Desmond named VP at BrightSource Concentrated Solar Energy

BrightSource Energy, Inc., a concentrated solar thermal technology company, added three new energy sector veterans to its management team. The newest members of the leadership team include: Joe Desmond, senior vice president of government affairs and communications; Stephen Wiley, senior vice president of U.S. development; and Yasser Dib, regional vice president of international business development. All three positions are effective immediately.

“By adding Joe, Stephen and Yasser to our world-class management team, we’re gaining decades of private and public sector energy industry experience,” said John Woolard, President and CEO, BrightSource Energy, Inc. “I look forward to working with our new team members as we build on the company’s many accomplishments and continue setting the bar globally for the utility-scale solar industry.”

Mr. Desmond brings more than two decades of private and public energy sector experience to his role at BrightSource, where he oversees communications, marketing, and government and regulatory affairs. Prior to joining BrightSource, Desmond served as executive vice president and Chief Marketing & Business Development Officer at Ice Energy, Inc. and senior vice president of external affairs at NorthernStar Natural Gas. Desmond also served numerous executive roles under California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger including Deputy Secretary of Energy for the State Resources Agency, Chairman of the California Energy Commission and Undersecretary for Energy Affairs. Prior to public service, Desmond spent four years as President and Chief Executive Officer of Infotility, Inc. Previously, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Electronic Lighting, Inc., and vice president of Parke Industries.

As the lead on all U.S. development activities, Mr. Wiley will manage the site selection, permitting, development and delivery of utility-scale solar power projects. In his more than two decades of energy sector experience, Wiley served as President at Gallop Power LLC and President at Greenhunter Renewable Energy. Mr. Wiley also held management roles at Gamesa Energy, TIP Strategies, Reliant Energy and Dynegy. Additionally, he worked for the Public Utility Commission of Texas.

BrightSource Energy, Inc. designs, develops and sells concentrating solar thermal power systems that deliver reliable clean energy to utilities and industrial companies. The company has contracted to sell approximately 2.6 gigawatts of power to be generated using its proprietary solar thermal technology.