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Published on August 5th, 2015 | by James Ayre


CarCharging Gets New CEO — Former Schneider Electric Exec Named As CEO Of CarCharging

August 5th, 2015 by  

One of the leading electric vehicle (EV) charging companies out there, Car Charging Group (CarCharging), just announced the appointment of a new CEO. The new CEO, Mike Calise, was at one time an executive at French cleantech giant Schneider Electric.

Mike CaliseThe appointment means that Michael D Farkas will now move to the positions of Chairman of the Board and Chief Visionary Officer.

The appointment follows the fact that Calise has, to date, worked as an executive in the cleantech industry for over a decade — variously managing software, hardware, and service divisions in a number of different companies.

Amongst other previous positions, Calise once served as the Head of North America EV Solutions at Schneider Electric, a firm which is most noted for energy efficiency and energy management technology. He also was the founder of EVadvise, “an independent firm focused on mass scale electric vehicle infrastructure, where he developed the EV Charging infrastructure technology plan for Marin Transportation Authority’s countywide charger deployment as well as others.”

“The EV charging industry is one of constant change and CarCharging has certainly experienced a great deal of change since its founding six years ago,” stated Michael D Farkas, CarCharging’s Founder and Chief Visionary Officer. “As we start our seventh year, we anticipate that this is the beginning of an amazing chapter in the growth and transformation of our company. We are excited about the energy and experience that Mike brings to the company, and his appointment provides me with the opportunity to focus on the overall vision of the company and to continue to develop new generations of both commercial and residential EV charging solutions.”

“As an EV charging industry executive, I was able to witness the tremendous staying power and consistent expansion of CarCharging’s services and footprint during the early development of the EV market,” stated Mike Calise, CarCharging’s new CEO.

“I chose to join CarCharging because I anticipate that the company and its Blink Network are poised to significantly expand their leadership role into the next demand phase of the EV charging industry. I feel confident that due to the vision set by Michael D Farkas since it began, the company’s growth trajectory will continue as we support auto manufacturers, enterprise customers, and consumers that rely on CarCharging and Blink Network to further drive EV adoption.”

Related: CarCharging Group Closes Offering, Raising $830,000

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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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