Seaforth Energy Inc., a leading wind turbine manufacturer, has named Michael Morris as president and CEO.
Mr. Morris’ key priority will be to focus on developing the company’s business manufacturing, installing and maintaining the AOC 15/50 wind turbine. Recent feed-in-tariff announcements in Nova Scotia and elsewhere present an exciting opportunity for Seaforth. At the same time, the company is making significant R&D investments to enhance this product and expand the company’s wind turbine product line. The company no longer offers services related to other forms of renewable energy such as solar.
“Seaforth Energy is at a key point in its growth as governments at home and abroad implement feed-in-tariffs specifically designed for small wind projects,” said David Lombardi, chair of Seaforth Energy. “Mike is the right person to lead our company and navigate the evolving wind energy market. With his experience in managing companies at various stages, he’s also the perfect person to implement our refocused strategy and drive the company to the next level of success.”
“I’m pleased to join Seaforth Energy to pursue the growing opportunities in the global wind energy market,” said Mr. Morris. “Seaforth has a proven set of products and services that are supported by an extremely capable team. I look forward to capturing opportunities in our region and beyond, and capitalizing on the increasing adoption of feed-in tariffs for wind systems like ours in such countries as the United Kingdom, Italy, Greece and Israel.”
Before his most recent role as vice president of consulting services at CGI, Mr. Morris worked for six years with Cobham, plc, a publicly-traded aerospace and defence conglomerate based in the U.K. He initially joined Cobham’s Nova Scotia business unit, Orion Electronics Ltd. As president of Orion, Mr. Morris led the doubling of revenue and improved profitability over three years. Subsequently, he led the merger of Orion with Seimac Inc., another Nova Scotia-based unit of Cobham, the creation of Cobham Surveillance with four other business units, and two later acquisitions.
Mr. Morris began his career as an electrical engineer with Whitman Benn Group Inc. in Halifax. He later joined MT&T and the Aliant group of companies, where he held senior positions in engineering and IT, including serving as vice president of telecom services for xwave. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia, and an MBA from Dalhousie University.
Outgoing president Jonathan Barry will continue to provide advice to Seaforth Energy as a member of its board of directors.
About Seaforth Energy
Based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Seaforth Energy manufactures, installs and maintains the AOC 15/50, the most proven and longest-running 50kW wind turbine in the world. The company was founded in 2008 to build on 13 years of local experience with this product. With more than 150 units installed in 13 countries, the AOC 15/50 is sized for institutional, commercial, industrial, agricultural and remote applications. Seaforth employs 20 people in Dartmouth, who are involved in design, manufacture and sales of the turbines. The company recently initiated a $2.9 million R&D project to expand its product line.
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Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, December 21, 2011