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Published on January 8th, 2016 | by Guest Contributor


Allen Austin Enters the Cleantech Realm

The transition away from our current fossil fuel-based energy system and toward a cleaner, more sustainable energy future calls for a new generation of leadership. These C-level and executive positions could be filled by those with experience in the traditional energy sector, or by people with strong skills in the emerging renewable energy or technology industries, or by those with entrepreneurial backgrounds, who may offer a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities available to cleantech businesses.

“So, where do organizations go to find the right leaders to drive the Companies into the future?  Do leaders who have operated in more traditional oil and gas organizations have the right level of entrepreneurial experience that’s going to be required to operate in the new energy economy?  Or, can traditional technology leaders be effective leaders if they have no experience with power or transportation sectors?”

Cleantech and renewable energy companies looking for the right high-performance candidates for leadership positions, including those people with the vision and the appropriate skills to manage rapidly growing businesses, now have another option in the executive search process — Allen Austin’s Power & Cleantech Practice*.

Allen Austin, the global executive search firm based in Houston, Texas, has long been a leader in building cohesive, high-performance teams and leadership solutions, with a number of focused industry practice groups led by experienced industry consultants. This search and recruiting approach, along with the development of a proprietary process called FORESIGHT, has resulted in the company experiencing a 92% retention rate at the two-year mark, and a 98% acceptance rate, and its new Power & Cleantech Practice promises to deliver the same results to the renewables and cleantech industry.

“The core purpose of Allen Austin’s Power and Cleantech Practice is to identify and enable a generation of leaders undertaking one of the most important business challenges of the 21st century; global energy and environmental sustainability. We consider it a privilege to play a part in this community of creative, innovative and transformative organizations creating a better earth for generations to come.”

The new Power & Cleantech Practice will be led by the Managing Partner of Allen Austin Houston, Jim Thompson, and will focus on a number of “critical growth areas” in this sector, including solar, wind, fuel cells, energy storage, smart grid, waste-to-energy, energy efficiency, clean air and water technologies, and others.

“Jim is the right Power & Clean Technology Practice Leader. As a former industry executive he brings more than 30 years of international experience in both traditional and renewable power generation. Jim and his team are the best I’ve ever seen at identifying client challenge areas and offering insight and solutions – far beyond filling a simply filling an open seat.” -Rob Andrews, CEO & Founder of Allen Austin

More information on the new practice can be found at Allen Austin Power & Cleantech.

*This post has been generously supported by Allen Austin.

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