Jeff Bishop (CEO) had worked in wind energy his entire career before setting up Key Capture Energy and has a wealth of contacts across the renewable energy space. For this CCO search, Jeff wanted us to go far outside of the renewable sector and identify candidates with a broader background in the power sector that could bring something different to the KCE team.
We identified the candidate who landed the role within 10 days of starting the search – Nicole Wolf, an impressive originator who had executed $600 million of hedges used to secure financing of $4.1 billion for the development of four natural gas-fired power plants (3,560 MW) in her previous role – as well as providing a shortlist of other candidates for interview over the following weeks.
Our knowledge of the energy storage sector coupled with really understanding what Jeff was trying to build at KCE allowed us to identify the best candidates who could thrive in a startup environment despite not having worked in the renewable energy sector. It was also important to put KCE on the map (at the time, they had a small team and no projects) and deliver a compelling story to potential candidates.
Additionally, we flew out to New York to meet the KCE & Vision Ridge teams as the search began and ahead of further searches we successfully managed (Director, Asset Management; Project Development Managers; Business Development & Financial Analysts: Director, Pre-Construction; Project Manager)