Christian G. Kasper, Chief Executive Officer
CHRISTIAN G. KASPER is the Chief Executive Officer of Harvest Power, Inc. Before joining the Company in May 2014, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Princeton Review, Inc. Chris has served as a strategic Chief Financial Officer for four companies where he partnered with leading private equity and venture capital firms including Bain Capital Ventures, Thomas H. Lee Partners, and Aurora Capital Group. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of International Cookware Group, S.A.S. Chris began his career with the Boston Consulting Group, and his experience spans a variety of industries, including consumer products, retail, manufacturing, and education. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Chris received his MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was named a Baker Scholar and appointed a Dean’s Research Fellow in Technology and Operations Management. Outside of the office, Chris is involved in a number of civic and volunteer organizations, and pursues his passions for beekeeping, squash, and trophy striped bass. He lives with his wife and two sons in Lincoln, MA.
David Hitchcock, Senior Vice President Corporate Operations
DAVID HITCHCOCK serves as Harvest’s Senior Vice President, Organics East. In this role he leads all East Coast organic processing operations while managing essential corporate functions such as human resources, safety, communications, government and regulatory affairs and information technology. 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.
Brian Kura, Senior Vice President, Consumer Products
BRIAN KURA is Harvest’s Senior Vice President of Consumer Products. He joined the company in 2015 bringing a depth of knowledge in the lawn and garden industry, and expertise in sales and marketing includes extensive experience working with mass merchants like Lowe’s, The Home Depot, Walmart and others. Prior to Harvest, Brian had a 16-year tenure at the Scotts Miracle-Gro company that culminated with a highly successful period as the President of Scotts Lawn Service, a $300 million home service business providing lawn care, tree and shrub care and pest control. He holds a BS from the University of Arizona and a MBA from Duke University. Outside of the office Brian is an avid fisherman. His biggest catch ever was a 425 pound Giant Tuna off the coast of Cape Cod.
Sam Monaco, Senior Vice President Organics West
SAM MONACO is the Senior Vice President of Western Organics 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.
Board of Directors
Michael J. Ahearn, True North Venture Partners
Michael J. Ahearn is the Chairman of Harvest Power’s Board of Directors. Michael founded True North Venture Partners based on a belief that early stage companies in socially disruptive business sectors require a fundamentally unique approach to funding, growth and market expansion. His perspective is based on his experience with First Solar (NASDAQ: FSLR), the company he co-founded in 1999. Mike served as CEO of First Solar from 2000-2009 and currently serves as its Chairman. After an initial public offering in 2006, First Solar became a publicly-traded company on the NASDAQ and later became the first pure play renewable energy company to be listed on the S&P 500. Mike also currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Cox Enterprises, Inc.; a member of the Board of Trustees of Thunderbird School of Global Management; a member of the Board of Trustees of The German Marshall Fund; a member of the Board of Directors of Endeavor; a member of the Global Advisory Board of Beijing Climate Policy Initiative. Prior to First Solar, Mike was Partner and President of an early stage equity investment firm known as True North Partners, L.L.C. (later renamed JWMA, LLC), which was the majority stockholder of First Solar prior to its initial public offering. Mike graduated magna cum laude with B.S. and J.D. degrees from Arizona State University.
Victor Hwang, Industry Ventures
Victor is a Managing Director at Industry Ventures, an investment fund focused on secondary and primary investments in leading venture-backed companies and venture capital funds. Prior to joining Industry Ventures, Victor was the founder of Agile Capital Partners, where he focused on opportunistic investments in growth stage companies. Prior to that he was with Internet Capital Group, where he was CEO and Chairman of ICG Asia and a Managing Director, Acquisitions. He be.gan his career as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs where he helped build the Internet investment banking business by leading the IPOs of eBay and Yahoo!. Victor received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller scholar, and his BA from Stanford University.
Hans Mehn, Generation Investment Management
Hans is a Portfolio Manager for the Climate Solutions Funds. He joined Generation in 2008 to help launch the firm’s Climate Solutions strategy. Prior to Generation, he worked at Swiss Re and affiliates for 13 years managing private and listed investments including responsibility for the then approximately CHF2 billion Direct Investments portfolio from 2003 to 2007. Previously, he worked in the Corporate Finance Department of Smith Barney Inc. after receiving a B.A. in Economics and Art History from Duke University. Hans serves and has served on the board of portfolio companies including AgraQuest, GreenRoad Technologies, Solar City and Tigo Energy.
Joanna Rees, Managing Director, Soda Rock Partners
Joanna Rees brings over thirty years of expertise driving profitability and growth in branded consumer companies. Joanna spent her early career in advertising and brand management. She oversaw multiple brands at Groupe Danone, a $20+ billion global consumer products firm. She launched several new product lines, enabling US market growth from $150 million in revenue to over $500 million. She started her career at Benton & Bowels (now DMB&B) working on multiple consumer brands. Most recently, Joanna led the formation and capital raise for Endeavor Catalyst, an impact investment fund supporting high-impact entrepreneurs in emerging markets.
Joanna has served on the board of more than 25 venture-backed companies across a broad range of industries including,Danger Inc., (Acquired Nasdaq: MSFT) the genesis of Sidekick, the first software-based integrated phone, messaging and email device and Stonyfield Farms, (Acquired Groupe Danone) the first nationally distributed organic yogurt brand in the U.S. She currently serves on the corporate board of FICO (NYSE: FICO), a software company, to develop its consumer scores business as well as the board of private companies Mursion (a virtual training platform). She serves on the global Board of Endeavor.org and the National Board of Build.org.
Joanna has been selected by the World Economic Forum as Year 2000 Global Leader for Tomorrow and the Aspen Institute selected her in its 2002 Class of Henry Crown Fellows. She earned her MBA from Columbia University (beta gamma sigma) and a BS from Duke University.
Bob Simpson, Independent Director
Bob Simpson comes to Harvest Power with a strong financial background. Before retiring in late 2011, Simpson served as both Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Waste Management. He was responsible for the Company’s accounting, strategy, business improvement, internal audit, investor relations, tax, treasury, risk management, real estate and financial analysis functions. Prior to being elected CFO in March 2004, Simpson was Waste Management’s Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer.
Paul Sellew, Founder, Harvest Power
Paul Sellew is the Founder of Harvest Power, Inc. and Chairman of the Advisory Board. Paul has been a leader in the organics industry for more than 25 years. In 1982 he founded Earthgro, Inc., which grew to be the second largest producer of compost-based lawn and garden products in North America. Paul has also been a senior executive with Synagro, Inc. and also founded and led International Process Systems, Inc. (composting technology provider), Allgro, Inc. (compost marketing firm), Environmental Credit Corp. (carbon credit creation and trading), and Backyard Farms (hydroponic greenhouse tomato producer). Paul serves on the Board of Directors of the United States Composting Council and is a graduate of Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Ian Bowles, Rhumb Line Energy
Ian Bowles is Managing Director of Rhumb Line Energy an advisory firm focused on strategy and business development in clean energy. Until early 2011, Ian served as Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs under Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts. As Secretary, he created the first state cabinet agency encompassing all aspects of energy regulation and environmental protection. Bowles set the highest standards in the nation on greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency, clean energy incentives and building codes. Ian served as principal international environment and natural resources policy advisor on the White House staff for President Bill Clinton. He also serves as a Senior Director at the Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm based in Washington, D.C. and as an Overseer at the Museum of Science.
Ian’s academic career includes posts as a Senior Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and as adjunct member of the teaching faculty at Oxford University. Ian co-edited Footprints in the Jungle (Oxford University Press) and has written broadly on energy, environment, conservation and sustainability in both professional journals such as Science and in the popular media such as the New York Times. He also held senior leadership positions at Conservation International and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. He received his A.B. in economics cum laude from Harvard College and has a Masters degree from Oxford University.
Carol M. Browner, Albright Stonebridge Group
Carol M. Browner is a Senior Counselor at the Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, where she provides strategic counsel to clients in the areas of environmental protection, energy conservation, climate change, water security and resource scarcity. Ms. Browner also serves as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress and on the Board of the League of Conservation Voters.
Ms. Browner most recently served as Assistant to President Obama and director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, where she oversaw the coordination of environmental, energy, climate, transport, and related policy across the federal government. During her tenure, the White House secured the largest investment ever in clean energy and established the national car policy that included both new automobile fuel efficiency standards and first ever greenhouse gas reductions. Previously, Ms. Browner was a founding principal of The Albright Group LLC from 2001 to 2008.
From 1993 through 2001, Ms. Browner served as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. As administrator, she adopted the most stringent air pollution standards in our nation’s history; set for the first time, a fine particle clean air standard; and spearheaded the reauthorization of the Safe Drinking Water Act as well as the Food Quality Protection Act. She was known for working with both environmentalists and industry to set scientific-based public health protections while providing businesses important flexibilities in how to meet those standards. She worked across the agency to ensure a focus on protecting the most vulnerable, particularly children.
From 1991 through 1993, Ms. Browner served as Secretary of Environmental Regulation in Florida, where she launched the largest ecological restoration project ever attempted in the United States to restore the natural flow of water to the Everglades.
Ms. Browner serves on the Executive Committee of the Center for American Progress and was a founding board member of the organization from 2003-2008. Ms. Browner earned her B.A. and a law degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville. She has one son and is married to former New York Congressman Tom Downey.