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Company Information

At Energy Vault, we envision a planet where science and deep respect for our natural resources herald creative technological advancements is sustainable, clean, renewable energy. Driven by expertise, passion and transformational innovation, the Energy Vault storage tower is a sustainable utility scale, gravity-based energy storage solution.

Team

Our Board of Directors and Executive Management Team consists of experienced industry professionals with deep technical backgrounds in mechanical energy storage as well as energy storage market and customer requirements.

Board Of Directors

Bill Gross
Co-Founder, Energy Vault
Chairman & CEO,
Idealab Studio

Robert Piconi
Co-Founder &
Chief Executive Officer,
Energy Vault

Andreas Hansson
Partner,
Softbank Investment
Advisors

Swaroop ‘Kittu’ Kolluri
Founder &
Managing Director
Neotribe Ventures

Executive Management Team

Robert Piconi
Co-Founder &
Chief Executive Officer,

Andrea Pedretti
Co-Founder & Chief
Technology Officer

Merrick Kerr
Chief Commercial
Officer

Biographies

Andrea Pedretti

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer

Andrea Pedretti is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Energy Vault. Prior to Energy Vault, Andrea founded and served as the CTO of a number of technology companies. He is the inventor of more than 25 patents worldwide for a variety of civil engineering and energy applications.

Andreas Hansson

Partner, Softbank Investment Advisors

Andreas Hansson Partner in the investment team at SoftBank Investment Advisers and a Member of the Energy Vault Board of Directors. He received an MSc in computer science and engineering from Lund Institute of Technology, Sweden, in 2005. The same year he joined Philips Research as part of an industrial PhD in electrical engineering. In 2009 he graduated, cum laude, from Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. He then joined Arm Ltd, UK, where he held various leadership positions in the research organisation and commercial operations.

In 2015 Andreas became a technical adviser to the Executive Vice President and later also the CTO, leading a number of activities around technology exploration and incubation in the Arm executive team. He was seconded to SoftBank Investment Advisers in 2017 and joined as an investor in 2018.

Bill Gross

Co-Founder, Energy Vault Chairman & CEO,
Idealab Studio

Bill is Co-Founder and Chairman of Energy Vault and Founder and Chairman of leading technology incubator Idealab. Currently, Bill is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Idealab Studio, a new venture that builds upon the storied legacy of Idealab. Over the last 23 years, Idealab has created and operated more than 150 companies, created more than 10,000 jobs, and had more than 45 successful IPOs and acquisitions in the areas of renewable energy, software, online advertising, Internet services, robotics, social media, and transportation.

Among the companies begun at Idealab are Overture Services, Internet Brands, RayTracker, and Picasa. Many of these companies were among the first to introduce new business ideas to the market and have helped to shape the technology landscape. Bill received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California Institute of Technology, where he serves on the board of trustees.

Merrick Kerr

Chief Commercial Officer

Merrick Kerr is the Chief Commercial Officer of Energy Vault. Merrick has over 25 years of Energy industry experience, holding senior financial and commercial roles with renewable energy companies. He played a significant part in the deployment of more than 1GW of wind and solar.

Merrick earned his BSc in Social Sciences from the University of Edinburgh and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Robert Piconi

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer,
Energy Vault

Robert Piconi is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Energy Vault and a Member of the Energy Vault Board of Directors.

Robert brings a wealth of diverse experience through his prior executive leadership roles at Fortune 100 public companies, including Diversified Energy (Amoco/British Petroleum), Telecommunications Infrastructure (Bell Labs Lucent Technologies, Alcatel), and Security/Network Management (Danaher Corporation).

Robert earned his BS/BBA undergraduate degrees from the University of Notre Dame and his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Swaroop ‘Kittu’ Kolluri

Founder & Managing Director, Neotribe Ventures

Swaroop ‘Kittu’ Kolluri is a Member of the Energy Vault Board of Directors.
In a career spanning three decades, Kittu has experienced success as a serial entrepreneur, CEO, senior operating executive, and venture capitalist. Kittu is a Distinguished Alumnus of IIT Madras.

He started his career as a software engineer at Silicon Graphics, and later co-founded his first startup, Healtheon/WebMD, which went public in 1999. He then served as the founding CEO of Neoteris, a company respected as much for its stellar team, fiscal management, and culture, as its category creation and leading SSL-based access technology. Following Neoteris’ acquisition, he ran the enterprise security and routing business as EVP/GM at Juniper Networks before becoming a General Partner at NEA in 2006. Kittu left NEA at the end of 2016 to launch Neotribe Ventures in early 2017 with the mission of investing in breakthrough technologies that stretch the imagination!

As an investor, Kittu has been actively involved with such companies as Aruba Networks, Bloom Energy, The Climate Corporation, Box, Robinhood, Metromile, Velocloud, Cyence, ClearMotion, and MindTickle. He is profiled by acclaimed author Michael Lewis in his book The New New Thing. In March 2016, Kittu was named as one of the Top 100 Venture Capitalists by New York Times/CBInsights and is recognized as one of the best early stage investors in the industry.