Sonnedix is led by executives with global experience in project financing and asset management, engineering and operations, and every aspect of the renewable energy value chain. They work together to ensure Sonnedix contributes to smartly expanding the adoption and impact of solar power, while growing sustainably, profitably, and responsibly.
Carlos Guinand is one of the founders of Sonnedix and has served as the company’s Chairman of the Board since 2012, managing all aspects of the company’s governance and performance. He is instrumental in setting the strategic direction and growth of the company, especially when it comes to providing his knowledge on international governance and operational issues. He is also the Chair of the Performance and the Human Resource & Compensation Committees.
Over the course of his career, Carlos has gained wide-ranging expertise across industries: he’s been a successful entrepreneur in various businesses over the last 20 years; has gained significant experience overseeing a portfolio of private equity investments in South America and Europe; and he’s also been a Managing Director of Editorial Arte, a leading printing and publishing company in South America, for the last 18 years.
Carlos attended Law School at UCAB Venezuelan.
Coming to work each day is exciting for Carlos because Sonnedix is all about passion and purpose to him. Participating in the global energy transformation is one of his great joys, as is seeing how the company he helped found is positively impacting society.
Axel Thiemann became CEO of Sonnedix in September 2018 after serving as a member of the senior leadership team and Board of Directors. Since joining Sonnedix in 2011, Axel has played a fundamental role in its evolution, initially based in London, as COO with responsibility for Asset Management, Finance, HR and E&C, and more recently based in Miami, overseeing M&A, integration and strategy during a four year period when the company experienced five-fold growth.
Prior to joining Sonnedix, Axel spent seven years in banking and held various senior roles with Barclays Bank in London. Before this he was a consultant with McKinsey and Company in Cologne, Germany. Axel graduated as an Electrical Engineer from Hannover University in Germany and holds an MBA from IESE Business School, Spain.
To Axel, the most special thing about Sonnedix is its team of bright and passionate people across four continents that have come together to create a sustainable future for the world.
Mr. Josipovic is a Vice President and an Investment Principal in the Infrastructure Investments Group at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, based in New York.
He currently has investment and asset management responsibilities for Sonnedix Power Holdings and North Queensland Airports. He has previously also worked across some of the fund’s investments in thermal power generation and water and wastewater.
Prior to joining J.P. Morgan in 2016, Mr. Josipovic spent three years in the infrastructure investment team at IFM Investors in Melbourne, Australia. In that role, he was responsible for transaction execution and asset management across a range of sectors, primarily focusing on transportation and utilities. He began his career at National Australia Bank, first as a graduate in the wholesale banking analyst program and then in the bank’s infrastructure project finance team in Sydney.
Mr. Josipovic graduated from The University of Adelaide with a double degree of Bachelor of Laws (Honors) and Bachelor of Finance.
Susan Gonzalez is an experienced non-executive director and senior consultant known for her strategic planning, asset management and development expertise. Susan currently advises private equity clients in the energy and infrastructure sectors. From 1998 to 2018, Susan was General Counsel, Managing Board member and Secretary of InterGen N.V., a global independent power producer and ancillary services company with extensive international operations. Susan was recognized as an expert in the areas of risk management, governance and compliance in the senior executive team that took InterGen from a greenfield development company to a ‘best in class’ operating and development company, taking over 20 projects to completion, achieving $24+ billion in corporate and project financing.
Prior to this, Susan was Senior Counsel at Stratus Computer, an international hardware and software company, and General Counsel for Major Australia Timber, where she guided the start-up of this international timber trading company operating in Australia, Singapore and China. Before this, Susan was a Staff Attorney at United Technologies Corp (Sikorsky Aircraft).
From 2006 to 2018 Susan was an Advisory Board Member to FM Global, a global commercial and property insurance company.
Susan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, a Juris Doctorate from Suffolk University Law School and a Certificate in Comparative Law from the Universite Jean Moulin, France. She is admitted to the State Bar of Michigan and is an active member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and the American College of Corporate Directors.
Karen J. Plessinger is an independent board director with more than thirty years of energy and utility finance, investment and private equity experience. A knowledgeable non-executive director, Karen currently serves as chair for the SouthWest Water Company and member of the audit & risk committee, and was previously a member of the compensation committee and chair of the strategic growth committee.
As one of the founding members of ArcLight Capital Partners in 2001, Karen helped establish the firm’s strategy in private equity investment in power and energy assets, from startup to $5.0 billion in committed funds. She worked extensively with portfolio company management teams and boards in the midstream and regulated areas before becoming a consultant for the firm from 2009-2010. Prior to joining ArcLight, Karen was the Managing Director of Shoreline Utility Advisors for two years and Utilities Research Director at Angelo Gordon, where she was co-portfolio manager/analyst of hedged utility funds and advised the risk-arbitrage desk and distressed desk on utility positions. Before this, Karen spent two years as the utility analyst at Merrill Lynch Asset Management’s (now BlackRock) Global Utility Fund, and two years as the utility analyst at Franklin Resources (now Franklin Templeton).
Karen has a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she is the past president and member of the College of Business Finance Advisory Board.
Mr. Stavnsbo currently serves as a Chairman and board member of several Danish unlisted companies, including Chairman of the 110 KM Light Rail System of Aarhus, the 2nd largest municipality in Denmark. Mr. Stavnsbo is a member of the Sustainability Committee and a former member of the Municipal Board of the City of Aarhus. Mr. Stavnsbo is also a Deputy Chairman of the 600+ membership Business Council of the City of Aarhus.
Previously, Mr. Stavnsbo has held senior executive roles within the wind energy industry globally since the mid 1990’s, including Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing at listed Danish wind turbine supplier NEG Micon (Now Vestas), CEO at global developer, owner & operator Global Renewable Energy Partners (GREP) and Global Head of Wind Energy at listed Allco Finance Group (AFG), global financier, owner & operator of wind farms. Prior to joining the wind industry, Mr. Stavnsbo was Chief Financial Officer at OMX-CPH listed Schouw & Co., a mid-cap Danish industrial conglomerate.
Mr. Stavnsbo holds an MBA (International Finance & Marketing) from the Aarhus School of Business, Denmark, an INSEAD Certificate in Board Governance and a Board Masterclass Certificate from Copenhagen Business School, CBS.
Strategy Consultant and Private Investor; Co-Founder and Principal, The KT Family Trust (a private revocable trust) and Managing Principal, TBL Strategy (a strategic advisory firm).
Petros Kitsos is widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent strategic advisors in the Aerospace, Defense and Diversified Industrial sectors where his advisory and transactional involvement and expertise have contributed to the significant and successful growth of a variety of companies in the past twenty-two years.
Mr. Kitsos is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hamilton College, and holds an MBA with honors from Harvard Business School. He also attended St. Antony’s College, Oxford.
The KT Family Trust is a private investment entity that focuses on significant minority investments in businesses geared towards industrial manufacturing and energy independence. TBL Strategy provides strategic advisory and consulting services to C-level executives across a broad array of industries.
Mr. Kitsos enjoyed a distinguished fifteen-year career in investment banking with Citigroup, Salomon Smith Barney and Salomon Brothers where, among other responsibilities, he served as Head of the Global Defense & Aerospace Group, Head of Western Region Mergers & Acquisitions and Co-Head of the Los Angeles office.
Mr. Kitsos served as Alumni Trustee of Hamilton College from 2004 to 2008 and as Alumnus Trustee of Anatolia High School from 1999 to 2003. He also served (from 2006 until 2011) as Director and chair of the Compensation Committee of a public company in which the Trust was (at that time) a significant investor.
Sonnedix Power Holdings Limited (collectively with its subsidiaries, “Sonnedix”) is majority owned by institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management, attesting to our company’s stability, value and long-term potential. We aim to grow sustainably and create value by leveraging our prudent capital structure and sponsorship and investing in high-quality assets with predictable cash flows. We are also continuously building and executing upon a pipeline of new projects and M&A opportunities.
Our Group’s parent company is Sonnedix Power Holdings. The Group prepares consolidated accounts under IFRS for this Group. Separately, the Group also prepares consolidated accounts for Sonnedix Italia SpA (Italy), VE Sonnedix Equityco, S.L (Spain), Sonnedix España Equityco, S.L.(Spain) and Sonnedix España Finance 2, S.L.(Spain) — these are available here on our website.
The Group has 4 publicly-listed bonds, which were used to finance assets in the abovementioned groups.