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Our Leadership Team

Our management team has an average of over 20 years of experience in the industry and has managed to significantly grow and enhance the platform since inception.

ContourGlobal Joseph C. Brandt
President and Chief Executive Officer; New York – United States

Joseph C. Brandt is the President and Chief Executive Officer of ContourGlobal.

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.

ContourGlobal Jean-Christophe Juillard
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Paris – France

Jean-Christophe Juillard joined ContourGlobal in January 2013 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and is located in both the New York and Paris offices.

Jean-Christophe is a member of the Senior Executive Committee. He spent most of his professional life in the US and Europe. In the early 1990s, he started his career in Finance working for LK Comstock and RailWorks, two New York based electrical contractors.

Prior to joining ContourGlobal, Jean-Christophe worked at Alstom for 10 years in various finance management positions, first in the Alstom Transportation division in New York and later in Paris, France where he was SVP Finance for the Renewable Power division of the Group.

Jean-Christophe earned a MBA from Columbia Business School in New York and is fluent in English and French.

ContourGlobal Karl Schnadt
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Vienna – Austria

Karl Schnadt was hired as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in December of 2011 and is located in Paris, France. He is responsible for all technical functions at ContourGlobal including power plant operations, engineering and construction and health, environment and safety. Karl is a member of our Senior Executive Committee, Plant Information Steering Committee, Compliance Committee, Health and Safety Committee, and CO2 Committee. Prior to joining ContourGlobal he worked at Steag GmbH (“STEAG”), one of Germany's large power generation companies. Karl worked with Steag for 24 years, holding a variety of positions at the company, including serving as a project manager and plant manager. From 2000 to 2006, he served as the Chief Executive Officer for Iskenderun Enerji Üretim ve Tic. A.S. (Isken), Ankara, in Turkey, which is a 51% subsidiary of Steag. Isken is the project company of a $1.5 billion coal-fired power plant investment where he was responsible for construction and later operation.

As a Member of the Board of Executive Officers at Steag, Karl was responsible for all operation assets. He received his degree in Mechanical Engineering and Energy technology from Ruhr-Universitat Bochum in Germany.

ContourGlobal Amanda Schreiber
Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer; New York – United States

Amanda Schreiber joined ContourGlobal in April 2012 and currently serves as Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer. In this role, she is responsible for all Company legal matters and the Company’s global compliance program, including advising the Company on compliance with U.S. and international anti-corruption, international trade, and competition laws. Amanda also serves as Corporate Secretary to ContourGlobal’s Board of Directors. She is a member of the Senior Executive Committee.

Before joining ContourGlobal, Amanda served as Chief Compliance Counsel at Colgate-Palmolive Company and practiced at the law firms of Covington & Burling LLP and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York.  From 2002 to 2003, Amanda was a law clerk to the Honorable Barrington D. Parker of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Amanda received her A.B. in Political Science from Brown University and her J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar.

ContourGlobal Alessandra Marinheiro
Executive Vice President, Chief Executive Officer for Latin America São Paulo – Brazil

Alessandra Marinheiro joined ContourGlobal in August 2009 as the Business Development Vice-President for Brazil, where she successfully originated and structured greenfield wind and hydro projects.

Prior to ContourGlobal, Alessandra worked for 12 years at The AES Corporation in Brazil as Business Development Director and Commercial Director at AES’s generation business. Alessandra has led several mergers and acquisitions transactions, greenfield project development, project finance and corporate finance transactions.

Alessandra leads our Latin America team as the CEO of ContourGlobal Latin America where she is responsible for our regional business and for implementing our growth strategies for the region.

Alessandra has a Bachelor in Business Administration from the Pontífica Universidade de São Paulo (PUC-SP) with an Executive MBA from COPPEAD-UFRJ. In addition to Portuguese, she also speaks English and Spanish.

ContourGlobal James Karp
Executive Vice President and Head of Finance, Strategy and Acquisitions of ContourGlobal; London – UK

James M. Karp serves as the Executive Vice President and Head of Finance, Strategy and Acquisitions of ContourGlobal, and has served in those positions since April 2015. Before joining ContourGlobal, he spent a total of 17 years at Goldman, Sachs & Co., most recently as Managing Director and Head of the Natural Resources Leveraged Finance team for Europe, Middle East and Africa. During his career at Goldman Sachs, Mr. Karp worked in a variety of credit related businesses in New York and London, including Co-Head of Leveraged Finance, Head of Loan Capital Markets, Co-Head of European Restructuring and Co-Head of Bank Loan Proprietary Investing. Mr. Karp originally joined Goldman Sachs in 1994 in Loan Sales and Trading. From 2004 to 2007, he left Goldman Sachs and joined Silver Point Capital, a U.S.-based hedge fund, to build and run their European business based in London. Mr. Karp began his career in finance in 1988 at Citibank where he served in various roles in corporate and LBO lending, and loan syndications in New York and Los Angeles. Mr. Karp received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

ConturGlobal Richard König
Senior Vice President for M&A and Business Development; Vienna – Austria

Richard König is the Senior Vice President for Business Development and the Joint Managing Director of the Renewables Business in Austria and Slovakia.

Before joining ContourGlobal, Mr. König headed the Energy & Utilities team at the Raiffeisen Bank International where he worked for seven years on Mergers & Acquisitions and financing transactions in Europe and CIS.  In his earlier career, he worked at the London-based Power & Utilities team of ABN AMRO with a focus on transactions in Europe, Russia, the Caucasus, and Asia.  Richard also worked in the General M&A Advisory group of ABN AMRO in Amsterdam focusing on LBO transactions.

Richard studied at the University of Graz and the Business School at the University of Nottingham.  He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business & Economics in addition to a Master’s Degree in Finance & Industrial Management.  Richard speaks German, English, Dutch, and some Italian.

ContourGlobal Alice Heathcote
Senior Vice President, Capital Markets and Investor Relations; New York – United States

Alice Heathcote joined the company in April 2015 and currently serves as Senior Vice President, Capital Markets and Investor Relations. Before joining ContourGlobal Alice was a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum, and an Associate Director at UBS Investment Bank in the Power and Utilities Group, Sydney, Australia.

Alice received her MBA from Harvard Business School. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Economics (Dean’s Honors List) from the University of Queensland, Australia, where she was also a Mathematics and Physics Scholarship recipient.

ContourGlobal Anne-Claire Grémeaux
Vice President & Chief of Staff to the CEO

Anne-Claire Grémeaux is a Vice President & Chief of Staff to the CEO. She is responsible for high level operational coordination and integration across functions and leads high priority special projects. She is a member of the Senior Executive Committee.

Prior to joining ContourGlobal, Anne-Claire served from 2011 to 2015 as General Counsel at EOLFI, a French renewable energy company and for EAM, its affiliated private equity company. She practiced at law firm Norton Rose Fulbright from 2006 to 2011 in the Project/Energy team in Paris.

Anne-Claire was admitted to the Paris Bar in 2005. She graduated from Université  Panthéon-Assas Paris II and holds a post-graduate degree in International and European law from Rouen University. 

ContourGlobal Michael Kuperman
Chief Information Officer; New York – United States

Michael Kuperman has been with ContourGlobal since October 2012, and has held the position of Chief Information Officer since August 2014. He is located in the New York office.

Michael is a member of the Senior Executive Committee. He has over 20 years of experience in Information Technology and over this time held various technology management roles in the financial sector, including at Bank of New York, Lehman Brothers and, just prior to joining ContourGlobal, Barclays Wealth Management in the US.

Michael has an MBA from the New York University Stern School of Business and an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Columbia University. He is fluent in English and Russian.

ContourGlobal Ralf Novack
Chief Operating Officer for the Renewables Division and Projects, Vienna – Austria

Ralf Nowack is the Chief Operating Officer for the Renewables Division and Projects. Besides his operational responsibilities for the global renewable fleet he is responsible for all projects under construction. Ralf is a member of the Senior Executive Committee.

Prior joining ContourGlobal, Ralf was Chief Executive Officer at RWE Technology. Based in Essen (Germany), he was responsible for construction and modernization of RWE’s Power Generation Fleet and setting up external engineering and consultancy business. From 2007 till 2009 Ralf was Head of New Power Plant Construction Division at RWE Power. Prior RWE Ralf worked with STEAG for 18 years, holding the position General Manager, STEAG foreign power plants, Asia and South America.

Dr. Ralf Nowack earned his diploma and PhD at RWTH Aachen University in Germany.

In addition to German Ralf’s speaks English, Spanish, French and Dutch.

ContourGlobal Quinto Di Ferdinando
Chief Operating Officer, Thermal Division; Mednikarovo – Bulgaria

Quinto Di Ferdinando is the Chief Operating Officer of the Thermal Division, responsible for all operational matters at our thermal power plants. Prior to this role, he served as Global O&M Coordinator from October 2013 to September 2014, while simultaneously serving as Plant Manager & Executive Director of ContourGlobal Operations in Bulgaria (“CGOB”).  

Before joining ContourGlobal, Mr. Di Ferdinando worked for the global utility company Enel for approximately 14 years where he held various managerial positions in a number of different locations, including as the Plant Manager & Executive Director of Enel Operations in Bulgaria, Project Manager for the 600m. EUR refurbishment project of the Maritsa East 3 TPP, and others.

Mr. Di Ferdinando holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy.

Grady Third
Senior Vice President and Global Director of Health & Safety, Vienna - Austria

Grady Third serves as Senior Vice President and Global Director of Health & Safety for ContourGlobal. He joined the company in 2013 as a plant manager for the thermal division, then as Chief Operating Office for the Solar and Solutions divisions. He currently resides in Vienna, Austria. Grady is a member of the Senior Executive Committee.

He has been engaged in power plant operations management since 1989, first as a member of the US Army Corps of Engineers and later with private utility companies in Alabama and Minnesota. Grady studied Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, and Environmental & Technological Studies at St. Cloud State University.

ContourGloabl Tessa O'Shea
Senior Vice President of Finance for the Renewables Division; New York – United States

Tessa O'Shea serves as the Senior Vice President of Finance for the Renewables Division at ContourGlobal. She joined the company in October 2011 as an Investment Manager, and has held other positions, such as Global Controller, prior to taking on her current role as the CFO of the renewable assets and investments worldwide. Tessa is a member of the Senior Executive Committee.

Prior to joining ContourGlobal, Tessa worked at Grant Thornton for over 8 years where she held numerous international positions. She started her career in the UK and moved to New York, where she is currently based.

Tessa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Oxford Brookes University, and is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. 

ContourGlobal Oleksii Liakhovetskyi
Senior Vice President of Finance for the Thermal Division New York – United States

Oleksii Liakhovetskyi is the Senior Vice President of Finance for the Thermal Division. He joined the company in October 2006 as the Business Development Analyst in our office in Kiev (Ukraine). Since then Oleksii has held various positions in different locations within the company, including Business Development Project Director (Newcastle, UK), Vice President Financial Planning & Analysis (New York, USA) and interim CFO of the Vorotan power plant (Yerevan, Armenia). In January 2016 Oleksii has been appointed as the CFO of the Thermal portfolio based in New York. He is a member of the Senior Executive Committee.

Oleksii holds a Master of Applied Mathematics degree from the National Technical University of Ukraine (Kiev), and Chartered Financial Analyst ® designation.

ContourGlobal Paola Agrati
General Counsel for the Renewable Division, New York – United States

Paola Agrati is the General Counsel for the Renewable Division. She joined ContourGlobal in March 2016 as Senior Legal Counsel.  She is currently in charge of all legal matters relating to the Renewable assets. She is a member of the Senior Executive Committee.

Prior to joining ContourGlobal, Paola was a member of the energy and project finance team at the law firm Latham & Watkins in New York from 2008 to 2016 and before at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Paola is admitted to the bar in New York and in Italy. She graduated from the University of Padua and holds a master degree from Columbia University