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Leadership Team

Meet the team that’s leading the effort to transform industrial power.

Colin Wessells, PhD

Colin Wessells, PhD

CEO

Colin Wessells is Natron Energy’s co-founder and CEO. Colin cofounded Natron in 2012 with two advisors as a spin out of his PhD thesis in the materials science department at Stanford University. He has raised over $130 million in venture capital investments and government awards. He also served as principal investigator for two ARPA-E awards and six funded user proposals at the Molecular Foundry, a user facility at Lawrence Berkeley Lab. Colin is a co-inventor of twelve issued and allowed patents related to Natron’s unique Prussian blue cell chemistry and a coauthor of nineteen peer-reviewed papers. He holds PhD, MS, and BS degrees from Stanford in materials science and engineering.
Doug Countess

Doug Countess

COO

Doug Countess is the Chief Operating Officer at Natron Energy. Doug was formerly the Vice President of Manufacturing at First Solar, where he led the corporate transition from the Series 4 product to the Series 6 product. Prior to that, Doug built First Solar’s Program Management Office which guided and streamlined new technology development into international high volume manufacturing. Prior to joining First Solar, Doug held various Operations roles at Intel and Harley Davidson. He holds a MBA in Operations from Lebanon Valley and BS in Electrical and Computer System Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Ali Firouzi, PhD

Ali Firouzi, PhD

Vice President, Technology

Ali Firouzi is Vice President of Technology at Natron Energy. Ali has 20 years of industrial experience with energy storage spanning a broad range of battery technologies from flow batteries, to alkaline systems, to intercalation chemistries. In 2005, he co-founded Deeya Energy (later known as Imergy Power Systems) which successfully commercialized flow batteries for Telecom applications in emerging economies. Ali earned degrees in Bachelor of Science and Doctorate of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering from University of Minnesota and University of California at Santa Barbara, respectively. Dr. Firouzi holds 12 issued patents and is well-published in international journals, including three in the journal Science.
Jack Pouchet

Jack Pouchet

Vice President, Sales

Jack Pouchet is the Vice President of Sales at Natron Energy. Jack joined Natron in early 2019 to lead the company’s customer engagement in critical power markets including the data center and telecom UPS markets. Jack has over twenty years of executive leadership experience in high technology firms, including Vertiv (formerly Emerson Network Power), where he was Vice President of Business Development and was the top sales executive for the Hyperscale Solutions group. As one of a handful of executive leaders who have built hyperscale solutions businesses from scratch, Jack is widely recognized as a thought leader in the critical power space. Jack holds a MBA from California Pacific University.
Ron Mosso

Ron Mosso

Vice President, Operations

Ron Mosso is Vice President of Operations for Strategic Materials at Natron Energy. Ron has been with Natron since 2017, developing key supply relationships with critical materials and component partners. Ron has over forty years’ experience bringing new products from R&D to commercialization. Most recently, Mr Mosso, was the CTO of EnerVault corporation, a grid-scale electrochemical energy storage company. There, he led the technology development and scale-up from bench-scale systems to a full-scale field demonstration plant. Previously, Mr. Mosso has held executive positions in product development and operations for photonics, solar cell, nano-materials, polymer, and power systems product companies including NanoGram, NeoPhotonics and Raychem Corporation.
Maggie Dinno

Maggie Dinno

Chief People Officer

Maggie Dinno is the Chief People Officer for Natron Energy. She is a successful and forward-thinking HR leader with extensive global business partner and operations experience. She has over 20 years of demonstrated capabilities in strategic planning, process improvement, change management, cross-functional team leadership and development, M & A, employee engagement, and employment law and compliance. Prior to Natron, Maggie held leadership positions at eBay, Inc. and Aspect Communications. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from San Jose State University.

Board of Directors

François Gabella

François Gabella

Chairman

Colin Wessells, PhD

Colin Wessells, PhD

Board member

Aymeric Sallin

Aymeric Sallin

Board member

Jay Parikh

Jay Parikh

Board member

Sanjay Jha

Sanjay Jha

Board member