Reinout G. Oussoren
Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer
Reinout Oussoren joined the Company in September 2009 and has served in a variety of roles with the Company and most recently as the Company’s Vice President of Global Sales. Mr. Oussoren brings more than 20 years of commercial and operational leadership experience to the Company from a variety of international organizations. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Oussoren served in a variety of capacities at General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), including the Global Sales Leader for GE Energy’s Membrane Technologies and Sales Leader and General Manager for GE Environmental Services in Europe, following GE’s 2004 acquisition of BHA Group Holdings, Inc. At BHA Group Holdings, Inc., Mr. Oussoren served as General Manager – Europe and member of the executive team from 1994 to 2004 following the successful sale of his personal business, SF Air Filtration AG, a leading supplier of filtration parts and components, to BHA Group. Mr. Oussoren has a mechanical engineering degree from MTS in the Netherlands, holds various international patents and completed coursework in strategic marketing and management.
William St. Lawrence
Interim Co-Chief Executive Officer
William St. Lawrence joined Northern Power in March of 2017. From 2012 to 2017, he served as the General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer of Northeast Wireless Networks, LLC, a private equity-backed company that designs, builds and operates cellular networks in rural US markets. Prior to joining Northeast Wireless, he acted as Legal and Corporate/ Business Development Officer for a significant family office and a variety of venture-backed companies. Mr. St. Lawrence began his legal career in the New York office of Heller Ehrman where he represented venture funds, venture-backed companies and investments banks, including Allen & Company, in connection with M&A, public offerings, securities compliance, financings and general commercial matters. Mr. St. Lawrence is a graduate of Hobart College and the University of Maine School of Law.
Chief Financial Officer
Ciel Caldwell re-assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer, August 2018. Ms. Caldwell joined Northern Power Systems in February of 2011 as Vice President and Corporate Controller and was named Chief Financial Officer in February 2013. In May 2016, Ms. Caldwell was promoted to Senior Vice President for Operations and Finance and August 2016 assumed the leadership as President and Chief Operating Officer. With over 20 years of experience in finance and accounting, Ms. Caldwell has held senior financial leadership positions at various companies in the high-tech sector including 3Com Corporation, Vistaprint, and Level 3 Communications. At the start of her career, Ms. Caldwell worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ms. Caldwell earned her Bachelor of Science from Babson College with a major in Accounting.
Director North American Sales
Chris McKay joined Northern Power Systems in 2001 and has been involved in the energy industry for over 20 years. While at W.L. Gore & Associates worked on new product development of membranes for PEM fuel cells and hydrogen electrolysis using GORE-TEX® materials. During his time at Northern Power, he has led and participated in the development of power conversion, energy storage, microgrid, and wind turbine systems including Northern’s 100kW distributed wind turbine. He has served in a variety of operational and commercial roles including director positions for both engineering and product management. Mr. McKay graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering with a Minor in Economics.
Jeff Petter has 35 years of electrical engineering and technology management experience specializing in power electronics, rotating machines, and controls. Jeff joined Northern Power in 2000 as the senior R&D engineer and has held roles as group leader for power electronics, principal engineer and chief engineer. Prior to joining Northern, Jeff owned and operated Impulse Electronics developing power electronic products for a number of small startup companies, and served as a product development engineering manager at Dynapower Corporation, Electrical Engineer II at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and Electrical Engineer at IBM. Mr. Petter has received a number of awards including the 2006 Technical Achievement Award from the American Wind Energy Association, the 1992 Presentation Award from the IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium, the 1989 Technology Award from FERMI Lab related to his first patent. Jeff is the holder of 18 patents with topics including; inverter hardware and controls, permanent magnet machines, wind turbine controls and microwave circuits. Mr. Petter graduated from the University of Wisconsin, with a Bachelor of Science, in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Director, Technology Solutions
Austin Cate joined Northern Power Systems in 2004 and has been involved in the development of power conversion systems and multiple wind turbine platforms. He has contributed significantly to the electrical system designs of several generations of the 100 kW turbine platform. Mr. Cate has extensive field test and commissioning experience with NPS products around the world. His knowledge of system design played a major role in leading the cooperative development of a 3MW turbine platform with WEG prior to taking over the power systems team. Mr. Cate graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering.