Paul J. van der Wansem, the Chairman of our board of directors since 1979, returned as our Chief Executive Officer in October 2004 after a two-year hiatus. He previously served as our CEO from 1979 to July of 2002. From December 1977 to 1981, he served as Vice President of Holec, N.V., a Dutch electronics company, and from 1978 through 1981 he was president of Holec (USA), Inc. From 1973 to 1977, Mr. van der Wansem worked as a Management Consultant for the Boston Consulting Group, Inc., and from 1970 through 1973, Mr. van der Wansem worked as an Adjunct Director of First National City Bank in Amsterdam and New York. Mr. van der Wansem received an undergraduate degree in automotive engineering from Bromsgrove College, England, and holds an M.B.A. from IMD, Switzerland
Peter J. Tallian
Chief Operating Officer
Peter Tallian was appointed Chief Operating Officer in November 2012 after serving BTU as Chief Financial Officer in since April 2009. He previously served as CFO of Distributed Energy Systems Corporation and Chief Accounting Officer of Northern Power Systems, Inc., companies that serve the alternative energy market place. Prior to that, Mr. Tallian served as senior vice president, CFO and Treasurer at Transwitch Corporation, a leading provider of semiconductor solutions to the communications industry. He also served as executive vice president and CFO of Metavante Corporation, after beginning his career in finance with a number of strategic roles at IBM. Mr. Tallian holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
James M. Griffin
Vice President, Sales and Service; Officer
James M. Griffin has been our Vice President Sales and Service since April 2005. Previously, Mr. Griffin was our Vice President Sales-Americas, and has held a number of positions within our sales organization. He has been with us for 22 years. Mr. Griffin attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute in the mechanical engineering program.
John J. McCaffrey Jr.
Vice President, Operations and Engineering; Officer
Jack McCaffrey joined BTU early in 2008 as Vice President Engineering, Alternative Energy, in charge of engineering and product development. Later that year, he added Operations to his responsibilities. After graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy and serving as a nuclear engineer officer, he held a variety of positions at Polaroid. Jack joined Evergreen Solar as a startup in 1999, where he designed, built, and operated their U.S. pilot and initial manufacturing facilities, achieving required margin and revenue targets. He next worked with Q Cells to design the initial 30 megawatt EverQ factory in Germany. He then moved to Daystar Technologies, a CIGS thin film solar company, setting up their pilot line for foil, and led the initial design for their 25 megawatt glass manufacturing facility in California. Jack was also responsible for product development at both companies.