Acertitude Lands CFO for Aligned Energy

April 25, 2017 – Executive search firm Acertitude has placed Anubhav Raj as chief financial officer of Aligned Energy. The search was led by Kevin O’Neill, founder and managing partner, supported by partner Geoffrey Votta. Aligned Energy said this latest addition to its leadership team will further help the company to innovate and optimize data center infrastructure to reduce the social, economic, and environmental impact of the digital age.

An industry expert with more than a decade of demonstrated financial leadership on behalf of prominent data center, REIT and investment companies, Mr. Raj will direct major financial planning initiatives, as well as identify new and refine pre-existing efficiencies to achieve Aligned Energy’s fiscal objectives.

Culture of Innovation

He will work with the company’s executive leadership team to optimize growth by defining company goals and improving financial, sales and supply models, assessments and contracts. Additionally, he will establish internal thought leadership regarding the application of financial and operational performance metrics.

“Raj has an impressive track record of fostering profitable corporate expansion through the design and successful implementation of fiscal strategy and capital raising,” said Jakob Carnemark, founder and CEO of Aligned Energy. “His unique insight into both our company and market demands will prove invaluable as we continue to expand rapidly.”

Mr. Raj most recently served as senior vice president of capital markets at TIER REIT, where he oversaw all capital markets and finance activities for the organization. Prior to that, he acted as VP of investor relations and treasurer at CyrusOne, providing instrumental guidance during the company’s 2013 IPO. He also managed a series of capital markets and merger and acquisition transactions, raising approximately $3.5 billion during his time at CyrusOne.

“Aligned Energy is redefining infrastructure for the digital age from a design, operation and management standpoint,” said Mr. Raj. “With technological exploration at the core of Aligned Energy’s mission, I look forward to contributing to the company’s practice and culture of innovation.”

Aligned Energy is an infrastructure technology company that offers cloud, enterprise, and service providers colocation and build-to-scale data center solutions. By reducing the energy, water and space needed to operate, its technology innovations offer businesses a competitive advantage by improving reliability and their bottom-line, while helping secure the health of the planet.

With more than 25 years’ experience in global talent consulting, Mr. O’Neill has conducted over 500 senior executive and C-level searches in the consumer, industrial, and private equity sectors. Mr. Votta brings a track record discovering and engaging senior leadership teams that deliver, in his words, “measurable success.” He specializes in finding automotive, supply chain, and technology leadership.

Acertitude is a sister company of O’Neill Consulting Group and Technology Executive Group (TEG), specializing in recruiting senior executives for a number of sectors, including consumer, industrial, private equity, professional services, technology, telecommunications & media, healthcare & life sciences, and non-profit & foundations. Its consultants work from offices in Boston, Dallas, London, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Providence, Raleigh, Shanghai, Tampa, and Washington, D.C.

Recruiting for Energy Companies

Over the past several months, Hunt Scanlon Media has reported on a host of energy companies turning to search firms to fulfill their senior leadership needs. Here’s a sampling from the archives:

Contributed by Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor, Hunt Scanlon Media

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