VivoPower International Names Carl Weatherley-White CEO

LONDON, Oct. 05, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VivoPower International Plc (Nasdaq:VVPR) (“VivoPower”), a global solar power company, today announced the appointment of its current Chief Financial Officer, Carl Weatherley-White, as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. He will take over the Chief Executive Officer functions from Dr. Philip Comberg, who has for personal reasons, resigned as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of VivoPower. In addition, VivoPower has identified a qualified new Chief Financial Officer, who it expects to appoint shortly.

Kevin Chin, VivoPower’s Non-Executive Chairman of the Board, said, “The Board is very pleased that Carl has agreed to take on this executive leadership role. Carl’s deep experience in the energy industry and financial sector will be valuable to VivoPower in executing on its next stage of development and establishing a strong pattern of growth, profitability and value creation.”

Carl Weatherley-White said, “VivoPower remains focused on building a global solar power platform and generating returns from the significant and growing pipeline of projects and global opportunities. I look forward to communicating our strategy and execution plans and delivering value to shareholders.”

Mr. Weatherley-White has been a member of the VivoPower leadership team since its founding and brings more than twenty years of renewable energy transaction and execution experience to his role. Prior to VivoPower, he served as President of Lightbeam Electric Company, a global renewable energy company. Previously, he served as Chief Financial Officer of K Road Power Holdings, a portfolio company of Barclays focused on solar development. Prior to his work in the solar industry, Mr. Weatherley-White was Head of Project Finance at Barclays and Lehman Brothers and led renewable energy tax equity investing at Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse. He earned a Bachelor of Science with honors from Brown University, and a Graduate Fellowship in economics and political science at the University of Cape Town. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

About VivoPower

VivoPower is a global solar power company that develops and operates an installed solar power asset base in a capital efficient manner. VivoPower does this by aggregating photovoltaic (PV) solar projects underpinned by long term power purchase agreements and then arranges corporate and project financing, engineering design and equipment procurement and manages the construction and development of such solar PV projects for asset owners. VivoPower intends to leverage this asset base to sell distributed generation power, and manage and provide power support services (encompassing operations, maintenance and optimization) and data driven energy services for commercial, industrial and government customers, pursuant to long term contracts with the asset owners so as to maximize the performance and value of their solar assets.

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Julie-Anne Byrne
Investor Relations

Source:VivoPower International PLC