Team

Harvest’s team shares a common goal: define a new path for organic materials. Our diverse experience spans the fields of composting, renewable energy, product marketing, construction, finance and government affairs. Our combined expertise provides powerful leadership for ushering in a new vision for managing organic materials.
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KATHLEEN LIGOCKI is the CEO of Harvest Power, Inc. She joined the company in January 2014 from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, where she worked with the firm’s greentech ventures on strategic challenges, scaling operations and commercialization.

Kathleen has served as chief executive officer of a Fortune 1000 auto supplier, Tower Automotive, and two early-stage companies — Next Autoworks Co., an American car company with a unique low-cost business model; and GS Motors, a Mexico City-based auto retailer owned by Grupo Salinas, a large Mexican conglomerate. She also founded her own consulting firm, Pine Lake Partners, where she provided counsel to companies at critical inflection points: start-ups, global expansion, and turnarounds. Earlier in her career, she served as a corporate officer with Ford Motor Company and worked for United Technologies and General Motors. She has lived in both Europe and Mexico and has led operations in North and South America, Africa, the Middle East, Russia, China, Korea, Japan, India and Thailand.

Kathleen currently serves as a director of Lear Corporation, a Fortune 200 global auto supplier and Ultura, a venture-backed water technology company. She holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Indiana University, an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and honorary doctorates from Central Michigan University and Indiana University. Kathleen serves on the board of Indiana University Foundation and is an active volunteer in various community organizations that support women and children.

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BRIAN SHEEHAN is Harvest’s Chief Financial Officer and has over 25 years of senior leadership experience working for a variety of industry leading companies including The May Department Stores, Fantastic Sams International Corp and RGP (formerly Deloitte Consulting). He has extensive private and public company experience serving as an Operations Controller, Chief Accounting Officer and Chief Financial Officer. His range of expertise includes change management, process reengineering, internal controls and systems evaluation. Brian earned his a B.S. from Bentley University and an M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
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DAVID HITCHCOCK is Harvest’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Operations. In 2008, David retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel from the US Marine Corps. An F/A-18 Hornet pilot, his career spanned a variety of functional responsibilities, including operations, aircraft maintenance, training, strategic planning, logistics, and culminated with squadron command. Assignments included tours in Asia, Europe, the Pentagon, and combat service in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Since leaving active duty, David has held leadership positions in two early-stage clean technology companies. Most recently with Virent, a biofuels and biochemicals company, he established their Washington, DC office and was responsible for government affairs, external relations, marketing, and domestic and international business development efforts. Prior to Virent, David was an executive with Next Autoworks where he led the company’s plant site selection team as well as governmental affairs efforts at federal, state and local levels. Additionally, he supervised operational planning for Next’s first manufacturing facility and led their public relations and human resource management functions. David holds a BS from the Naval Academy and a MA from the Naval War College.

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STEVE LIFFERS is Harvest’s Senior Vice President of Consumer Products. Steve has been active in the North American lawn and garden industry for over 30 years. He has held Senior Leadership roles in a number of dynamic consumer products companies including Coastal Supply Company, Earthgro and Harmony Products. He is recognized as a leader, expert and early adopter in the organic, natural and sustainable products marketplace. Steve earned a B.A. from Lehigh University and currently serves as the President of the Mulch and Soil Council, the industry association for soil and mulch producers throughout North America.
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JAMES REPENNING is the Senior Vice President of Organics East for Harvest. He oversees operations in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania (formerly known as Reliable Wood Products LLC and Nature’s Choice Corp) as well as Connecticut (formerly known as GreenCycle). Jamie has worked in the organics management industry since 1996 with a focus on operational efficiency, innovation and business development. He has experience in finance overseas and has his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
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SAM MONACO is the Senior Vice President, Organics West for Harvest Power. Joining Harvest in 2011, Sam is responsible for new business development, setting strategy and key decision making for Harvest’s operations in California, the Western U.S. and Western Canada. Prior to Harvest, Sam worked at Synagro where he was responsible for key strategy and sales development and grew the business from $11M annually to $32M managing 7 facilities including the largest CASP facility in California. Sam has 20 years of experience in the composting industry and founded Earthwise Organics and Earthwise Trucking, which supplied compost and waste management solutions to clients from the Central Valley and Southern CA. Sam has consulted for various companies within the organics industry.

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