Earlier this month, we announced that we were forming the VivoPower Advisory Council to help us successfully execute our strategic pivot into the commercial electric vehicle market.
Eric Achtmann, an entrepreneurial executive based in Boston, came on board as our first member.
Today we are pleased to welcome Kim Lawrence — a clean tech innovation specialist and accomplished senior banking, finance and legal executive in Australia and North America — doubling the size of our Council.
A trusted advisor
The appointment aligns well with VivoPower’s expanded focus, given Lawrence’s passion for renewable energy, as well as battery storage and electric vehicles.
The Brisbane-based Lawrence has significant commercial experience across the energy, mining, banking and commodity sectors for both private companies and government enterprises. This includes her current advisory work:
- for ARENA, the federal government’s Australian Renewable Energy Agency
- for Luminous Energy, a leading solar developer
- for Kinetic NRG, a global renewable energy company that develops hydro-kinetic energy projects
- around renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies, and finance products and structures for environmental conservation.
‘Her knowledge of the Australian battery storage, electric vehicle and renewable energy ecosystem – combined with her extensive experience in the mining, commodity and energy sectors – is going to be invaluable to VivoPower’s strategy,’ said Kevin Chin, our executive chairman and CEO.
An industry leader
Over the last decade, Lawrence has also held leadership roles at Clean Energy Finance Corporation and Low Carbon Australia Limited. As Executive Director and Director of these investment funds, respectively, she championed low emissions vehicles, energy efficiency upgrades and rooftop solar technologies.
She also consulted on innovative impact investment solutions for the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, work that aligns with our B Corps approach of better way to do business for workers, communities and the environment.
Before that, Kim was an investment banker with Macquarie Bank in New York and Sydney, focussed on the mining and energy sectors. She is also a qualified solicitor.
‘I am pleased to be joining the VivoPower team,’ said Lawrence, ‘and [I] look forward to helping them execute on their commercial electric vehicle, battery storage and sustainable energy solutions strategy in Australia.’
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