Mr. Morro was appointed to our Board in February 2014 and was appointed our Managing Director and Chairman in January 2015. Mr. Morro is a Managing Partner of the InterAmerican Group, a U.S. investment and advisory firm focused primarily on middle-market businesses with cross-border operations in North America and/or Latin America. Prior to joining InterAmerican in 2001, Mr. Morro headed private equity business units for BMO Group and Heller Financial and was a Principal and shareholder of the international management consulting firm, Cresap, McCormick & Paget until shortly after its acquisition by Towers, Perrin. He holds an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and a Masters degree from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Mr. Morro has three decades of senior executive and board experience with more than 20 companies, both public and private, in which he has been a direct investor.
Mr. Botto is a member of our Board and joined the company in 2011, initially as a consultant. In 2012, he was appointed Senior Vice President of Strategy & Development and, in 2013, he was appointed as a Board member. Mr. Botto has extensive energy industry experience, having worked in various roles in the energy supply industry in Australia and North America over 30 years. These roles have included senior executive positions responsible for wholesale energy trading, retail marketing, corporate strategy, risk management and regulatory/corporate affairs. Immediately prior to joining our company, Mr. Botto was a senior executive with CLP (0002.HK) working in Melbourne, Australia from 2004 to 2010. Mr. Botto has a Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) from University of NSW and a Graduate Diploma in Engineering (Asset Management) from Monash University.
Mr. Ferrari has been a non-executive member of the Board since May 10, 2016. Mr. Ferrari has a wide variety of experience in asset, institutional, private, philanthropic and sustainable development management, and also in real estate and trusteeship. In 1990, Mr. Ferrari founded CONINCO Explorers in finance SA, of which he is currently the CEO, a company specialised in consulting services for institutional investors, asset valuation and responsible finance. Mr. Ferrari has set up several sustainable investment solutions including ONE CREATION, a cooperative company delivering comprehensive support to listed and non-listed companies active in the CleanTech industry, and the ONE Sustainable Fund-Global Environment, a global equity fund investing in listed companies with a positive impact on the environment.
Mr. Pillinger is our Chief Financial Officer, having been appointed to this role in October 2011, and also served as our Corporate Secretary since May 2010. Immediately prior to joining the company, Mr. Pillinger held positions with a number of WHSP affiliates, including portfolio Chief Financial Officer for Pitt Capital Partners Limited, BKI Investment Company and Souls Private Equity Limited and Chief Executive Officer of Corporate and Administrative Services Pty Ltd. WHSP is currently our second largest shareholder. Mr. Pillinger’s previous roles within other ASX listed companies include Group Finance Manager and Commercial Manager for Volante Group Limited and Commander Communications Limited, respectively. Mr. Pillinger has significant international business experience, having worked in accounting audit and advisory positions in London before relocating to Australia. Mr. Pillinger is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants England & Wales and has a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Nottingham.