Team
Reidar Langmo (Partner and CEO)
Reidar Langmo (Partner and CEO)
Reidar is a founding partner and CEO of Novus with over a decade of clean energy expertise. He was one of the founders of both ScanWafer (1994) and REC (2000), which yielded one of the world's leading solar companies. Reidar held positions as chairman and CEO both in REC and its subsidiaries. He played a key role in connection with REC's strategic acquisitions of ASiMI's silicon plants both in 2002 and 2005. In 2006 REC had the most successful clean energy IPO to date with an ~$8B market cap. Reidar holds an MSc from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.
Dr. James Lyons (Venture Partner and CTO)
Dr. James Lyons (Venture Partner and CTO)
Jim is a venture partner and CTO of Novus. He was previously a Chief Engineer at GE's Corporate R&D Center and technology leader for a global R&D team in Germany, US, India, & China. Jim championed renewable energy within GE, co-leading GE's entry into wind energy and serving as post-acquisition CTO - GE's most successful new growth business with over $4B in revenues. He has also led new business development teams in digital energy, waste gasification, and hybrid electric vehicles. Jim has served on the boards of GE Powerex and the Electric Drive Trade Assoc. Jim has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. from Cornell University. He has authored more than 25 technical papers and holds more than 30 patents registered in the US.
Martin Aares (Partner)
Martin Aares (Partner)
Martin is a founding partner of Novus. He was previously a Senior VP at GE Energy Financial Services with primary focus on equity investments in the wind, solar, biomass, and the biofuels segments. Martin also co-led GE's carbon offset business through its joint venture with AES Corp. Prior to GE, he was an investment banker with Goldman Sachs working primarily with Natural Resources and Energy companies. Martin was also a VP with Stern Stewart & Company, a management consulting firm, where he led the firm's Scandinavian team. He holds a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mark Huang (Partner)
Mark Huang (Partner)
Prior to co-founding Novus, Mark was a Senior VP at GE Energy Financial Services, primarily focused on venture investments in the clean energy, transportation and water sectors. Mark also worked with GE business development teams in alternative energy and hybrid electric transportation. In 2003, Mark served as an officer in the US Army Reserves in Iraq where he led nation building missions as well as efforts to restructure Iraq's state-owned-enterprise sector. Mark holds a BS in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Webb Institute and an MBA and a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University.
Nicholas Perrins (Partner and CFO)
Nicholas Perrins (Partner and CFO)
Nicholas is a founding partner and CFO of Novus. Since 1996, Nicholas has managed an investment management firm, now called Dyson Capital Advisors, which works with high net worth families. Dyson oversees investment decisions, portfolio construction and risk management. Since 2004, Nicholas also serves as CFO and co-founder of X-10 Capital Partners, a long-short equity hedge fund. For X-10, Nicholas oversees the accounting and risk management functions. Nicholas holds a BS in Finance from Boston University.
John Torvik (Partner)
John Torvik (Partner)
John Torvik joined Novus Energy Partners in 2008. Prior to joining Novus, John served as VP/GM of Advanced Power Technologies (APTI). Prior to joining APTI, he was the co-founder and CEO of PowerSicel, Inc, a successful power semiconductor start-up company, which he managed from inception through acquisition. John began his professional career at Astralux, Inc, where he rose to VP of New Products. He also previously held a part-time EE faculty position at the Univ. of Colorado. John has a BA in Physics from St. Olaf College, an MEEE from Cornell University and a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado.
Jay Tannon (Partner and General Counsel)
Jay Tannon (Partner and General Counsel)
Jay is a founding partner of Novus. Jay helps lead the infrastructure and private capital practice at Patton Boggs LLP. As a partner at Patton Boggs, Jay counsels private equity funds and other businesses on infrastructure projects, business acquisitions and other strategic transactions. Jay has been selected for 20 consecutive years as a Preeminnent Attorney by Martindale Hubbell, and he has been recognized for many years by the legal services industry publication "Best Lawyers in America". Prior to joining Patton Boggs, Jay held leadership positions at DLA Piper LLP, Pillsbury Winthrop LLP and Frost Brown Todd LLC. Among his academic accomplishments, he received his law degree from the University of Virginia and a BA from the University of North Carolina.
Erik Bjorstad (Principal)
Erik Bjorstad (Principal)
Prior to joining Novus, Erik worked within Business Development in REC, one of the largest PV solar companies in the world, focusing on growth strategy and new business opportunities. Before REC, Erik worked as a management consultant at Arkwright Norway AS. From Arkwright, Erik has experience from several sectors such as private equity, oil & gas, retail banking and medical appliances. Since July 2010, Erik holds the position as CEO of Novus portfolio company Si Pro. Erik holds an MS in Finance from the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration.