Executive Team Biographies
John R. Grizz Deal has over twenty years of experience in technology commercialization, tech-based startups, fast growing ventures, and product development. In addition to serving as CEO of IX Power, he is the managing director at Purple Mountain Ventures, and sits on the board of directors for Saint Blackwell, Inc.
Grizz was CEO and a co-founder of Hyperion Power Generation, a Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) spinout developing a Small Modular Reactor (SMR). He has also served as the chief marketing officer for Space Imaging, and was the founder and CEO of LizardTech, one of the more successful LANL spinouts. Additionally, Grizz has served as Entrepreneur in Residence for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) at Technology Ventures Corporation and as Visiting entrepreneur at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Grizz founded seven firms based on U.S. DOE technologies and holds graduate and undergraduate science degrees in geography from Texas A&M University. He is an adjunct faculty member of the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo.
Grizz is a frequent speaker and writer on energy technology and policy, product development, starting and growing advanced technology-based ventures, and issues in raising capital for such ventures.
Ms. Deal-Blackwell serves as the CEO of the IX Power Foundation. As the CEO of the five-state medical transportation charity Angel Flight Southeast, she resurrected the organization and doubled revenues and services in just one year. But her career did not begin in the nonprofit sector; initially she started in broadcasting. After leaving television, Deborah honed what would become her 25+ years of experience in public relations and marketing by serving a wide variety of clients in computer software, real estate development, consumer and business travel, and politics. Her clients are spread across the U.S., Asia, the Caribbean, and Russia.
Deborah has served on the boards of countless non-profit, civic, cultural and industry-specific organizations. She is a co-founder of Hyperion Power Generation and was the firm’s first employee. Deborah was the top executive in Hyperion’s Washington, D.C. office and directed all interaction with Capitol Hill and federal agencies based in the city. Her degrees in journalism-public relations and radio-TV were earned at the University of Central Florida. She is an accredited public relations specialist (APR).
Dr. Libutti is responsible for business and technology development strategy.
Dr. Libutti is a co-founder and the former VP of Engineering and Strategy for Hyperion Power Generation and for the software company LizardTech. He is the author of the book “IBM’s Systems Application Architecture.” After working in industry as an electrical engineer and as an officer in the U.S. Army, Dr. Libutti began a 32-year career with the IBM Corporation. He held various positions ranging from the IBM Applied Science representative to NASA Langley during the Project Mercury space shots to IBM Group Director, holding executive marketing and executive product development positions in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Dr. Libutti created the corporate business case, led the development team, and introduced the personal computer in Japan. He has served on several corporate boards, including Sapiens International, a publically traded, Israeli software company where he became co-CEO. Dr. Libutti holds a BS in Engineering Physics from Lehigh University and a MBA and a PhD in Business Administration. Dr. Libutti is also a graduate of IBM’s Systems Research Institute, earning the equivalency of a Masters degree in computer science.
Otis (Pete) Peterson
Chief Technical Officer, Chief Reactor Designer, IX Power companies
As Chief Technical Officer of IX Power, Dr. Peterson supervises the review of all energy technologies and the coordination of research efforts in the public and private sectors. Among his many career accomplishments, Dr. Peterson is the inventor of the original design for the unique Hyperion Power Module. He holds six patents including those for his inventions of the cw Dye Laser and Alexandrite Laser, which earned R&D 100 awards. In the 1990’s he served as science attaché at the American Embassy in London for environmental preservation and nonproliferation issues.
Dr. Peterson served as a group leader at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and held management positions at Eastman Kodak and Allied Chemical where he co-founded the laser induced chemistry program. He was also a co-founder of laser isotope separation program (AVLIS) at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, which continued for 26 years. His inventions and many publications have been cited by other authors in the technical literature well over 1000 times. He is a fellow of the Optical Society of America. He earned his Ph.D. in physics at the University of Illinois.
Jim Jones is head of business and revenue development at IX Power. With 29 years of technology sales and in excess of $500 million in sales credits, Mr. Jones brings a wealth of experience to the team. He has served in key sales roles at Digital Equipment, SUN, and Interleaf as well as executive positions at Sybase and Informix.
For the past 10 years, Jones has lead successful ventures as Chief Revenue Officer. He has been responsible for helping deliver first revenues as well as building the sales and business development teams that secure consistent company growth. He says, “I enjoy the energy of the early stage companies. I’m especially fond of driving revenue growth under almost any circumstance.”
In recent years he has worked with mobile telecoms operators around the glove. At SNAPin Software, he built the sales teams in North America and Europe. He successfully secured customers such as British Telecom, Orange UK, Vodafone, Armenia Spain, KPN, T-Mobile UK, T-Mobile US, and Cingular.
While serving three years as Chief Revenue Officer for Hyperion Power, Jones negotiated first ever sales contracts for the Hyperion Power Module, and built a pipeline of 134 committed buyers. He also built significant relationships in Russia, Canada, and South Africa. He likely knows more customer opportunities to provide new energy systems than any other single person on the planet. Mr. Jones’ other experience includes startups in enterprise software, energy conservation, telecoms, document management, and geospatial imaging. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in bioscience from the University of Washington and University of Texas.
Chief Financial Officer, IX Power companies
Randall Wilson is one of two key founders and was Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer of Technology Ventures Corporation (TVC), a private foundation funded by Lockheed Martin Corporation to commercialize national laboratory-developed technologies. He was instrumental in growing the business from a single-site, five-person enterprise into a multi-site, multi-funded operation with more than 40 employees. Over the course of 17 years, TVC fostered 115 start-up ventures, $1.18 billion in venture/equity capital investments, and 13,400 jobs. Mr. Wilson managed budgets and held oversight responsibility for grants from the US Department of Energy, US Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, US Department of Labor, and State of New Mexico and corporate funding from Lockheed Martin. He set up and maintained five not-for-profit 501(c)3s and served as Secretary of TVC. He served in this capacity from 1993 to 2011 and remains active in the technology commercialization community.
In addition to his work at IX Power, Mr. Wilson serves as the CFO and Secretary/Treasurer of the Sandia Science & Technology Park Development Corporation, chair of the Sandia Science & Technology Park Tenant Association, and Treasurer of the New Mexico Angels (a private investment group).
Mr. Wilson was named a Top Performing CFO by the NM Business Weekly and served on New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson’s Business Advisory Council. In 1992 and 1993, he was part of Lockheed Martin’s successful bid to manage Sandia National Laboratories. A graduate of Emory University, he also holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Rollins College, and has completed numerous C-level professional development courses.
Director, Chinese Operations, IX Power companies
Nancy Shi has more than 20 years of experience in the financial industry. A specialist in international trading, she is perhaps best noted for her real estate investment experience in China and the United States. She is also a co-founder of Interlink Trading and Investment Corporation based in California and the U.S. Most generous with her knowledge and experience, Nancy has served as an assistant professor at China’s School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University, and as an assistant professor at the School of Finance at the Central University of Finance and Economics. Nancy has lived in California and now resides in Beijing. She travels extensively.
Dr. Swan has over 30 years of experience practicing in the areas of UK, European, and US financial services law and regulation. His expertise spans authorisation and compliance, structured finance, trading and clearing, commodities and energy, MiFID, ISDA, ISLA (and other standard form agreements) and funds. He advises national governments, regulators, exchanges, clearing houses, banks, investment funds, brokerage houses, trade associations, commodity traders and commodity producers on all aspects of financial services regulation, documentation and litigation in New York, London and Paris.
Prior to joining Brown Rudnick, Dr. Swan was a partner at three major international law firms, where he specialised in financial services regulation and litigation advice to exchanges, major international trading houses and banks. He also established his own international financial services practice in New York where he was lead counsel in a number of landmark international financial markets cases. In addition to English, Dr. Swan also speaks excellent French.
Representative matters include legal advisor to the Council of European Energy Regulators on regulation of European wholesale gas and electricity trading; advising on major regulatory investigation in connection with the Madoff affair; advising a leading international bank on major acquisition of business of another leading international bank, and lead counsel in a landmark energy market manipulation case.
Dr. Swan is visiting professor at the Faculty of Law at University College London where he originated and taught the LLM course in Regulation of Financial Markets. He is admitted to the New York and US Federal Courts and the International Bar Association.
Assistant to the Executive Team
While earning her bachelors degree from DePaul University, Jillian worked for Illinois State Senator Obama as part of his Veteran’s Affairs Constituent Services department. She went on to work as an assistant to a European Union Parliamentarian while living and studying in Brussels, Belgium. Currently, she resides in Denver and is studying to earn a bachelors of science in biology from the University of Colorado Denver.
Antonio Gelonesi is the chairman and founder of 8180 Pty Ltd., and has over 26 years of experience in the global financial markets, having worked in all major global financial centres. In addition to international banking experience that includes traditional equities banking, he led Libertas Capital, GreenHouse Capital, and Bellatrix Energy. Mr. Gelonesi was also global head of the Deloitte and Touche Environmental Team on Climate Change Strategy, where he managed 75 professionals spread across 14 countries.
Mr. Gelonesi holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics, a Masters of Finance, and is completing work on his Ph.D.
Mr. M.K. Singh received a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi (President’s Silver Medal, and first in class) and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmadabad.
Mr. Singh has 32 years of experience in different areas of Business Management, with Real Estate Development & Financing being a focus area. His expertise extends to project management, industrial and general administration. Mr. Singh had earlier worked with Tata Administrative Service (18 years) and the Taj Group of Hotels (part of the Tata Group) as Vice President (Projects & Development). Within the Tata Group he trained with Tata Projects Ltd, Tata Robins Fraser Ltd, Tata Industries Ltd and Tata Services.
Mr. Singh led the Swiss multinational’s India business, Schindler India Ltd., for 5 years as Managing Director and set up the operations in India, to achieve a leadership position in their business, and a number three position in their sector business. Harvard Business School has written an entertaining case on the initial years of development.
He was appointed the Chief Executive and Executive Director in the Real Estate Division from July 2004 to lead the initiative in the property development business for the 130 year old listed (~25,000 shareholders) Bombay Dyeing for the Textile Mill Land Development, and to develop and manage their real estate assets, as well as third party JV developments with International & Domestic financial institutions. He continued in this role till July 2008.
He has been the Vice Chairman of Dawnay Day Group’s Property Development Business in India, as well as on the Board of the holding company, Dawnay Day Properties Limited, UK in a non-executive capacity till August 2008.
He has been an independent director on the Board of one of the largest listed Engineering Procurement Company (EPC) Punj Lloyd Limited, as well as an independent director on the Board of Sembawang Engineers & Construction Pte Limited, Singapore, (SembCorp) a leading Project Management and Construction Company in South East Asia and the Middle East till February 2009.
In 2009 & 2010, he worked on an financial structuring assignment for a well known hospital in London involving the first Islamic Bond issue by a UK Company, and developing mini-township projects with mid size developers in Goa. He advises large scale redevelopment projects within Mumbai under the ROMF (Remaking of Mumbai Federation). He believes that small nuclear power generation modules should be made available to India & developing countries in Africa & ME region, to bring them into the developed world.
In the years 2006 through 2008, he led the India Initiative 2010, which ran Fall Studios every year for the Graduate School of Design Harvard University, focusing on various segments of the ‘Redevelopment’ of Mumbai (Bombay), through the Center for Environment & Technology, at the GSD, Harvard University.