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Power Moves: Arcadia Power promotes first COO, Camber Creek taps Mitchell Schear

Plus, hiring news from Techstars, Accenture, MBO Partners and more.

Kate Henningsen, Arcadia's chief operating officer. (Photo via @ArcadiaPower on Twitter)

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Washington, D.C.-based Arcadia Power, a renewable energy tech company, has promoted its SVP of operations and general counsel, Kate Henningsen, to become its first COO.

In her new role, Henningsen oversees Arcadia Power’s member experience, analytics and data science, finance, policy and legal teams while focusing on new ways to scale the company for growth and impact, a press release states. Prior to joining Arcadia Power in 2015, she worked as a litigator at an international law firm and worked on an array political and policy campaigns.

“Startups need people who run to problems and solve them. That’s exactly what Kate has done for years at Arcadia Power,” said Kiran Bhatraju, Arcadia Power founder and CEO, said in a statement. “She cold reached out to me years ago saying she wanted to ‘build something transformational.’ With her helping to lead the way as COO, I’m convinced that we’ll get there in the fight against climate change.”


Savannah Schaefer, former policy counsel at the Telecommunications Industry Association, has joined CompTIA as senior director. In this new role, Schaefer will work on developing and advocating for CompTIA’s policy positions on cyber, supply chain security and other federal and global tech and telecom issues.

“Savannah brings to CompTIA a wealth of knowledge and experience on cyber and supply chain security issues and a deep understanding of how current challenges impact consumers, businesses, government and communities across the country,” said Cinnamon Rogers, executive VP for public advocacy at CompTIA, in a statement. “She will be a great asset and advocate for our industry as policymakers work towards solutions to address these complex global challenges.”


Miles Everson, former PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) global advisory and consulting leader, has joined Herndon, Va.-based MBO Partners as CEO. He succeeds the company’s founder, Gene Zaino, who will remain active in the business as founder and executive chairman of its board of directors.

Everson worked at PwC for more than 20 years in multiple capacities, including lead client service partner and is consulting leader at one point.


Camber Creek, a DC.-based real estate technology-focused venture capital investment firm, has tapped Mitchell Schear, former president of Vornado/Charles E. Smith, as an executive partner at its headquarters in D.C.

Schear brings more than 35 years of experience in the proptech industry to Camber Creek. The VC firm coined him as a mastermind behind the transformation of Crystal City into a tech and innovation hub for companies like Amazon to house their headquarters.

“This addition showcases the growing significance of PropTech and the momentum of the real estate technology industry. As traditional real estate continues to transform, Mitchell’s experience will be instrumental as we continue to expand as the market leader,” Casey Berman, founder and managing partner at Camber Creek, said in a press release.


Earlier this month, global aerospace and defense tech company Northrop Grumman named Kathy Warden as its new chairman of its board of directors, effective Aug. 1. Warden is now the company’s CEO, chairman and president. She succeeds Wes Bush, who has served as Northrop’s chairman since July 2011. He retired and resigned from the board on July 31.

“We are excited to have Kathy Warden assume the role of chairman. She has the full confidence of the board and our shareholders, customers and employees will greatly benefit from her leadership. Now is the right time for Kathy to assume the chairmanship of Northrop Grumman,” Donald Felsinger, Northrop’s lead independent director, said in a press release.


Accenture has made a few keys hires this month, starting with Eric Welling, who has joined Accenture Security’s incident response team as a senior security executive. This is the second former FBI hire the company has made in the last year after Howard Marshall was hired as the intelligence director for Accenture’s cyber threat intelligence services.

Welling brings more than 20 years’ experience at the FBI and was mostly recently deputy assistant director of the bureau’s cyber division. At Accenture, he’ll be in charge of the company’s North America Incident Response Command Center in the District, which is part of a global network of Cyber Fusion Centers.

Accenture also promoted Marty Rodgers to its Southeast senior managing director. He will also still retain his D.C. office managing director role and still lead the company’s Southeast Health & Public Service practice. Rodgers tapped the position after previous Southeast lead, Jimmy Etheredge, was promoted to Accenture’s group chief executive for North America.

In his new role, Rodgers will lead Accenture’s business in the Southeast region and will join the North America leadership team.


Steven A. Rodriguez has joined Techstars as the U.S. and Canada regional manager. He told that he will be leading Techstar’s community building and startup programs across both regions. In this new role, he said he will be triaging travel between Washington, D.C., New York and Columbia over the next year with broader North American travel.

He is also a Global Entrepreneurship Week DMV organizer, which is set to kickoff on Nov. 9. The week-long event series celebrated local founders and technologists.

Companies: Arcadia / Northrop Grumman / Techstars / Accenture / PricewaterhouseCoopers
Series: Power Moves

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