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Management Team

Allan Connolly – CEO & President

AllanConnollyAllan Connolly, an operations and technology executive with broad global leadership experience, is Chief Executive Officer and President of Aclara Technologies LLC. Connolly formerly was Chief Operating Officer of Culligan, a world leader in the water treatment industry. Prior to his tenure at Culligan, where he spent seven years in leadership positions of increasing responsibility, he held executive and management roles with GE Energy and GE Global Research. A native of Australia, Connolly holds a Doctorate in engineering from the Australian National University, as well as Master of Science and Bachelor of Engineering degrees from the University of Wollongong, in Australia.

 

Michael Garcia – Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Organizational Effectiveness

MichaelGarciaMichael Garcia, a Human Resources leader, brings in-depth operational and strategic experience developed in a range of industries. Michael is Senior Vice President, Human Resources & Organizational Effectiveness for Aclara. Before joining Aclara, he was Vice President, Human Resources for SSM Health Care, where he led the Human Resources and Clinical Education team for four hospitals in the St. Louis market, the St. Louis Physician Organization and the Behavioral Medicine Service Line. SSM is a nonprofit, mission based, health care system. Michael holds Master and Bachelor degrees from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

 

Kurt Bruenning – Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of Finance, Accounting, IT and Legal

Kurt Bruenning email smallBruenning has an extensive leadership background with more than 17 years of experience in corporate finance, accounting, capital markets, treasury, mergers and acquisitions, risk management, public reporting, financial planning and analysis, operations finance, and private equity transactions. Most recently, he was vice president of finance and treasury, responsible for all aspects of corporate finance at Foresight Energy LP. Previously, Bruenning was vice president and treasurer at MEMC Electronic Materials, where he led global finance, treasury, credit, and global capital planning and analysis. He holds a Master of Business Administration from St. Louis University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Missouri in St. Louis.

 

Dave Hakala – Senior Vice President, Manufacturing and Quality Assurance

DaveHakalaDave has over 35 years of experience in the electronics industry in manufacturing operations, product and process development, and product assurance. Before joining Aclara he was Director of Operations for ITW Rippey, supplying critical cleaning materials to the major manufacturers in the semiconductor wafer fabrication and hard disk drive media industries. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a Doctorate in Physical Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York.

 

Rick Riccardi – Senior Vice President, Major Projects

RickRiccardiRichard Riccardi is the Executive Vice President, Major Projects, for Aclara. He is an experienced senior executive in the AMI industry with more than 15 years managing the development, sale and marketing of advanced metering systems. He was president of Hexagram, one of the early leaders in development of fixed network AMI systems, prior to its acquisition by ESCO Technologies. Since then, Rick has held several executive positions with Aclara, including strategic account management, marketing, and technology. Rick holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of Business from Cleveland State University. He is married with two children.

 

Greg Wilson – Senior Vice President, Engineering and Technology

Greg Wilson email smallGreg Wilson is Senior Vice President of Engineering and Technology for Aclara. Greg has an extensive background in product development and technology, with a track record of success in creating efficiencies, optimizing profitability, and producing quality consumer and technology products for established, turnaround, and joint venture enterprises. Most recently, Greg was Vice President at Harris Corporation, RF Communications, where he worked to align product strategy with overarching business objectives. He was also a Director at Skyworks Solutions, Inc., where he was responsible for defining product vision and market strategy to align with current research and consumer trends, and guide product design and development throughout full life cycle. Greg holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Dominican University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Marquette University.

 

Stephen Smith – Senior Vice President, Sales and Account Management

StephenSmithSteve has accumulated a strong background in sales and business development. Before joining Aclara, Steve worked as Vice President of Sales for EcoFactor, and prior to that spent 20 years with Honeywell Utility Solutions, leading sales teams focused on the utility space, and growing his business to over $200 million in sales. He has experience working with a wide spectrum of utility organizations, municipalities and ISO’s, as well as a deep understanding of energy conservation, demand response, smart grid and water efficiency programs for utilities. Stephen earned his master’s degree in business administration from Northeastern University, and his Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from the University of New Hampshire.

 

Bob Florence – Senior Vice President, Marketing, Customer & Sales Support

Bob Florence email smallBob comes to Aclara with an extensive background leading B2B commercial teams globally and will play a significant role in developing and driving Aclara’s strategy. He leads all of the company’s marketing functions, including Business Development, Product Management, and Marketing Communications. Bob also manages Customer Support, Technical and Educational Support and Sales Support. Most recently, he was Executive Vice President at Davis-Standard LLC, where he led the Domestic and Global Sales and Marketing teams. Other positions include Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at Solazyme, responsible for developing and commercializing renewable fuels and specialty chemicals. He worked at Apple Computer, where he led the supply base engineering team in Cupertino, Calif., and Asia. Bob was also an executive at GE with multiple global assignments in the United States, Mexico and China. Bob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.