Marc van Gerven

Marc is responsible for Shell’s Solar and Storage activities globally and heads up the Shell New Energies office located in San Francisco, California. The office is active in a diverse range of operations including New Fuels, Connected Energy, Shell Technology Ventures and Solar.

Prior to joining Shell, Marc served as the Regional Vice President, Africa, Europe, and Turkey at First Solar. As part of his role he led a multi-national team that covered business development and sales operations from offices in Germany, Turkey, Belgium, Morocco and South Africa. Marc joined First Solar in 2011, where his responsibilities included the incubation of new business models and market segments globally, the leadership of the Company’s strategic marketing functions including the Company’s corporate development activities, as well as the development and implementation of a global accounts sales strategy and team.

Before his transition to First Solar, Marc was the Chief Executive Officer of Q-Cells North America where he built a turnkey solar power plant business in the distributed generation market serving Utilities and IPP’s. He was also part of the founding team of Solaria, a solar technology start-up.  Earlier in his career, he was responsible for an Upstream Oil & Gas business segment at GE and spent four years with Chevron Geothermal, where he developed large scale geothermal power production projects in Asia and Latin America.

Marc currently serves on the Shell Foundation “Energy Company of the Future” Advisory Board. He previously served on the Boards of Powerhive and Clean Energy Collective as well as the Solar Energy Industries Association and Solar Power Europe.