Girish Paranjpe to head Bloom Energy International
Bloom Energy International to focus on extending Bloom Energy’s presence worldwide
Sunnyvale, CA – May 26, 2011 — Bloom Energy, a Silicon Valley-based provider of breakthrough solid oxide fuel cell technology that produces clean, reliable, affordable onsite power, announced that Mr. Girish Paranjpe will head Bloom Energy International as Managing Director. Mr. Paranjpe will report to KR Sridhar, Principal Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Bloom Energy.
As part of his role, Mr. Paranjpe will be responsible for developing the global market for Bloom Energy’s presence beyond the US. Mr. Paranjpe will also focus on creating new solutions around the Bloom Energy Server, and the flagship Bloom Electrons offering. In an effort to ensure that clean energy reaches millions around the world, Mr. Paranjpe will lead Bloom Energy’s initiative in partnering with energy industry innovators, and leading solution and infrastructure providers.
Announcing his appointment, KR Sridhar said, “We are extremely happy to have Girish on board. Bloom Energy today is at an inflection point, having developed and proven the technology in California, it is now time to expand our markets. Girish will help us start the journey of taking the promise of Bloom’s technology to the global marketplace. I am confident that Girish will build a strong worldwide organization that will make a significant impact on distributed generation solutions.”
Commenting on his new role, Mr. Girish Paranjpe said, “The opportunity with Bloom is quite exciting for multiple reasons. Bloom’s ability to generate clean, reliable and affordable baseload power is unique, and its technology will have a far-reaching impact for businesses and society. Throughout the world, both developed and emerging countries are looking for breakthrough alternatives to fulfil growing electricity needs. Bloom is at the cusp of a new beginning and there is an opportunity for me to do something significant, similar to what I did as part of the IT industry. Initially, we will enter a select few geographies, yet to be finalized, that have the following key attributes: unmet customer needs, the right policy environment, support for the right infrastructure, and strategic like-minded domestic partners. I look forward to introducing this innovative and sustainable energy solution to the rest of the world.”
Prior to joining Bloom Energy International, Mr. Paranjpe was the Co-Chief Executive Officer of Wipro’s IT Business and was an Executive Director on the Board of Wipro Limited. He jointly carried responsibility for the strategy and operations of Wipro’s IT Business. He represented Wipro and the IT Industry in various public forums including the Prime Minister's Task Force on Information Technology, the NASSCOM, and at leading global business schools. Mr. Paranjpe is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India.
About Bloom Energy
Bloom Energy is a provider of breakthrough solid oxide fuel cell technology that generates clean, highly-efficient power onsite from virtually any fuel source. Bloom Energy’s mission is to make clean, reliable energy affordable for everyone in the world. The Bloom Energy Server is currently producing power for several Fortune 500 companies such as Adobe, Caltech, eBay, FedEx, Google, Staples, and Walmart. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA. For more information, visit www.bloomenergy.com.