Chairman and Managing Director
Driven by a passion for clean energy, S. Bhanot founded Staten Solar in 2008 after selling his last venture in the software field. Staten has since constructed over 25 MW of projects; Developed over 100MW project pipeline and evaluated/ invested in over 60MW of solar projects.
Sandipan holds an MBA from Hass School of Business, University of California, Berkeley and a B. Tech. in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi. He is also an invited Charter Member of TiE (www.tie.org) where he volunteers his time mentoring numerous startups that come to him for advice.
Sandipan spent the first 20 years of his career in the high tech industry creating managing, marketing and selling complex software systems to design and verify semiconductors and systems at companies such as Cadence and Synopsys.
In his spare time, Sandipan loves to read, listen to interesting podcasts, spend time with his family. cook and ponder the creation and meaning of this and other parallel universes.
Chief Financial Officer
Tom brings to Staten extensive background implementing financial processes and controls for private and public companies in the services and manufacturing sector. He has served as the CFO of publicly listed companies for over two decades. Prior to Staten, Tom was the CFO at Sigma Designs and prior to that Catalyst Semiconductors. Earlier in his career, Tom was controller, division controller, and finance and accounting manager for various well-respected companies including Sanmina Corp and NEC Electronics.
Throughout his career Tom has achieved profitable growth by developing strategic and operating financial plans that prioritize investments across multiple business units. He has created and scaled finance organizations, led the implementation of several financial systems, negotiated and led real estate transactions, led the investor relations functions and played a key role in several strategic financings. At Staten, Tom is helping build a world-class financial organization and processes that can support the company’s explosive growth.
In his spare time, Tom loves to drive, be with nature and take good care of his trees. He holds a Bachelors in Accounting from San Diego State University.
Senior VP, Projects
Devanand Shukla is an Electrical Engineer with 30+ years of experience and has worked for top-tier solar companies like Moser Baer Solar, Jakson Group and Azure Power Ltd.
Dev has led the development and construction of over 700 MWs of utility scale solar projects most of which were commissioned in the last 7 years. The largest solar park he has built is a 100 MW project in Gujarat, India. He is also a recognized industry expert in Project Development – Land, Grid Studies and PPA Negotiations.
At Staten, Dev is responsible for building and overseeing cross functional teams involved in Design, Engineering, Selection of Land, Project Budgeting Controls, Construction and Commissioning of Plants. Dev holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Telecommunications from Bangalore University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi.
In his leisure, Dev loves to try adventurous sports. He has bungee-jumped in 6 continents across the world! He believes it is worth making every day of his life a thrilling adventure.
Director of Construction
Napoleon comes to Staten with over 45+ years of combined EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) experience that spans three continents in the world. His profound expertise and industry acumen bring exceptional leadership qualities to the board.
Napoleon has extensive experience as a project manager and supervisor in electrical distribution of aerial and control systems. He has led the entire process of revision, budgeting, contracting and administration for about 135 environmental projects in Venezuela. Napoleon has always had a passion for nature and the environment, and from 2017 he has been able to take his diverse skillset and focus them in the solar industry.
As the Director of Construction at Staten, Napoleon is responsible for overseeing all aspects of planning, procurement, construction, project management and commissioning of small & large-scale solar projects in California. He leads a project execution team of well-educated professionals to fulfill all the construction commitments.
Napoleon has a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Universidad Central de Venezuela and a Masters in Control Systems from the Imperial College, London. In his free time, Napoleon loves to take nature walks. He also enjoys spending time with his family and learning new skills of self-sufficiency.
Director of Customer Experience
Jorge was recruited into Solar in 2010, and discovered the gratifying work of helping people and the environment, igniting his passion for the field. At Staten Solar, he leads the Customer Experience team that is responsible for defining and implementing customer experience strategy, ensuring translation of the Staten brand promise into all company processes and customer touch points, and promoting a customer-centric culture.
In previous solar roles, he led procurement, inventory control, transportation and IT system integration with operations and accounts payable.
For the 20 years prior to joining Staten, Jorge worked for Compaq and HP where he successfully led global teams in most supply chain areas, as well as in project management of IT implementation of supply chain systems like SAP and Oracle, in Latin America, Asia and India.
A Texas A&M industrial engineering graduate, and a PMI PMP, Jorge has also been a consultant and trainer in Project Management and enjoys speaking at various Supply Chain events and Universities, he is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and had the chance to live in Mexico, Brazil, Singapore and the US.
When not working with customers and team members, Jorge enjoys travelling, snowboarding, sailing, and hiking.
Director of Engineering and Project Management
As Director of Product Development with solar tech leaders like SunPower, Stion and Akeena, she has successfully led product certification and deployment of the world’s first integrated racking plug and play AC solar module. She also defined and executed the pilot production for an innovative solar roofing product.
At Staten, she heads the Design and Engineering team and is responsible for providing Engineering leadership and guidance for designing innovative solar systems for agricultural and C&I customers.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Science and Optical Engineering from the University of California, Davis and an MBA from Santa Clara University. Further, she is also NABCEP certified. This license is valuable to an industry executive providing a thorough foundation and understanding of the photovoltaic industry.
Cathy is an admitted food connaisseur who likes sampling new restaurants and exotic dishes in her leisure.
Director of Business Development, Africa Projects
George is a dynamic sales and marketing executive with over 20 years’ experience focused on execution and results and who has led high performing teams.
Prior to joining the solar industry, George spent 13 years with Comcast where he was constantly recognized for delivering results in the highly competitive California market space.
At Staten, George is responsible for strategic planning and building strategic relationships across the African continent.
George holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Kenyatta University. He likes looking for undiscovered running trails to train in his quest to compete in a major marathon every year.
Narendra Nath Batabyal
VP Corporate Affairs
N.N. Batabyal thinks that increasing access to energy is critical for ensuring socio-economic development in the world’s poor countries. He joined Staten India to help serve underprivileged people by increasing their access to Solar Energy.
N.N. Batabyal has a total experience of more than 25 years in multiple industries and has worked with European Companies like Icap Sira, Forbo Helmitin. Before joining Staten India, he was Company Secretary & Legal Counsel for PFIZER group Company (Capsugel) where he was responsible for Legal, Cross border transaction, compliance, and Corporate Governance.
He has managed IPO, Right Issues, Merger Amalgamation, Financing from Institution, Venture Capital, Business development, Project Implementation, Cross border transaction and is a fine blend of Legal & Finance with International Exposure. He has also travelled to Europe, South Africa, Bangladesh and Ethopia for various assignments. He served on the Board of Directors of HLC, as Alternate Director to Medini of Icap sira in their joint venture in India and also in Labotron Instruments Ltd (which works for Lieca USA).
Mr. Batabyal is Fellow Member of ICSI and holds a LL.B degree from university of Calcutta and B.com (Hons) From Burdwan University. He also holds certificate in personnel management and financial management from Jadavpur University . He loves to travel and explore the various cultures of this world.
He was born in Shantiniketan West Bengal, the Place of Rabindranath Tagore. The calm serenity and purity of Shantiniketan, where he grew up, helps him keep calm during complicated and stressful negotiations.
N.N.B. Believes in High Thinking and Simple Living philosophy, and loves to spend times with his Family.