Announces appointment of Roger A. Lazarus to Board – veteran financial services executive brings decades of management, operational and financial experience across developed and emerging markets
Board establishes Corporate Strategy Committee to advise and oversee execution of key strategic pillars to improve shareholder value
PASADENA, Calif., March 6, 2023 — Heliogen, Inc. (NYSE: HLGN) (the “Company”), a leading provider of AI-enabled concentrating solar energy technology, today announced updates to its Board of Directors (the “Board”) to accelerate the successful implementation of the Company’s strategic plan, pursue growth initiatives and enhance value for shareholders.
Roger A. Lazarus has been appointed a member of the Board, effective March 2, 2023. Mr. Lazarus, a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW), brings valuable financial and operational expertise across both developed and emerging markets. He will serve on the Board’s Audit and Compensation Committees.
Additionally, the Board has established a new Corporate Strategy Committee (the “Committee”) to work with Heliogen’s management team to advise and oversee management’s process for implementing the Company’s strategic priorities and growth initiatives, immediately targeted at (1) sales of the Company’s steam product for use in industrial processes and in green hydrogen production and (2) installation of commercial-scale projects. The Committee is chaired by director and industrial energy transition veteran Barbara Burger, and includes Christie Obiaya, Heliogen’s Chief Executive Officer, and directors Stacey Abrams and Paddy Padmanathan.
Further, director Julie M. Kane has been elected chair of the Board.
“I am committed to working closely with our Corporate Strategy Committee as we focus on executing our strategic plan and propelling our growth initiatives forward,” said Christie Obiaya. “The Committee’s engagement will be invaluable as we tackle the key pillars of our business strategy. With our world-class team and Board, we are poised to scale our groundbreaking concentrated solar thermal technology to decarbonize industry and deliver value to our shareholders.”
“The entire Board is pleased to welcome Roger as a director to support our mission of changing the world by decarbonizing industry,” said Julie Kane. “Roger brings a wealth of finance and business expertise, along with a more than three-decade track record as an experienced leader, operator and strategist in emerging markets. I am confident we will benefit from his valuable perspectives as we execute on our strategic plan and continue to grow Heliogen into a global leader in industrial decarbonization.”
“I am excited to join Heliogen’s Board at such a pivotal time for the Company,” said Roger Lazarus. “I am energized to work alongside this top-notch group of individuals united by the same mission to accelerate the global energy transition, and I look forward to bringing my finance, operational and management experience to bear as Heliogen continues to execute on its global growth strategy.”
Roger A. Lazarus Biography
Mr. Lazarus is a recognized global business executive, with a proven track record of Board and C-suite experience and business unit leadership roles for a range of emerging and established businesses, as well as multi-country transaction advisory expertise. He is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Chain Bridge I, a NASDAQ listed special purpose acquisition company, and is also a venture partner to Marcy Venture Partners and its portfolio companies. Mr. Lazarus joined Ernst & Young LLP in Boston as a partner in 1997 advising on acquisitions and investments for corporate and private equity clients. During his 23-year career with Ernst & Young, he served in a variety of roles, including as the Chief Operating Officer (“COO”) and Board member of Ernst & Young’s LatAm North region, where he managed internal operations and oversaw financial and operating reporting for 13 countries, as a managing partner and COO of Ernst & Young Colombia, and as the managing partner of Ernst & Young´s West Region Transactions service-line. Mr. Lazarus is a director and the chair of the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee of LatAm Logistic Properties S.R.L, a 3PL real estate developer in Costa Rica, Colombia and Peru. He is chair of the Audit Committee of the Goldman Environmental Foundation, the sponsor of the annual Goldman Environmental Prize. Mr. Lazarus is a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW), holds a BA with honors in Economics from the University of York, England and completed the international certification of the Institute of Directors (London, England) in 2020.
Heliogen is a renewable energy technology company focused on decarbonizing industry and empowering a sustainable civilization. The company’s concentrating solar energy and thermal storage systems aim to deliver carbon-free heat, steam, power, or green hydrogen at scale to support round-the-clock industrial operations. Powered by AI, computer vision and robotics, Heliogen is focused on providing robust clean energy solutions that accelerate the transition to renewable energy, without compromising reliability, availability, or cost. For more information about Heliogen, please visit heliogen.com.
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