Meet the team that’s leading the effort to transform industrial power.
Colin Wessells, PhD
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.
Chief Financial Officer
Forrest Baringer-Jones is the Chief Financial Officer at Natron Energy. Forrest joined Natron in 2021 to drive all aspects of Natron’s financial operations and G&A function including financial planning, accounting, investor relations, HR, tax, and legal. Forrest was formerly the CFO at Synthego, where he helped build the Company from 30 to over 275 employees. Before Synthego, Forrest was the CFO at ConcreteWorks, and the CEO at JOBY. He was also a private equity investor at both Soros Private Equity Partners and TowerBrook Capital Partners, and an investment banker at Merrill Lynch. He holds an MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar and a BS in International Economics from Georgetown University.
Rob Rogan, PhD
Chief Business Officer
Rob Rogan is the Chief Business Officer at Natron Energy. Rob was formerly the Senior Director of Strategy & Business Development at SunPower, where he led the Commercial Business Unit to over $500M in annual revenue. He also built SunPower’s energy storage business from scratch to become the market leader in less than three years, resulting in a realignment of company objectives to include storage as a key pillar of the business. Prior to joining SunPower, Rob held executive leadership roles at eSolar and Bionic Harvest. He holds a PhD in materials science from CalTech and a BS in Physics from Boston College.
Ali Firouzi, PhD
Vice President, R&D
Ali Firouzi is Vice President of R&D 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.
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.
Vice President, Engineering
Paul Krueger is the Vice President of Engineering at Natron Energy. Paul was formerly Vice President of Engineering at Lithium Werks. Prior to this, he was initially Senior Director and later Vice President of Engineering at Valence Technology, also a Li-ion battery company. In these roles, he was responsible for development and commercialization of battery modules and battery management systems, as well as applications engineering to provide customer technical support. Paul has held engineering management and technical procurement roles at Hewlett Packard, Agilent Technologies, and PMC-Sierra. Paul holds a MS in electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Vice President, Operations
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.
Vice President, Operations
Doug Countess is a Vice President of Operations 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.