As president and CEO of Ecova, Jana Schmidt is responsible for maintaining a clear vision for the company as the leader in total energy and sustainability management. Jana is recognized as a proven leader with a depth of experience in sales and client advocacy who can grow companies through driving results and enhanced customer loyalty to become leaders in their respective industries.
“Bringing the benefits of Ecova’s full product and service offerings to our clients will enable them to better understand their resource use, lower their costs, and improve environmental performance.”
Prior to becoming president and CEO, Jana was responsible for driving revenue growth as head of the sales and client management teams. She also led operations for Ecova’s foundational expense and data management service. Before joining Ecova, Jana was Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Harland Clarke Corp. In that role, she led a national sales, client management and marketing organization that served over 11,000 clients in the financial services industry with over $1 billion in revenue. Prior to this role, Jana led Marketing Services within Harland Clarke, responsible for sales and operational leadership, including call center management. Jana also served as Vice President of Business Development for Harland, leading the company’s organic growth strategies for its three business segments which included integrating acquisitions and developing cross sell methodologies across the organization.
Jana holds a B.S. in psychology from Colorado State University. She sits on the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Georgia and the National Diversity Council named Jana Schmidt one of 2010’s Most Powerful and Influential Women of Georgia.
When she is not leading Ecova, Jana loves spending time with her family and is an avid tennis player and a beginner golfer.
Donato leads the Ecova Utility Solutions team as it helps utilities achieve their savings goals and increase customer loyalty through targeted, personalized and cost effective programs that deliver value and make it easy for their customers to conserve energy. Donato also oversees the legal department, which provides counsel on a wide variety of matters for Ecova.
“Ecova understands the complex utility industry and the requirements of our clients to balance customers’ growing energy needs with energy efficiency programs.”
Prior to joining Ecova in 2010, Donato was senior vice president and general counsel for Hollywood Entertainment Corporation/Movie Gallery, Inc. At Hollywood, Donato supervised both the legal and real estate departments and was the head of the company’s utility department, where he partnered with Ecova for several years to help manage the company’s energy needs. Before that, Donato worked as a transactional attorney in law firm practice. He started his career as a Certified Public Accountant at a large multinational accounting firm.
Donato graduated Summa Cum Laude with his B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame and earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law.
In his free time, Donato enjoys exploring Oregon with his wife and two young children, especially the Columbia River Gorge.
As the company’s chief business development officer for international expansion, Olivier de Jonghe d’Ardoye is responsible for the development of Ecova outside of North America. This includes leading key functions such as sales and marketing, as well as the back-end support areas like finance, human resources, and legal at a regional level. He also works closely with the rest of the management team on global strategy, including assessing mergers and acquisitions.
“More of our clients need solutions that are global in nature and take advantage of experts and insight across continents. Ecova’s ability to leverage ENGIE’s global footprint and resources positions us very well in the growing energy and sustainability management industry. It’s an exciting time to be a part of this industry and this company.”
Olivier joined SUEZ in 2000 and prior to joining Ecova in the United States as the CFO, he held the position of CFO for the GDF SUEZ Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Business Unit (BU) where he had responsibility for Back Office, Middle Office & Risk Control, Business Control, Process & Internal Control and Technology. Organizationally, Olivier has been part of multiple teams at GDF SUEZ headquarters as well as GDF SUEZ Energy International Business Line and the GDF SUEZ LNG Business Unit. Prior to joining SUEZ in 2000, Olivier held multiple positions in Europe and the US within the banking and energy industries.
Olivier holds a Master’s degree from Solvay Business School at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. After spending a year in the U.S., Olivier returned to his native country of Belgium. Olivier speaks French, Dutch and English and enjoys spending time with his family, wine tasting and reading historic fiction.
As chief human resources officer, Julie Kearney is responsible for attracting, developing, motivating and retaining talent at Ecova. She leverages her 20-plus years of human resource and organizational development experience to direct all human resource operations, including talent acquisition, compensation and benefits employee training and development, leadership development, employee relations, employment policies and human resource systems.
Under her leadership, Ecova has been able to attract many talented, smart colleagues who are committed to the company’s mission, strategic vision and who work collaboratively to make a positive difference in the world.
“Our people are critical to our success and I am proud to say that Ecova has the best and brightest employees in our marketplace.”
Prior to joining Ecova in 2007, Julie worked as a human resources consultant focusing on clients in the energy industry, such as PacifiCorp/Scottish Power and Ecos. Julie’s experience also includes more than 10 years managing both domestic and international human resource initiatives and teams for Fortune 500 energy companies, such as PGE, Enron Broadband and Enron North America.
Julie holds a B.S. in business management and human resources management from the School of Business Administration at Portland State University.
A beach lover, Julie and her family spend as much time as possible at their house on the Oregon Coast.
As chief business performance officer, Lauren is responsible for coordinating and supporting key business processes across Ecova, including annual business planning and operational performance monitoring cycles. Additionally, Lauren leads the Program and Project Management Office, Quality and Business Process Improvement, Risk Management, Site Optimization, Corporate Responsibility, Information Security, and Safety for Ecova.
“It’s exciting to help connect and align such talented teams at Ecova, and see the remarkable impact and value these efforts are bringing to our clients and to our environment every day.”
Prior to joining Ecova in 2012, Lauren spent 10 years with Harland Clarke Holdings Corporation. As vice president of Internal Audit, she led a team responsible for the Sarbanes Oxley 404 compliance program and an audit plan covering financial, information technology, security, compliance and operational risks. Lauren’s experience also includes two years of business process risk consulting at Andersen LLP.
Lauren is a Certified Internal Auditor and holds a bachelor’s degree in financial management from Clemson University. Lauren loves being a mom, and when she is not working she enjoys playing just about anything outdoors and taking trips to the beach with family.
Vincent was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Ecova in February 2016, having previously been Deputy CFO of Cofely UK (rebranded ENGIE UK) since 2014. Vincent has held various roles within ENGIE, at the corporate level as well as in Suez Environment and the Energy Services business line, since 2008. Throughout his career, Vincent has developed his finance expertise in a number of international positions between China and Europe, in a context of restructuring, company mergers and fast-paced growth.
“I am personally very proud of contributing to this new energy economy: a virtuous circle where our clients can combine economic growth and sustainable behaviors.”
As the leader of finance and procurement, Vincent is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the company’s financial controlling environment, optimizing the efficiency of financial operations, driving financial performance and discipline in line with Ecova’s strategy and promoting a culture of continuous improvement and innovation.
Vincent holds a Master in Science degree from EM-Lyon business school and holds the CFA designation.
As chief commercial officer, Seth is responsible for Ecova’s sales, marketing and business development teams, helping the company solidify their position as a trusted advisor in the evolving energy and sustainability management market. Seth leads the team that is responsible for bringing to market compelling and innovative solutions that grow results for Ecova’s clients on their efforts to save resources.
“It’s a privilege to work with a group of people who are addressing one of the biggest, most difficult and most important challenges of our time: how to use our resources more effectively.”
Joining Ecova in 2010 from Parallels, Inc., a fast-growing cloud computing firm, Seth had an established track record working with companies in high- and hyper-growth stages. At Parallels, Seth led marketing for the company’s B2B division. Prior to that, he was vice president of products and solutions marketing for Amdocs, Inc., a $3.6 billion software and solutions provider for the telecommunications sector. Before that, he held field marketing and corporate communications positions in Nortel Networks, which was acquired by Amdocs.
Seth holds a B.A. in history from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN and an M.B.A. from Oxford University in Oxford, England.
When he is not working, Seth enjoys spending time with his family, reading real books (not in electronic format) and fly-fishing in the crisp rivers of the Pacific Northwest.
Martin Sieh is responsible for leading the operational teams that will serve our clients across globe. These teams are focused on delivering energy and sustainability solutions, driving insight and action worldwide. Martin leverages his 25 years of experience in the energy and sustainability industry along with organizational and people leadership skills to deliver a market leading client experience with world-class efficiency and process control.
“Ecova has built a strong business helping companies understand their utility data to make meaningful changes. But the future we’re building will be real-time and predictive.”
In the five years since joining Ecova, Martin has held leadership roles in the Sales and Client Management organization as well as the Expense and Data Management operating team. Most recently, Martin was focused on developing Ecova’s global expansion strategy.
Prior to joining Ecova through the acquisition of The Loyalton Group, Martin Sieh was a Founder and Chief Operating Officer of that organization. While at The Loyalton Group, Martin lead the company as it grew its energy management portfolio to over $5 billion, taking a market leadership position in several vertical markets including Hospitality and Sr. Health Care living.
Martin holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from North Dakota State University. When he’s not traveling the globe supporting Ecova, he enjoys time outdoors near any form of water – lakes, rivers or streams – as long as he is boating, fishing or chatting by the campfire.