Sungevity appoints new chief global officer as it expands in Europe


U.S. solar company Sungevity, Inc., has named Jan Slaghekke to the new position of Chief Global Officer.

Slaghekke is responsible for managing Sungevity’s expansion and strategic relationships in key markets outside the U.S., including its partnership with European utility giant E.ON, with which it’s working to enter the German market. The German launch is expected to grow Sungevity’s European footprint, building on its business in the Netherlands where it launched a partnership with E.ON last year.

"Global expansion is a top business priority for Sungevity, and our planned entry into Germany is a testament to the success of our platform business model," said Sungevity CEO Andrew Birch. "We are laser-focused on continuing to grow our solar services worldwide and Jan’s leadership will be instrumental in this continued expansion."

Prior to joining Sungevity, Slaghekke held executive positions around the globe with BP plc for almost two decades, including the management of BP Alternative Energy’s Wind and Thermal Power business across Europe and Asia. Earlier in his career, Slaghekke advised Vestas Wind Systems in the area of organizational restructuring.

Sungevity’s strategic move into Germany follows other recent growth initiatives, including its launch to service the small-scale commercial and industrial market, the opening of a new sales and operations center in Kansas City, Missouri, and the launch of its services in North Carolina.