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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 in sustainable, clean, renewable energy. Our Board of Directors and Executive Management Team consist 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 A. 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 – Biographies

Robert Allen Piconi

Co-Founder &
Chief Executive Officer

Robert Piconi is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Energy Vault, responsible for the overall vision, strategic direction and operational performance of the company. Robert’s experience includes prior Executive leadership roles in Fortune 100 public companies across various industries including Diversified Energy (Amoco/British Petroleum), Telecommunications (Bell Labs Lucent Technologies), and Security/Network Management Software (Danaher Corporation). Within the private sector, he also founded and developed several innovative Healthcare service and medical device companies within the European market which were later acquired by Private Equity funds and/or large industry conglomerates. Robert completed his BS/BBA undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame and his graduate MBA studies at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Richard Cooperstein

Executive Vice President &
Chief Financial Officer

Richard Cooperstein is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Energy Vault, responsible for various aspects of the Company’s Finance, IT, Legal, Compliance, Corporate Development, and related functions. Richard’s experience includes executive leadership roles in various industries within the Fortune 500 public sector and private sectors including Investment Management (Media Investment Group, MIG Tech Advisors and Mooncrest Capital), Social Media Technology (Facebook) where he led exponential business and subscriber growth in all international regions outside the United States, and Media and Entertainment (Walt Disney, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros.) where he was CFO and head of other related financial functions. Richard’s education includes degrees and program completion in AB Economics/Government, MBA, and Executive Program (Harvard College, Harvard Business & Law), and M.Phil (Cambridge University). Richard has held series 7 and 63 licenses with FINRA.

Andrea Pedretti

Co-Founder &
Chief Technology Officer

Andrea Pedretti is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Energy Vault responsible for technology innovation. Prior to Energy Vault, Andrea founded and served as Chief Technology Officer in multiple solar and renewable technology companies. Andrea holds over 25 patents worldwide for renewable energy, including solar fuel, storage, and heliostat design applications. Andrea completed his Masters of Science (MS) in Engineering at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich, Switzerland.

Merrick Kerr

Chief Commercial Officer

Merrick Kerr is the Chief Commercial Officer of Energy Vault responsible for global commercial deployment. Merrick has prior experience in Executive, Financial, & Commercial roles within Energy/Renewable sectors (Advsuab, Foster Wheeler AG, eSolar, Rentech, PPM Energy, PacifiCorp, and Scottish Power). Merrick has over 25 years of Energy industry experience, holding senior financial and commercial roles with renewable energy companies. Merrick earned his BSc in Social Sciences from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Marco Terruzzin

Chief Product Officer

Marco Terruzzin is Chief Product Officer of Energy Vault, responsible for product vision, innovation, and design. Marco is a product innovator and internationally recognized expert in climate change mitigation strategies (200+ renewable energy projects, $3 billion in power purchase agreement), with proven track record of growing businesses at the intersection of clean-tech (renewable energy + environmental markets) and digitization. Founding advisor (Energy Block chain Consortium), Diversified Energy Sector (E.ON Climate & Renewables, GE, Evolution Markets, Roland Berger Management Consulting). Marco holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering and a PhD in Energy Economics from the University of Padua (Italy), and earned his MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business.

Laurence Alexander

Chief Marketing Officer

Laurence Alexander is Chief Marketing Officer of Energy Vault, responsible for global deployment of the marketing communications strategy for the company. Laurence has held Board positions and Executive Leadership Roles leading global brand strategy across a range of business sectors. His professional experience includes Marketing/Sales Enablement (Early WMC); Platform CMO – Security/Network Mgmt. (Danaher Corporation), Telecom (Emblaze, World Online, Genie, British Telecom, o2, SAB). Laurence is renowned for his relentless energy, delivering unparalleled rates of commercial and investment growth for multiple business. He has led and successfully managed several businesses from start up, M&A, and IPO into public companies and into trade sales. Laurence studied in Brighton (UK) and obtained an HND in Business Studies.

Board of Directors – Biographies

Bill Gross

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

Bill Gross is Co-Founder 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 (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 Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California Institute of Technology, where he serves on the board of trustees.

Robert Allen Piconi

Co-Founder &
Chief Executive Officer

Robert Piconi is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Energy Vault, responsible for the overall vision, strategic direction and operational performance of the company. Robert’s experience includes prior Executive leadership roles in Fortune 100 public companies across various industries including Diversified Energy (Amoco/British Petroleum), Telecommunications (Bell Labs Lucent Technologies), and Security/Network Management Software (Danaher Corporation). Within the private sector, he also founded and developed several innovative Healthcare service and medical device companies within the European market which were later acquired by Private Equity funds and/or large industry conglomerates. Robert completed his BS/BBA undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame and his graduate MBA studies at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

Andreas Hansson

Partner, Softbank Investment Advisors

Andreas Hansson is a Partner in the investment team at SoftBank Investment Advisers and a Member of the Energy Vault Board of Directors. Andreas joined Arm Ltd, UK, where he held various leadership positions in the research organisation and commercial operations. In 2015, he 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. Andreas 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.

Swaroop ‘Kittu’ Kolluri

Founder & Managing Director, Neotribe Ventures

Swaroop ‘Kittu’ Kolluri is Founder/Managing Director of Neotribe Ventures and is a Member of the Energy Vault Board of Directors. In a career spanning three decades, with success as a serial entrepreneur, CEO, senior operating executive, & venture capitalist. Kittu co-founded his first start-up (Healtheon/ WebMD) which went public in 1999. He then served as the founding CEO (Neoteris), ran enterprise security and routing business as EVP/GM (Juniper Networks) before becoming a General Partner at (NEA) in 2006. Kittu launched Neotribe Ventures in early 2017, with successful investments across multiple sectors in industrial tech, software and renewable energy. Kittu received an MS in Operations Research from University at Buffalo and is a distinguished alumnus of Indian Institute of Technology (ITT), Madras where he studied Mechanical Engineering.