We are a technology company developing green fuel and biochar products to address three of the world’s largest markets: energy, food and water

Our roster of investors and executives are best of class for a pre-IPO company

experienced leadership

Management Team

Cool Planet’s executives have deep experience across the range of business functions required to build a sizable, rapidly growing company that has the potential to transform the world’s largest markets.

Howard Janzen, President & CEO

• CEO One Communications, Williams Communications
• President Sprint Business Solutions
• BS, MS Metallurgical Engineering, Colorado School of Mines
• PMD, Harvard Business School

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Barry Rowan, Executive VP and CFO

  • EVP, CFO, CAO Vonage
  • EVP, CFO Nextel
  • Fluke, Comlinear, HP
  • BS, College of Idaho; MBA, Harvard

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Jan Thijssen

Jan Thijssen, CTO

  • Consultant to global strategic & financial investors in clean technology – 100s of technologies assessed in power, fuels, and chemicals
  • Director - Arthur D. Little, Engineering - RWE
  • MSc, Technical University Delft, PhD, MIT

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Vital Aelion

Vital Aelion, VP of International Operations, Assistant to the CEO

• Bear Stearns, Banc of America Securities, UBS, JP Morgan

• BS & MS, ChemE, MIT; PhD, ChemE, Carnegie Mellon

• MBA, NYU

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Mike Bukowski

Mike Bukowski, VP Operations

• COO AE Polysilicon • GM Sunoco Philadelphia Refinery • BS, ChemE, Drexel

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Kendall Carbone

Kendall Carbone, VP Controller & CAO

• QEP Resources, VP Controller & CAO
• Suncor, Director Finance
• BA Economics Dartmouth, MS Accounting New York University, CPA

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Linda Chapman

Linda Chapman, VP Human Resources

• EVP HR, One Communications
• SVP HR, Choice One Communications
• HR mgmt. Roles in Fortune 500, private, public, pre-IPO companies
• MS, HR - American University, SPHR

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Robert Djelveh, VP Supply Chain

• Director/Principal at PWC and PRTM, Supply Chain Group China
• Principal at A.T. Kearney, Operations Group East
• MBA and MA at University of Pennsylvania/Wharton

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Al Rettenmaier

Al Rettenmaier, VP Capital Projects

• President and CEO, New Generation Biomass, Integrated Energy Solutions
• AVP, Black & Veatch
• BS, Chem E University of Kansas
• Patent: Method for harvesting algae

 

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Mike Rocke, VP Business Development

• Transonic, Lawrence Livermore, Intel R&D and Intel Capital
• BSME, UCB; Stanford GSB
• 2 patents and 4 publications

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Rick Wilson

Rick Wilson, VP Strategic Relationships

• CEO Cobalt Technologies, BP
• BA, Chemistry, U.C. San Diego; PhD, ChemE, Lehigh
• MBA, Chicago

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