Transforming the way people all over the world use and pay for energy requires exceptional leaders. d.light’s executive team is comprised of accomplished professionals, driven by a common goal: creating a new energy future where everyone is empowered to enjoy the freedom and improved quality of life that comes with access to reliable, affordable solar power.
Donn Tice, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Donn was named chairman and CEO of d.light in 2010, two years after his involvement as an advisor and director at d.light. He brings 30 years of experience in consumer products, clean technology, and global distribution. Donn has built $100+ million global businesses and raised $100 million in capital. As founder of Sustainable Solutions (2006–2010), Donn accelerated consumer venture, capital-backed portfolio companies. While CEO of start-up Nano-Tex (2003–2006), his team expanded distribution to 90 brands in 30 countries through 100 distribution partners, creating a 25x valuation increase. As CEO of Winterland (1997–2002), Donn grew sales 3.5x, from $30 million to $110 million. His passion for base-of-the-pyramid consumers began as a United Nations Fellow, during which Donn was mentored by the late C.K. Prahalad.
Al Wood, Chief Financial Officer
Al spent over a decade with the United States Treasury and leading global public accounting firms Arthur Young and Arthur Andersen, with postings in London, Paris, Brussels, Washington, D.C. and the San Francisco Bay Area. After several years of operating experience in Silicon Valley technology companies, Al led the spinout and 2003 IPO of mobile device operating system company PalmSource. Al was later recruited to Veraz Networks, a telecom equipment manufacturer selling throughout the developing world including Africa, Latin America, and India. He led Veraz’s successful 2007 IPO, and later merged it with larger Dialogic, serving as CFO of the combined companies. Al holds a holds an MBA and is a Certified Public Accountant. He joined d.light in 2013.
Ned Tozun, President & Founder
Ned co-founded d.light in 2006 and has served as its president since then. Ned played a critical role in securing investment for the company, building up manufacturing operations, and overseeing development of the company’s product line and expansion of distribution into over 60 countries. Ned has been recognized by Forbes as one of the world’s top 30 social entrepreneurs. Prior to d.light, Ned founded several consumer product start-ups in Silicon Valley. Ned graduated from Stanford with degrees in Computer Science and Earth Systems, and returned to Stanford to earn his MBA.
Jenny Li, Vice President of Global Operations
Jenny brings over 20 years of experience leading large, complex operations and building high-performing, global teams with Fortune 500 companies. After five years with Xerox as a quality engineer, buyer and supplier development manager, Jenny joined Delphi in purchasing and sourcing. She spent five years as a Delphi plant manager, including a unionized auto parts factory in Warren, Ohio. Jenny has spent the last 10 years as a managing director and general manager, running the Chinese business units for SPX. She is a graduate of Tsing Hua University in Beijing. Jenny joined d.light in 2013.
Alexander Baumgardt, Vice President of Global Design
Alexander brings 15 years of experience in creating integrated brand, product, and service experiences. An award-winning designer and teacher, Alex is heavily influenced by systems thinking & design, and has built a unique portfolio at the intersection of visual communication and human-centered design practices. A MetaDesign and Method alum, Alexander has led projects for Audi, Bosch, Deutsche Telekom, Samsung, Siemens and Volkswagen. Prior to joining d.light, he worked with General Electric, Silicon Valley Bank and Salesforce.com. Alexander taught the pioneering Experience Design studio classes in both the Design Strategy (MBA) and Interaction Design (BFA) programs at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. Alexander joined d.light in 2014.
Michael Hudson, Vice President of Product Development
Michael brings to d.light over three decades of deep technical experience in creative hardware and software, and a proven ability to design quality, affordable consumer products. He has a long history of bringing technical consumer innovations to market, such as the world’s first MP3 player (the Rio), some of Intel’s first motherboards (PC-386), and many affordable semiconductor products in the audio, media distribution and consumer electronics industries. Michael also is a very accomplished executive leader, having worked as CTO of a NASDAQ company (Diamond Multimedia), while also founding and working as a chief technology officer or vice-president of R&D of various pre- and post-revenue start-ups. He joined d.light in 2013.
Sateesh Kumar, Managing Director, Asia & Africa
Sateesh joined d.light in 2013, bringing with him 25 years of experience in industries like microfinance, insurance and retail in the South Asia and Asia Pacific regions. Sateesh has built sustainable and progressive businesses through a strong combination of sales, operations and strategic orientation. During the last three years as Executive VP, Operations at SKS Microfinance Ltd, Sateesh managed large teams and established the SKS brand with external stakeholders. Earlier as CEO of Royal Sporting House, he developed the retail distribution business of sporting goods, and as the regional director of Aviva Life Insurance, he increased business partnerships multiple times over. Sateesh has extensive international experience, with an eight-year stint in Singapore in retail and international trading.
Julio Gaitan, Managing Director, Latin America
Julio Gaitan brings to d.light extensive experience in the telecommunication industry and a track record of generating strong growth in Latin American markets. Julio spent three years as the managing director of mobile communications at LG Electronics, where he increased market share from 2.7% to 19%. Prior to that, Julio spent seven years at Kyocera Wireless, serving as the senior director of international sales and representing markets across Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada and the Middle East. Julio has a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Universidad de los Andes, and completed an executive leadership program at the Harvard Business School. Julio joined d.light in 2014.