Second Group of Clean Energy Council Fellows Unveiled

5/4/09Follow @wroush

As we reported in February, the New England Clean Energy Council extensively revised its executive retraining fellowship program in preparation for its second year. Most notably, the council decided to recruit twice as many people as last year. But it also said it would expand its focus beyond former CEOs to people from other levels of business, and that it would recruit not just New Englanders but also a few executives from outside the region.

Today the official list of selectees for the 2009 fellowships leaked out—so we’re getting a look at the people the Council sees as the potential next generation of energy entrepreneurs.

The 12-week fellowship is designed to introduce executives with experience in other industries, especially information technology, to the special factors that make building energy startups tricky—from technological hurdles to the regulatory environment to community siting issues.

Notable names on this year’s list include former Atlas Venture partner Ahmet Ozalp, Athenahealth founding CTO Bob Gatewood, former Macromedia and Adobe executive David Mendels, former Black Duck CEO Doug Levin, and Bill O’Farrell, who co-founded and led both SpeechWorks and OpenAir.com.

Here’s the full list:

Michael Bayer—co-founder, RPM Communications, Maynard, MA

Jeffrey Carbeck—chief scientist, Nano-Terra, co-founder, Arsenal Medical, Boston

Brian Cohen—former CEO, SPI Dynamics, Atlanta, GA (acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2007)

Maureen Ellenberger—founder and former CEO, auctionPAL, Waltham, MA

Brian Fitzsimons—founder and co-CEO, DeskNet, Jersey City, NJ

Bob Gatewood—founding CTO, Athenahealth, Watertown, MA

Elena Grinev—former vice president of service delivery, Akamai, Cambridge, MA

Brad Hafer—managing director, Minuteman Advisory Partners, Bedford, MA

John Hanratty—founder, Ampient, Cambridge, MA

Todd Hasselbeck—CEO, Common Voices, Boston

Marni Hoyle—former vice president of marketing, ProfitLogic, Cambridge, MA (acquired by Oracle in 2005)

Ken Jones—co-founder and former CEO, WaveRx, Waltham, MA

Douglas Levin—former CEO, Black Duck Software, Waltham, MA

Patricia Meisner—co-founder, Redtail Solutions, Westborough, MA

David Mendels—former senior vice president and general manager of the Business Productivity Business Unit, Adobe Systems, San Jose, CA

Stuart Nixdorff—vice president of business development, OutSmart Power Systems, Needham, MA

William O’Farrell—co-founder and former CEO, SpeechWorks, Boston, (acquired by Nuance in 2003); co-founder and CEO, OpenAir (acquired by NetSuite in 2008); former CEO, Public Display, Providence, RI

Mike O’Neill—former vice president of Military/Aerospace & Communications Products, ON Semiconductor, Phoenix, AZ; former general partner, Kodiak Venture Partners, Boston.

Ahmet Ozalp—former partner, Atlas Venture, Waltham, MA

Tandhoni Rao—founder and former CEO, Radiospire Networks

Paul Sereiko—president and CEO, Airsprite Technologies, Marlborough, MA

Peter Vandermeulen—founder, BlueShift Technologies, Andover, MA

Peter Vicars—CEO, NewStep Networks, Toronto, Ontario

Jeffrey Weiss—venture partner, Point Judith Capital, Providence, RI

Lorraine Wheeler—co-founder and CEO, Actual Software, Andover, MA (acquired by Palm in 2000), co-founder, Zeemote, Chelmsford, MA

Wade Roush is a contributing editor at Xconomy. Follow @wroush

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