Former SunPower EVP Julie Blunden joins ClimateWorks as new CEO

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The former executive vice president of SunPower Corp., Julie Blunden, will begin her new role as ClimateWorks CEO on May 21, 2012, after being appointed by the foundation’s board of directors. The resignation of Hal Harvey as the foundation’s CEO last December initiated a worldwide search for a new chief executive officer, led by a ClimateWorks subcommittee and headed by Bank of America chairman Chad Holliday.

Julie Blunden has 25 years of experience in the energy industry and helped to expand SunPower into one of the world’s largest solar companies. Prior to her tenure at SunPower, Blunden co-founded clean energy product retailer, Green Mountain Energy Company, which has grown into one of the US’s largest carbon offset solution providers.

Blunden supervised the global development of power generation projects as AES Corp. development manager and has a wealth of experience in the energy policy sector, at an industrial and non-profit level. The new ClimateWorks CEO also sits on the boards of several non-profit clean energy companies.

“My career has provided me with great insight into the potential pace of technological change in the energy industry. However, technology is not the limitation to lowering global carbon emissions, rather it is market design, public policy and business engagement,” commented Julie Blunden.

ClimateWorks Foundation chairman William Reilly added, “Julie has spent her entire career focused on the nexus of energy technology, policy, and markets. As ClimateWorks enters the next phase of its continuing evolution, we’re excited to have Julie’s strong leadership and deep expertise to help drive us toward a low-carbon future.”

The appointment has received strong backing from ClimateWorks’ major donors.

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