Mr. Brandt is the President and Chief Executive Officer of ContourGlobal, an electric power development and operating company he founded with Reservoir Capital Group in 2005. ContourGlobal has two primary lines of business. Through its ContourGlobal Solutions division, the Company develops and operates innovative quad-generation facilities for beverage companies throughout the world. These facilities provide on-site supply of electricity, water, steam and carbon dioxide, all in an environmentally friendly way. ContourGlobal also develops and operates large power generation facilities in underserved markets in Sub-Saharan Africa, South America and Eastern Europe.
Before co-founding ContourGlobal in 2005, Mr. Brandt served as Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer for The AES Corporation. His responsibilities included global utility operations and development in the Americas, Africa, Europe and Ukraine comprising approximately $15 billion in assets, $5 billion in sales and 25,000 employees. He also served as AES’s Chief Restructuring Officer, directing the operational and financial restructuring of AES’s largest international investments and a variety of U.S. and international operating and greenfield assets. As Chief Restructuring Officer he oversaw the successful restructuring of businesses in Chile, Colombia and Cameroon and executed a landmark debt-for-equity restructuring of AES’s businesses in Brazil with the Brazilian State development bank.
Mr. Brandt earned a law degree from Georgetown University, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts degree from George Mason University. He was a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley and was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Helsinki, Finland, in 1986-87. In addition to English, he speaks Russian, French and Finnish.