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. Cotrel is the Founder and, until his retirement in 2008, was President of Group Quietude, a real estate investment and operations firm with properties in Europe. From 1976 through his retirement in 2000 to form Group Quietude, Mr. Cotrel held senior executive positions first with the Sofamor Group, a world leader in manufacturing devices, equipment and biomaterials used in the treatment of spinal and cranial disorders, and then with its successor companies through various business combinations. In this capacity he developed distribution networks in more than 20 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Successor businesses to Sofamor Group included the Sofamor-Danek Group, which was formed through business combination with Danek USA and then Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) which merged with Sofamor-Danek Group in 1999. Mr. Cotrel holds a MSc in Management from IAE Lille and a Bachelor of Law degree from L’Ecole de Notariat de Paris.
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.
Emmanuel is our Senior Vice President and heads our Data Management and O&M business. As Chief Executive Officer of BlueNRGY LLC. Mr. Cotrel founded BlueNRGY LLC in 2012 and served as its Chief Executive Officer since inception. Prior to founding BlueNRGY LLC he was a co-founder and principal of an investment fund, L14 FCP SIF, affiliated with the Edmond de Rothschild Bank; the fund targeted investments in or acquisition of renewable energy infrastructure projects across Europe, specifically wind and solar power generation systems. Before co-founding BlueNRGY and L14, Mr. Cotrel was a co-founder of SeaMobile, Inc. (USA), currently an industry leader in global maritime telecommunications where he was active in acquisitions and other development matters until 2006. Prior to his involvement with SeaMobile, Mr. Cotrel worked in the International Private Banking division at HSBC Private Bank in New York. He is an active member of the US-based Cotrel Spinal Research Foundation and the France-based Yves Cotrel Foundation affiliated with the Institut de France. Mr. Cotrel graduated from IMIP MBA Institute (INSEEC business school in Paris, France) in 2004.