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Bill Lenihan

CEO, Zola Electric

Bill Lenihan joined ZOLA Electric in 2015 and currently serves as CEO where he oversees engineering, commercial, operations, finance, and corporate development.  Under Bill’s leadership, ZOLA has expanded from 1 to over 10 countries on four continents, providing its networked hardware and software solutions to over 1.5 million people most in need of energy access.  Further, ZOLA has built a first of its kind technology platform, purpose built to address worldwide Energy Inequality afflicting the 2.5 billion that live without reliable and affordable energy.  This platform delivers community level electrification across rural, urban, residential, commercial, on-grid or off-grid environments.   Bill’s experience extends across operations and private equity, working with such companies as Goldman Sachs, Bain & Company, Calera Capital and as Executive Vice President of International at Switch Lighting. As Managing Director at Calera Capital, a private equity firm managing $2 billion of capital, Bill led the firm's investment efforts in the consumer and industrial sectors. He received a B.A. cum laude in Business and Economics from UCLA and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a dual degree in Strategic Management and Finance.