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Charles Haythornthwaite




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Charlie joined Chrysalix EVC in 2008, bringing eight years of experience in energy and seven years with startup companies. Charlie specializes in marrying his applied physics and materials science technical background with his marketing, partnering and entrepreneurial experience to uniquely link complex technology stories to exciting market opportunities

Prior to joining Chrysalix EVC, Charles helped found Soliant Energy, a solar energy startup based in California that develops PV modules with the leading rooftop energy density for commercial buildings. As Vice President of Product Management, he was responsible for product strategy and customer development at the company, and successfully won Soliant a $5 million award from the US Department of Energy’s Solar America Initiative.

Before moving to North America, Charles lived in Britain where he held several business development and marketing positions in fast growing technology companies. At Biral, he built strategic partnerships with key customers and led the product marketing for the company’s new optical sensor technology for homeland defense. He was also the UK representative on a NATO technical committee for long-range optical detection of chemical and biological warfare agents.

Charlie has a PhD in laser physics and material science from the University of Southampton in the UK. He also has an MBA from Berkeley where he was a Haas Venture Capital Fellow and a Sainsbury Management Fellow, a highly competitive scholarship from the UK Royal Academy of Engineering.