales, OgilvyEarth; Bob Mitchell, Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC).

Seismic energy career shifts and sustainability storytellers lead off our latest wrap up of sustainability career news.

Welcome to this month's Names in the News round up of big hires, promotions and other career news in the world of green business.

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Who's news

Matt Walz, REC Solar

As an incumbent power provider with some 7 million customers getting their electricity from a mix of oil, coal, natural gas and nuclear energy, North Carolina-based Duke Energy is at the heart of debate about how to reinvent utilities in the face of climate change.

That dynamic makes it very interesting that a former Duke executive, ex-VP of Commercial Solar Matt Walz, is jumping into renewable energy full time. He has accepted a new role as President and CEO of commercial solar company REC Solar.

Bruno Sarda, NRG Energy

After serving in several sustainability roles for electronics giant Dell, Bruno Sarda is diving head first into the energy industry as the new vice president of sustainability for NRG Energy.

The move comes at a potential turning point for NRG, which earlier this year saw the resignation of renewable energy advocate and CEO David Crane.

Ted Monk, Sodexo

Food industry veteran Ted Monk is the new vice president of sustainability and corporate responsibility at Sodexo, picking up where retiring sustainability chief Deborah Hecker leaves off.

Monk previously helped lead the school service division of the food service giant.

On the move

— Hewlett-Packard corporate responsibility veteran Bob Mitchell will be taking a broader purview of tech industry sustainability as the new Vice President of Social and Environmental Responsibility for the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC).

Hailey Broderick, previously a senior account supervisor for Cone Communications, will be taking on a new role with clients like Nestle Waters as a Boston-based account director for Weber Shandwick.

— Recent OgilvyEarth hire Ivellisse Morales is stepping into an expanded role with clients like pulp and paper company Domtar following a move by former OgilvyEarth account lead Lee Florida to the automotive startup YourMechanic.