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.
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 strategy officer, Bennett helps define, develop and sustain Ecova’s business and technology strategy in order to drive growth. Bennett oversees strategic planning and corporate development, including managing partnerships and mergers and acquisitions. He also leads corporate and product marketing efforts to ensure Ecova’s solutions are effectively communicated to the market.
“Ecova’s mission of combining data, insight, and action has the potential to deliver engagement and savings to commercial customers at a speed and cost that has never been done before.”
Bennett has spent more than 15 years building and leading companies around data and analytics. He has consistently developed innovative ways to utilize data, software, and emerging analytical approaches – from acquiring and operating more than $500 million in commercial building assets to enabling more effective institutional portfolio management for endowments and high-net worth individuals. In 2009, Bennett co-founded Retroficiency, a venture-backed, leading energy analytics software company acquired by Ecova in October 2015. Under his leadership, Retroficiency was selected by Forbes as one of America’s Most Promising Companies and by BusinessWeek as one America’s Most Promising Social Enterprises.
Bennett earned his B.A. in economics and entrepreneurship from The Johns Hopkins University and his M.B.A. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management.
In his free time, Bennett can usually be found enjoying the outdoors or coaching one of his children’s many sporting activities.
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.
Biki leads the product management function for Ecova, where he is responsible for defining the worldwide product vision, product strategy, and business model for products across the Energy & Sustainability lifecycle. Biki brings 25+ years of work experience in strategy and building products in the technology industry and during his stint at Ecova he has rapidly come up to speed on the Energy & Sustainability industry.
“This is an exciting time for the energy & sustainability industry with digitization, de-carbonization and de-centralization having deep impact on how our customers manage and optimize energy. It also presents an opportunity for Ecova to increase its offerings to provide greater value to customers.”
Biki brings rich multi-disciplinary leadership, experience and knowledge to his role. He has a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, a Masters in Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, and a MBA from the Wharton School.
When he is not working, Biki enjoys yoga and long pensive walks.
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.
Martin Sieh is responsible for leading the operations, sales, client management and fulfillment teams that serve our clients across the globe – delivering energy and sustainability solutions, driving insight and action worldwide. Martin is leveraging 25 years of experience in the energy and sustainability industry along with organizational and people leadership skills, Martin delivers 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.
As chief legal officer, Christine oversees Ecova’s legal team which provides counsel on a wide variety of matters for Ecova. In addition, Christine serves as the company’s Ethics Officer and Privacy Officer.
“There are so many disruptive changes happening in the energy industry – the shift to renewables, advances in batteries and demand response, and the development of distributed generation technologies to name a few. Ecova understands these changes and has the ability to help clients harness them to reduce resource usage and spend.”
Prior to joining Ecova in 2013, Christine practiced law for eight years at Tonkon Torp LLP, a leading business law firm serving clients throughout the Northwest. Christine has been an active member of the Board of Directors of Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest since 2009.
Christine graduated from The Evergreen State College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. She earned her Juris Doctor cum laude from Boston College Law School.
When Christine isn’t working, she enjoys traveling with her husband, playing with her Basset Hound Brophy, and indulging in the food and wine of the Pacific Northwest.