Energy Executive Moves: Johnson Controls, NTE Energy, Rocky Mountain Institute, Rexel, Sapphire Energy

August 4, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

johnson controlsJohnson Controls has appointed Michael Bartschat (pictured)as the company’s first chief procurement officer. Bartschat will report to R. Bruce McDonald, executive vice president and chief financial officer. In his new role, Bartschat will lead global procurement of purchased materials, products and services. Bartschat joined Johnson Controls in 2004 and most recently served as group vice president and general manager of product group metals and mechanisms, Automotive Seating.

NTE Energy has appointed Josh Levine as chief financial officer. Levine was most recently vice president of project development at Energy Management.

Rocky Mountain Institute added four new senior-level managing directors. Maiyue Cheng, whose experience includes work with the World Bank and Chinese state-owned enterprises, will be a managing director for RMI’s international practice. Stephen Doig rejoins RMI from McKinsey & Co. where he was most recently a senior leader in the sustainability and resource productivity practice. Doig will lead RMI’s communities practice. Curtis Probst comes from Goldman, Sachs where he was a managing director in investment banking. He will drive RMI’s sustainable finance practice area. Hervé Touati, who held senior positions at German utility E.ON will act as a managing director within RMI’s electricity practice with particular focus on RMI’s Business Renewables Center and disruptive business models and technologies.

Rexel appointed Brian McNally to the newly-created position of executive vice president and CEO of Rexel North America. The appointment comes in the wake of the departures of Executive Vice President and CEO of Rexel Holdings USA Christopher Hartmann as well as Jeff Hall’s recent decision to retire as senior vice president and CEO of Rexel Canada Electrical. McNally joins Rexel from Arrow Electronics where he was senior vice president, Marketing and Asset Global Components

Sapphire Energy, an algae-based technologies company, appointed biotechnology veteran James Levine as president, CEO and member of the board of directors. Levine replaces Cynthia Warner, who is stepping down from her post effective immediately. She will remain chairman of the company’s board of directors. Levine was formerly president and CEO of Verenium Corp.

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