Board of Directors
President and Chief Executive Officer of FuelCell Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq: FCEL), Mr. Bottone is helping to transform the global power industry with megawatt-class stationary fuel cell power plants that deliver on-site power cleanly and affordably. Mr. Bottone joined FuelCell Energy in 2010 to accelerate the adoption of the Company’s power generation solutions and was promoted to President and Chief Executive Officer in 2011. Mr. Bottone also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of FuelCell Energy Solutions, GmbH in Germany, the European business platform for stationary fuel cell power plants. Mr. Bottone has broad experience in the power generation industry including traditional central generation and alternative energy. Prior to joining FuelCell Energy,
Mr. Bottone spent 25 years at Ingersoll Rand, a diversified global industrial company, including President of the Energy Systems business, operational roles in Europe and Asia, as well as mergers & acquisitions. Mr. Bottone began his career as an engineer with the Southern Company.
Mr. Bottone earned an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1983, and earned a Certificate of Professional Development from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 2004.
Mr. Rolls was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors in March 2011. Mr. Rolls is Managing Partner of Core Capital Group and Principal of Cove Harbor Partners LLC., both of which are private investment partnerships. Previously, Mr. Rolls was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Deutsche Bank North America, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of United Technologies, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of RCA and Treasurer, Monsanto Company. Mr. Rolls is a Director of EDAC Technologies. Among other qualifications, Mr. Rolls has executive leadership experience as President and Chief Executive Officer of a leading global investment bank and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of a major public company. Mr. Rolls also has extensive financial expertise and a broad understanding of advanced technologies.
Mr. Browning serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas Inc., a thermal power generation systems company providing a wide variety of products and services for the electric power generation industry. Previously, Mr. Browning was President and Chief Executive Officer of Irving Oil Limited, a privately-held multi-billion dollar oil and gas processing, transporting and marketing company. Mr. Browning also led General Electric's Thermal Products division, a $7 billion division within the GE Power and Water business. As President and CEO of the Thermal Products division, Mr. Browning crafted strategy, launched new power generation products, and was actively involved in selling and executing many of the world's largest power generation projects. Prior to GE, Mr. Browning spent 12 years at Caterpillar including responsibility for the engineering, product development, manufacturing and supply chain of the industrial gas turbine business, Solar Turbine, and culminating in the position of Managing Director of MAK in the Marine & Petroleum Power division with responsibilities for manufacturing in Germany and China.
Mr. Browning provides executive leadership experience in power generation and global manufacturing including extensive experience with power generation projects in developed and developing countries.
Mr. England is a Corporate Director and the CEO of Stahlman-England Irrigation, Inc., a multi-service company. Prior to that, Mr. England spent 4 years as Chairman, President and CEO of Sweet Ripe Drinks, Ltd., a fruit beverage company. Prior to that, he spent 18 years at John Labatt Ltd., a $5 billon public company, and served as the company’s CFO from 1990-1993. Mr. England started his career with Arthur Andersen & Co. in Toronto after serving in the Canadian infantry. Mr. England is a director of Enbridge Inc., Enbridge Energy Management, LLC, Enbridge Energy Company, Inc. and is a past member of the board of directors of John Labatt Ltd., Canada Malting Co., Ltd., and the St. Clair Paint and Wallpaper Corporation. Among other qualifications, Mr. England has executive leadership experience including an in-depth understanding of corporate and international finance. He also has a deep insight into the energy industry and the needs, challenges and global opportunities of the Company in particular.
Mr. Hilzinger is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for USG Corporation, an international building products company, where he oversees all financial activities as well as strategic planning and information technology. Previously, he held a variety of finance roles at Exelon Corporation, advancing to Chief Financial Officer where he was responsible for finance and risk management. Prior to Exelon, Mr. Hilzinger was Chief Financial Officer at Credit Acceptance Corporation, Vice President Corporate Controller of Kmart Corporation, Vice President International Operations at Handelman Company and Manager, Audit Division at Arthur Andersen &Co.
Mr. Sotos serves as Senior Vice President-Strategy and Mergers and Acquisitions of NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG) since November 2012 and serves as a Director of NRG Yield (NYSE: NYLD) since May 2013. Prior to his current position, Mr. Sotos served as NRG’s Senior Vice President and Treasurer from March 2008 to September 2012. In this role, he was responsible for all treasury functions, including raising capital, valuation, debt administration and cash management. Mr. Sotos joined NRG in 2004 as a Senior Finance Analyst, following more than nine years in key financial roles within the energy sector and other industries for Houston-based companies such as Koch Capital Markets, Entergy Wholesale Operations and Service Corporation International. Mr. Sotos brings strong financial and accounting skills to the FuelCell Energy Board of Directors as well as power industry expertise.
Ms. von Althann is a Director of PPL Corporation, one of the largest investor-owned utilities in the U.S. with approximately 18,000 megawatts of power generation and is a Director of TD Bank US Holding Company and its two bank subsidiaries, TD Bank, N.A. and TD Bank USA, N.A. She was a founding partner of C&A Advisors, a consulting firm for financial services and risk management from 2009 to 2013, following her retirement in 2008 as the Senior Credit Risk Management Executive for Bank of America and Chief Credit Officer of U.S. Trust, an investment management company owned by Bank of America. Previously she spent 26 years with Citigroup in various leadership roles, including Division Executive - Latin America for the Citigroup Private Bank, Managing Director and Global Retail Industry Head, and Managing Director and co-head of the U.S. Telecommunications – Technology group for Citicorp Securities. Ms. von Althann provides executive leadership experience in finance and risk management including exposure to the banking and utility sectors.
Mr. West is Chairman of TLI Leadership Group, a strategic consulting firm, since 2006 and Chairman of Noblis, Inc., a nonprofit science, technology and strategy organization, since 2001. He serves on the boards of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc. and Bristol-Myers Squibb. He has practiced law as managing partner in the New York law firm of Patterson Belknap Webb and Tyler and was of counsel to the D.C. based law firm of Covington & Burling. Mr. West also served as General Counsel to the Departments of Defense and the Navy. He was Senior Vice President for Government Affairs with Northrop Corporation. Mr. West served as Secretary of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs from 1998 to 2000 and Secretary of the United States Army from 1993 to 1998. Among other qualifications, Mr. West has executive leadership experience in the private sector and at the highest levels of government. He brings an extensive background in the military, government, and legal profession to the Company.