August 8 - 10, 2017

San Diego, California

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Speaker Bio

Florian Kolb

Managing Director

RWE New Ventures LLC, Silicon Valley

Florian has 20 years of professional experience of which 10 he spend in the energy industry, with a strong background in mergers & acquisitions (Florian has led and worked on more than 60 deals worth over 12bn USD, including venture deals), post-merger integration (7bn USD integration), operational management, restructuring (2bn+ program), business development, market entry and innovation (Silicon Valley). Florian started his career working for a serial entrepreneur who developed and IPO’ed a highly successful packaging business. During the era, Florian advised tech and start-up companies in early- and later-stage fundraising. He focused on private equity and leveraged transactions in Automotive and Electronics before joining RWE, a leading pan-European energy company with more than 50bn revenues and more than 60.000 employees. At RWE, Florian lead M&A deals worth more than 10bn USD. After the acquisition of its Dutch business, Florian managed the integration of this 7bn+ USD acquisition into the RWE group. He then became the Managing Director of RWE’s Dutch services company, transforming major corporate functions, delivering very ambitious cost-savings and multi-million USD IT programs. Florian was appointed in 2013 by the Executive Board of RWE to manage the 2bn+ USD group-wide transformation program, covering all main areas and functions of the business. In 2015, Florian has been appointed as Managing Director of RWE’s activities in Silicon Valley. He focuses to secure future, non-traditional business activities for RWE via three core streams: 1. market entry, 2. venturing, 3. innovation Florian holds a masters degree in economics from the University of Passau, Germany. He participated in executive programs from leading academic institutions such as INSEAD Fontainebleau, IMD Lausanne and various RWE TOP 150 programs.