Amonix Inc. had named Silicon Valley venture capital executive Jan van Dokkum its interim chief executive officer following the death of Brian Robertson in a plane crash last month, a company spokesman confirmed Tuesday.
Privately held Seal Beach, Calif.-based Amonix makes solar power systems for commercial use. The company’s North Las Vegas plant, which opened in July and employs more than 300 people, is a joint venture with Singapore’s Flextronics.
Dokkum is a partner and lead investor with Menlo Park, Calif.-based Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, an investor in Amonix.
Before joining Kleiner Perkins in 2009, van Dokkum spent seven years with South Windsor, Conn.-based UTC Power, a division of United Technologies Corp. He managed UTC Power’s generation products and services.
The Amonix board has formed a search committee to find a new chief executive.
Robertson, 38, became Amonix’s chief executive in 2009, when the company acquired Sunworks Solar LLC, a solar manufacturing plant developer that he co-founded in 2008. He was killed Dec. 23 when the twin-engine plane he was piloting crashed near York, Pa.
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