After five years as Wattwatchers Chair, Justine Jarvinen is stepping down as she focuses on rebalancing her time after moving into a new senior corporate role.
‘JJ’, as she’s known widely, will continue as one of Wattwatchers’ independent directors, and continues to fully support the Wattwatchers mission, the team, and the scale-up digital energy company’s growth path.
Wattwatchers CEO Gavin Dietz and the Board are delighted to announce that existing independent director Mark Gill will be the new Chair, effective immediately.
Dietz said: ‘Mark joined the Board in April 2022 and has quickly immersed himself in the details of Wattwatchers, its technologies and its operations, to help us achieve the fullest future we can. Mark brings with him a strong depth in executive leadership, support for the Board and the management team, and a valuable skill-set in support of our planned directions.
‘As the leading real-time energy data provider in Australia, with a strong Australian owned and Australian made philosophy, Wattwatchers continues to innovate in its space and plays an important role in the process of Net Zero energy reduction commitments.
‘The Wattwatchers Board and team would like to thank JJ for her five years as Chair, her valuable insights and her continuous support for the Wattwatchers business. She has been a great member of our Wattwatchers team and we look forward to continuing our engagement with JJ as an ongoing Board member.’
JJ said her time as Chair had coincided with a transformative period for Wattwatchers, beginning with its $4 million Series A capital raise in 2017, continuing through its $5.8 million Series B in 2021, a near tripling of team numbers, and year-on-year revenue growth including its first profitable year.
‘Energy technologies and the energy transition are my passion as well as being core to my professional career, and Wattwatchers is at the heart of both,’ said JJ. ‘I’ve loved being part of the company’s evolving journey, and I am delighted to continue to contribute.’
Mark Gill thanked JJ for the company’s progress under her chairmanship, and said Wattwatchers was now poised for further success off the back of high electricity prices in Australia and globally, strong uptake for Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, and Net Zero and ESG drivers in the commercial and industrial property sectors.
‘The company’s fundamentals are strong and its long-term commitment to data-driven solutions for multiple use cases across distributed energy resources (DER), energy efficiency and cost optimisation, green building, and decarbonisation positions it for growth at home and abroad,’ said Gill.
See announcement of experienced technology executive Mark Gill joining the Wattwatchers Board in April 2022. Justine Jarvinen and Mark Gill both featured in this article, Bright Sparks Fly, in Company Director magazine in August 2022, the same month as JJ took up the new role of Managing Principal, Sustainability and Climate Change, with Aurecon.