Low Carbon is pleased to announce the appointment of experienced impact investor and technology executive, Ed Colligan as Head of Americas. Mr. Colligan has also been appointed to the company’s Board of Directors.
Mr. Colligan brings a wealth of invaluable expertise to Low Carbon at a pivotal moment for the organisation. The California-based entrepreneur will focus on supporting the business’ growth in North, Central and South America as it works towards its ambition of creating 20GW of operational renewable energy capacity by 2030.
Having started his career in Silicon Valley at the height of the personal technology revolution, Mr. Colligan spent more than two decades building companies from the ground up. During his tenure as Vice President of Marketing at Palm Computing, Mr. Colligan helped design and launch the category defining handheld computer, the PalmPilot. Later, as the President of Handspring, Colligan led the launch of the Handspring Treo, the handset widely recognised as the world’s first smartphone. Colligan championed the transaction that reunited the Palm and Handspring organizations into one company, while establishing relationships with wireless carriers globally and driving Palm’s annual smartphone revenue to more than $2 billion. As the CEO of Palm, Colligan spearheaded the transformation that created the highly acclaimed WebOS platform and Palm Pre line of smartphones.
Recently, Mr. Colligan has been working with and invested in sectors as diverse as climate fin-tech, micro-mobility, digital entertainment and neuroscience to scale up their operations and attract meaningful investment.
Mr. Colligan’s exceptional track record of growing and scaling businesses during periods of immense market change will be especially valuable as Low Carbon continues to help its partners and markets navigate the global transition to renewable energy.
Mr. Colligan joins Low Carbon as the business prepares to expand into a number of markets worldwide, including the Americas, following its landmark partnership with US life insurance leader MassMutual.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Colligan said: “Climate change is the single biggest issue facing our planet. I want to invest my time and energy in the critical transition to a cleaner, greener future. For that reason I am honoured to be joining Low Carbon at such an exciting time for the company, as there is enormous potential to make a lasting positive impact in the renewable energy space. I look forward to helping Low Carbon scale up its operations as we accelerate the transition to net zero.”
Roy Bedlow, Chief Executive at Low Carbon commented: “We are delighted to welcome someone of Ed’s stature to Low Carbon. His track record of helping innovative businesses scale up their operations speaks for itself and reflects Low Carbon’s own commitment to global expansion. Ed has joined Low Carbon at a pivotal and formative moment for the business, and with his expertise we are confident we will achieve our goals of net zero and 20GW of operational renewable energy.”
Brian Clarke, Chairman of Low Carbon’s Board of Directors said: "We are excited to bring Ed on as a Board Member and Senior Executive. Ed has an extraordinary record of building companies into major players on the global stage. His experience will be invaluable as Low Carbon expands its footprint globally. He will play an instrumental role in guiding Low Carbon's strategic planning effort and, perhaps most importantly, his relationship with the global technology market will enable Low Carbon a distinct advantage in working with the leading players in this space. Paired with leading technology companies we can enhance Low Carbon's market leading capability in deploying renewable energy projects efficiently and economically. Ed's experience and relationships will enhance Low Carbon's efforts toward a more sustainable approach to providing the world's energy needs without causing the disruptive effects of carbon causing climate change."
About Low Carbon
Low Carbon is a leading renewable energy investment and asset management company committed to the development and operation of renewable energy at scale. Low Carbon invests into both renewable energy developers and projects across a range of renewable energy technologies including solar PV, wind, energy storage, waste-to-energy and energy efficiency. Low Carbon, a certified B Corp, has a proven track record in the development, construction, financing and management of renewable energy assets and remains involved in the projects for the long term with a dedicated asset management team that manages assets on balance sheet and for third parties. With a significant international renewable energy pipeline in development, Low Carbon is well-positioned to capitalise on opportunities as the need for renewable energy and energy security increases.