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Management Team

Michael D. LeClair
President & CEO Babcock Power Inc. (BPI)
Mike LeClair was promoted to the role of President and CEO of Babcock Power Inc. in June of 2009.  Mr. LeClair has been with BPI since its founding and an integral part of the executive management team. With a keen focus on credibility, safety and environmental sustainability, Mr. LeClair successfully built a team of dedicated professionals who together launched Babcock Power Inc. as a worldwide success in power generation and green thinking. He started with Vogt Power International in 1999 as Vice President of Engineering, advanced to Chief Operating Officer of Vogt Power International in 2002, and in 2006 became President and CEO of Vogt Power International (VPI). Mr. LeClair has more than twenty-six years of experience in the power industry holding a variety of positions with major companies in the power generation market including: Combustion Engineering/ABB, Tampella/Steinmüller and Kvaerner. Mr. LeClair received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and his MBA from Western New England College.

James D. Dougherty
President Babcock Power Environmental Inc. (BPE)
Jim Dougherty joined Babcock Power Inc. in March 2002 as President of Babcock Power Environmental Inc. Mr. Dougherty applies a broad range of experience in large capital projects, project management, and plant operations in his innovative leadership style of this group. Prior to joining BPI, Mr. Dougherty was Senior Vice President of Engineering and Construction for Wheelabrator Technologies, Inc. In that capacity, he managed large retrofit projects, engineered solutions, and conducted complex contract negotiations. At Wheelabrator Technologies, Mr. Dougherty served in a variety of positions in plant operations, including the management of 16 independent power plants located across the country. Mr. Dougherty is a co-inventor on four patents for plant operations. He received a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York.

Edward C. Dean
President Babcock Power Services (BPS)
Ed Dean was promoted to President of Babcock Power Services Inc. in October 2009. Mr. Dean joined Babcock Power Inc. in 2008 as Vice President, Western Region for Babcock Power Sales. He has more than 35 years of experience within the power industry, an extensive background in construction and project management, and has held numerous business leadership positions. Incorporating his passion for client focus into his vision for the BPS business unit, he leverages the company’s excellent product and service portfolio to provide clients with personalized, integrated solutions. Prior to BPS, Mr. Dean served as Executive Vice President, Power Services & Construction for the Foster Wheeler Power Group, and led the Central Region Power Services business unit as Regional Vice President. Mr. Dean has also worked for Tampella Power as Director of Project Management and at ABB Canada as Director of Project Management & Construction Services. Mr. Dean also held numerous key operations and management roles within the construction services division throughout his 19-year career with Combustion Engineering/ABB. Mr. Dean received his bachelor’s degree from California State University Long Beach.

Thomas Richardson
President Thermal Engineering International (TEI)
Tom Richardson joined Babcock Power Inc. as President and CEO of Thermal Engineering International (USA) Inc. (TEi) in February 2017. Tom is uniquely qualified in this role having extensive prior experience in both the Power Generation and Oil and Gas Industries and product expertise in heat exchangers, feedwater heaters, condensers and MSR’s.
Prior to TEi, Tom was with Hoerbiger Service Inc., a leading Engineering Compression company in the Oil and Gas industry where he served as President of their Canadian operations. Prior to Hoerbiger, Tom served as VP, Service for Senvion, managing wind O&M contracts and taking the business from approximately 500MW under contract in the USA to over 1GW installed base in each of the US and Canada. Tom also spent over 15 years with Alstom in various roles of increasing responsibility. Having led the heat exchanger operations based in France; Tom then moved to the US to become VP, then President of their Heat Exchange Division. He then moved to Asia to manage the region for Alstom Transport. Tom then returned to the US with Alstom to lead their thermal service business as Vice President West USA and Mexico and Vice President, Environmental Service Operations.

Anthony A. Brandano
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer – Babcock Power Inc. (BPI)
Tony Brandano, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Babcock Power Inc., joined the company in 2001 and was a key member of the executive team when the company was founded in November 2002. Since its inception, he has led the company’s financial operations including bank financing and surety renewals. Previously, Mr. Brandano’s responsibilities included worldwide financial reporting and audit coordination for Babcock Power Capital Corporation and its affiliates. Prior to joining Babcock Power Inc., Mr. Brandano acquired extensive experience working with several publicly traded companies, including Vice President of Finance at Palomar Medical Technologies (NASDAQ: PMTI); Vice President of Finance and CFO, respectively, at NaviSite (NASDAQ: NAVI) and iCast, both subsidiaries of the CMGI Group (NASDAQ: CMGI). Mr. Brandano began his career at Arthur Andersen in Boston where he became a Senior Manager in the High Technology practice and was involved in a number of public offerings. He is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a B.S. in Accounting from Merrimack College, North Andover, Massachusetts.

John H. Heffernan
Executive Vice President and Chief HR OfficerBabcock Power Inc. (BPI)
John Heffernan joined Babcock Power, Inc. in 2011 as Executive Vice President and Chief HR Officer of Babcock Power Inc., where he is responsible for all aspects of the function including performance management, training, organizational development, benefits and wellness initiatives, employee relations, compensation systems, employer branding, and talent acquisition. With proven effective leadership skills, Mr. Heffernan aligns HR to support the operational plans and competitive strategies of BPI. Mr. Heffernan joined BPI after serving at specialty chemicals manufacturer Rhodia, Inc. where he held various key leadership positions including Director of Global Human Resources and, most recently, Vice President of Human Resources for North America. Mr. Heffernan received his Bachelor of Science, Business Administration, from Ramapo College of New Jersey.

William J. Ferguson Jr.
Executive Vice President – Administration, General Counsel & Secretary Babcock Power Inc. (BPI)
William Ferguson, Jr. joined Babcock Power Inc. in September 2007 and is the Executive Vice President – Administration, General Counsel and Secretary of Babcock Power Inc.  Prior to joining Babcock Power, Mr. Ferguson was a partner in the law firm of McCarter & English LLP.  He previously was the Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of Raytheon Engineers & Constructors International, Inc.  Before joining Raytheon, Mr. Ferguson practiced engineering and construction law as a partner at Gadsby & Hannah in Boston, Massachusetts, and as a partner in the McLean, Virginia office of Watt, Tieder, Killian & Hoffar.  Mr. Ferguson holds a Bachelor of Engineering Science degree in Electrical Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor degree from Boston College Law School.

Douglas J. Harding
Vice President, Strategic Operations Babcock Power Inc. (BPI)
DJ Harding was promoted to the role of Vice President Strategic Operations of Babcock Power Inc. in June of 2012. Mr. Harding plays a key role in helping to expand Babcock Power Inc.’s market and market share both domestically and internationally. He is responsible for overseeing market analysis, strategic planning including mergers and acquisitions. Strategic Operations will follow and evaluate market trends, competition, new markets and new technologies. Mr. Harding joined Babcock Power Inc. in 2010 as Manager of Strategic Operations with experience in investment banking and investment management. He came to Babcock Power Inc. from Sirios Capital Management, a Boston hedge fund, where he analyzed the electric utility, energy and healthcare services industry sectors. Mr. Harding has an undergraduate degree from Brown University in International Relations and Business Management. In addition, he received his MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Xavier A. Dorai
Chief Operating Officer – Babcock Power Inc. (BPI)
Xavier Dorai was named Chief Operating Officer of Babcock Power in April 2015. Previous to this appointment, Mr. Dorai was President and CEO of TEI. He joined Babcock Power Services Inc. in June 2008. With more than 25 years experience in the power generation industry, Mr. Dorai is skilled in the development and implementation of strategic direction to achieve company objectives. His leadership has engineered proven results and exceeded expectations for clients and the company, including: Achieved Bookings Goals for BPS developing and selling a complete portfolio of products and services for Power Generation; booked Contract Releases for Biomass, Solar and Refused Derived Fuel Projects that would lead to positive project revenues; and developed AQCS projects for large U.S. Utility Clients towards potential early release and engineering start in a challenging financial environment. Mr. Dorai held a variety of positions with Babcock Power Inc. (BPI) and its subsidiaries including: Chief Operating Officer of TEi; Vice President, BPS; President and CEO, Babcock-Thermo Carbon Capture; Vice President Sales North America, BPS; and Vice President, Engineered Projects & Support Services, BPS. Prior to joining BPI, Mr. Dorai served as Vice President of Services Projects Execution, Midwest and Western Regions for Foster Wheeler Corporation, a leading international contractor and power equipment supplier. Mr. Dorai received his M.B.A. degree in Finance, International Business and General Management from the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago, his M.S degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Illinois University, and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University.

Kumar Gopathi
Executive Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer, Global Supply Chain Management Babcock Power Inc. (BPI)
Kumar Gopathi, Executive Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer, Global Supply Chain Management of Babcock Power Inc., leads all activities of the Global Sourcing, Supply Management and Quality groups; and also guides Corporate Manufacturing for all BPI Companies. In 2004, he joined BPI as Global Sourcing Director and in 2009 was elevated to Vice President, Global Strategic Sourcing to head the BPI Corporate Sourcing group. Mr. Gopathi joined Vogt Power International Inc. in 1992 and has held various management positions including; Manager of Field Services, and Director of International Operations. Mr. Gopathi has more than 35 years of experience in the power industry and is a specialist in the international supply chain arena. Mr. Gopathi holds a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee; and Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Madras (India). He has also achieved the recognition of Certified Purchasing Manager (Life time).