David has nearly 30 years of international experience in cleantech, energy and telecoms, latterly in executive leadership roles and board positions with private equity-backed companies. David has devoted a significant portion of his career to leading business transformation and growth driven by disruptive technology and regulatory reform.
Currently, David serves as CEO of Connecthing International, a technology-enabled company that operates the leading energy switching platforms for TPIs in the Netherlands and Germany, where he is executing a growth strategy based on international expansion through M&A and digital transformation.
Previously, David established the European business for Uplight (formerly Tendril Networks), the leading provider of SaaS based energy efficiency and data analytics solutions dedicated solely to serving the energy ecosystem, with over than 80 utility clients around the world.
Prior to that, David worked with Shaun Kingsbury, John Cavalier and Daniel Gross at Hudson Clean Energy Partners in a variety of roles as an operating partner in the US, Europe and China and as CEO of a Spanish portfolio company focused on wind power grid integration. David’s time with Hudson followed nine years in the energy sector in senior positions at leading Dutch utilities Vattenfall (formerly Nuon), where he served as commercial director, and Eneco, where he served as managing director of the retail division, and at a European solar PV business. During the same period David also served as a non-executive director for close to ten years with a foldable freight container company dedicated to lowering carbon emissions by reducing empty container transport.
David began his career at Dutch telecom provider KPN (and KPNQwest) across a variety of roles in engineering, marketing and sales, business development, product management and M&A in Europe and in Asia.
David holds an honours degree in Electronic Engineering with specialisation in telecoms and digital signal processing, from University College Dublin. David is also an alumnus of INSEAD and UCLA where he has followed various executive programs.