REstore's Managers & team
co-CEO & co-Founder
Jan-Willem Rombouts co-founded REstore and serves as its co-CEO after a career at Goldman Sachs where he last served as Executive Director of Credit Trading Strategy. He brings expertise in quantitative modeling and software development. At REstore Jan-Willem leads the product innovation, technology development and trading activities. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from NYU and a graduate certificate in Data Mining and Applications from Stanford University.
co-CEO & co-Founder
Prior to co-founding REstore in 2010, Pieter-Jan Mermans worked as a case manager at Arthur D. Little and PwC, where he contributed to developing BU strategies and Post Merger Integration work in the Power & Petrochemicals sectors. At REstore, Pieter-Jan serves as a co-CEO, leading the business expansion and driving Regulatory Affairs. He holds a M.Sc. in Commercial Engineering from University of Antwerp and a M.Sc. in Financial Economics from University of Leuven.
Wim De Naeyer
Chief Financial Officer
Wim De Naeyer is a Maître en Gestion - Option Finance (University Paris IX Dauphine, 1996), an international taxation graduate from ESSF/Ichec Brussels and a Business Analysis graduate (Lancaster University, 1997). After several years at PWC Brussels in audit and at the corporate finance department of BNP Paribas Brussels, he worked for more than 12 years with Altice/Numericable/Coditel/Completel in France, Belgium and Luxembourg as Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director. Wim represents Wissa BVBA.
Vice-President IT Engineering
Tom is a senior software engineer with a civil engineering degree from KULeuven, Belgium. Tom held positions as a software engineer and team leader with several companies in the utility, banking/insurance and engineering sectors including Nuon, ING, IBM-Skillteam and Altran CIS. Tom represents Nubium BVBA.
Executive Vice-President UK & North America
Geert Ramault has a solid commercial and business development track record over 15 years in the energy and technology sector in both Europe and the Americas. He joined REstore in its early days and helped kick-start its commercial roll-out and rapid market expansion that propelled the company to its current industry-leading position. Prior to REstore, he held management positions in several early-stage high-tech companies and led multiple high-performance teams in various countries. Geert received his MSc in Electrical Engineering from Ghent University and holds an MBA from Vlerick Business School.
Executive Vice-President Sourcing & Sales Germany & Belgium
Dirk comes from Germany and brings to REstore more than 16 years' experience in the energy industry and 12 years in industrial automation. He knows the German energy market and business with large industrial consumers following his work in sales for EnBW and EDF. Most recently, he was responsible at EnBW AG for the development of new business areas in energy efficiency, electric mobility, smart home and decentralised energy systems. Prior to his time in the energy sector, he worked as project manager and sales representative in charge of industrial automation at Siemens, ABB and Philips. At REstore he is responsible for the development of business activities in Germany. He trained as an engineer with a degree in Plant Operations Engineering from Hamburg University of Applied Sciences.
Vice-President Internet of Things
Helen brings more than 20 years of business development and sales experience from the technology, renewable energy and industrial IoT sectors. Previously, she served as Senior Director of Strategic Alliances at Silver Spring Networks, a leading smart grid and IoT networking company based in Silicon Valley. She also managed sales for Bosch Solar Energy, North America and was a co-founder of Walkwire, an internet solutions company.
Vanessa has deep knowledge of the energy sector in charge for 15 years of power derivatives on the trading floors of Electrabel, GDF Suez Trading and ING. Over that period, she has specialised herself in the European power sector, being a point of advise to traders on deal capture and transactions. At REstore she is responsible for the continuous optimisation of the bids offered to grid operators and balancing responsible parties across Europe.
Vice-President Sourcing & Sales Belux
Over the past 20 years, Donald has held various international managerial positions giving him a broad experience across multiple industries in companies such as HeidelbergCement, PPG and Lhoist. He brings to REstore solid sales skills blended with a strong financial focus. He has lived and worked across Europe in multicultural and multinational settings.
Vice-President Sourcing UK
Louis has a breadth of experience in downstream energy markets including supply, services, efficiency, renewables and smart metering. He was previously in the leadership team at Semplice Energy guiding them to a planned acquisition by British Gas. Thereafter, at British Gas, Louis held various management roles covering bid submissions, sales, proposition development, market development and marketing in both domestic and commercial segments.
Vice-President Utility Sales
Marc has a degree in Computer Science and a degree in Mathematics/Actuarial Science. He started building his career in the financial services industry and later on specialized in the energy and utilities space predominantly focussing on billing and meter data management solutions. At the same time, he has been involved in portfolio management, asset management and asset valorisation for the larger global utilities companies. He has an extensive background in deploying products for the energy and utilities industry.
Peter Schell ☆ 1970 - † 2018
Vice-President Regulatory Affairs
Peter comes from Germany with an extensive leadership experience in the European energy sector focusing on the interaction between new energy technology and regulatory change. He has been active in the energy sector for the last 15 years in the distribution sector for the liberalisation of gas and electricity markets, the unbundling of retail and distribution, and in the transmission sector providing innovative smart-grid technology and arguing for the required regulatory changes to allow its adoption. Peter holds an aerospace engineering degree from the University of Stuttgart. Peter represents Sirocco BVBA.
Head of Research
Bert holds a PhD in applied physics. After developing control algorithms for photolithography applications for four years, he switched to the field of smart grid research. He was active in this field for six years before taking up a research position at REstore. His main interests are directed towards residential demand response and applying state of the art in artificial intelligence for energy applications.
Head of MarComm
Liene has a solid track record of 13 years building strong brands and creating awareness and engagement with customers. She first served as a account director translating the business objectives of her B2B and B2C clients at global advertising agencies including McCann-Erickson, Euro RSCG and Duval Guillaume. Afterwards she built her career on the advertiser-side succesfully setting up marketing plans and leading pan-European marketing campaigns for both lead generation and enhanced brand awareness with brands like Beko, KBC and Q8.
Charles-Sébastien has six years of experience in energy-efficiency project management within different french start-up companies. Charles joined REstore's Paris office in 2015 and is responsible for the promotion of DSM (Demand-Side Management) solutions as well as power-load flexibility with industrial consumers.
Rob has in-depth knowledge of Demand Response Programmes, Energy Efficiency and Smart Grid Solutions across multiple industrial and commercial sectors. For the past seven years he has delivered solutions specifically for large commercial building space, steel and paper manufacturing, air separation and Chemical Production. He was responsible for energy performance contracts, energy retrofit and demand side management solution development at both Honeywell Building Solutions and with Low Carbon Network funded projects.
Head of Analytics
After obtaining a PhD in theoretical physics on quantum computation theory, Brecht moved to the banking and insurance industry where he held positions in risk management, project management and front office quant teams. At REstore, he leverages this experience to optimise and risk manage REstore's portfolio of flexible power.
Before joining REstore, Romain spent the past five years as a regulator, deeply involved in demand side response, both at the national level in France and at the European level as co-chair of a regulation task force on the topic. Thanks to this experience, Romain brings to REstore a strong regulator background that will help him to push the boundaries and get an effective level playing field for demand side response across Europe.