Bloom Energy is excited to announce that Chris White has joined our leadership team as executive vice president and chief sales officer, effective today.
Chris most recently served as CEO of the Americas at Signify (formerly Philips Lighting), where he established an industry leadership position, and inspired innovation and growth throughout the region. He is a recognized thought leader on the disruptive effects of an increasingly digital and connected world. He brings more than 25 years of experience managing industries and market transformations.
A passionate change agent, Chris believes companies must act now and transform to compete in an ever-changing digital world. As everything becomes connected, Chris says, “We will have the biggest transition ever in technology during our lifetime.” Bloom Energy is better positioned than any other energy company to support the sustainable growth of digital businesses.
Before joining Signify, Chris held several transformational executive roles including a 20-year tenure at Cisco. As global senior vice president of Internet of Things (IoT) sales, strategy and go-to-market, he spearheaded Cisco’s market leadership and grew a $1B business in three years. He previously grew Cisco’s sports and entertainment group from a $20 million start-up to a $500 million business in less than five years.
Before Cisco, he served on the leadership teams of two start-ups, one IPO and two successful acquisitions by Microsoft and Cisco respectively. Chris is a graduate of Kingston College at the University of London where he received his B.A. in Business with Honors. Chris also serves on the Advisory Boards for Ingram Micro, Big Data Partners, and the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine.
Welcome to the team, Chris!
We would also like to share that Bill Thayer has decided to transition out of his U.S. sales leadership role, but he will remain part of the Bloom team in an advisory role and work with Chris to ensure a smooth transition.
Bill has been Bloom’s sales leader since 2005, and we are tremendously grateful for all that he’s contributed to our company. His hard work, determination, and passionate leadership have been pivotal to Bloom’s success. Thank you, Bill, for your dedication to Bloom over the past 13 years!