Senior appointments will support continued growth and rapid expansion into new markets.
Dr. Debra Wilfong joins as EVP and Chief Innovation Officer; Dr. Sonja Glavaski joins as EVP Innovation, U.S.; Yash Audichya joins as Vice President, Product.
Faraday Grid is delighted to announce three new senior hires as the company continues to rapidly build and strengthen its presence in the U.S., UK and globally. The appointments come at a time of significant growth for the company which opened its Innovation Center in Washington D.C. in 2018 and will be hosting its official U.S. launch event in the capital later this month.
Dr. Debra Wilfong joins as EVP and Chief Innovation Officer and will be responsible for driving global research and development operations for Faraday Grid. Debra has over 30 years of experience in a broad range of industries, specialising in emerging and disruptive technologies, and using technology to deliver commercial advantage. Her most recent position was as Vice President for Formulated Products Technology at BP. She oversaw 700 people based in ten technology centers around the world, supporting customers in over 130 countries.
Dr. Sonja Glavaski joins as Executive Vice President of Innovation and will lead R&D in the U.S. During her career of over 20 years, Dr. Glavaski has made significant contributions to technical advancements in a range of areas, including energy, vehicle and aircraft systems. She was most recently a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), U.S. Department of Energy, managing a portfolio of twenty transformative projects, and established the pioneering ARPA-E NODES Program developing technologies that cost-effectively and reliably manage dynamic changes in the grid by leveraging flexible loads and distributed energy resources.
Yash Audichya joins as Vice President, Product, and is responsible for synchronising the research, engineering, regulatory and commercial aspects of Faraday Grid to deliver products for the global energy markets. He has 16 years’ experience in the energy sector in diverse roles covering investment decisions, regulations, and programme management of large capital projects. He has also led global R&D and Innovation teams. Yash most recently delivered SSE’s £1.1 billion investment in Caithness-Moray grid reinforcement, which has won RICS awards for “Project of the Year” and “Infrastructure”.
Andrew Scobie, Founder and CEO of Faraday Grid, said: "As experts in their fields, the new members of the Faraday Grid team join at a crucial time for the company as we grow rapidly in numbers, locations, new partnerships and collaborations. They will play a pivotal role in delivering on our mission to bring clean, reliable and affordable energy to all.”