CLT Joules names new Executive Director

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Charlotte Joules Announces New Executive Director

January 4, 2016 (Charlotte, NC) – CLT Joules, a Charlotte-based non-profit company that  promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the energy sector announced today that Bob Irvin will succeed Lori Collins as Executive Director.  “We look forward to working with Bob to enhance Charlotte’s position as a national leader in energy startups,” said Rob Caldwell, Senior Vice-President Duke Energy and Chairman of CLT Joules.  “Bob has served in a strategic capacity for energy companies over the last 25 years and his appointment is well-timed to develop and direct a new strategic plan to deliver on our energy technology mission.”

Bob’s strategic and financial leadership experience includes helping to transform three major utilities. 

  • TVA:  Senior Vice President, Strategy, Financial Planning and Business Development - re-positioned federal utility to compete with Southeastern peers. 
  • Duke Energy:  Vice President, Market & Portfolio Analysis -developed growth strategy and portfolio of energy assets to succeed in an increasingly competitive marketplace.  Involved in significant business development work from PanEnergy to Cinergy.
  • NYSEG:  Director, Corporate Development - diversified electric utility into gas distribution and energy services.

As an energy executive, he was responsible for business development, strategy, system planning, technology ventures and leadership development.  He was most recently a strategic advisor to investor-owned utilities primarily focused on disruptive technologies and enterprise growth.  Other relevant experience includes providing venture capital analysis for IC2, a University of Texas think tank, and working with the EPA.  

Bob received his MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill, MEM (Master of Environmental Management) from Duke University and his BA in Biology from McDaniel College.  He is married with three children and resides in Davidson, NC.