The XNRGI Team

Dr. Chris D’Couto, President and CEO

Dr. D’Couto brings more than 15 years of sales, marketing, and product development experience to XNRGI. In his previous roles at Intel Corp., Novellus Systems, and FormFactor Inc., he was responsible for introducing new, dynamic products that were critical to the respective company’s success. A primary author of various patents, he has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Clarkson University, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University California Berkeley.


Paul Sidlo, Co-President and Chief Strategy Officer

Mr. Sidlo is a ten time Emmy winner, he has 16 US patents and has been the founder or manager of several internationally recognized technology, energy and design firms, including Tillster and REZN8. His clients have included Intel, Citibank, Microsoft, NVIDIA, ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, NETFLIX. For Microsoft Sidlo Designed the XBOX UI, Windows XP, Surface, and Microsoft’s Home of the Future.


Dr. Slobodan Petrovic, Vice President of Engineering

Dr. Petrovic is a full professor at the Oregon Institute of Technology in Portland, OR. Prior to that, he was professor at the Arizona State University and he held appointments at Motorola Inc., Neah Power and ClearEdge Power as a Vice President of Engineering.


Dr. Lj. Ristic, COO

Thirty years of Corporate and Startup Leadership Experience; Global Management Expertise, Manufacturing, Operations, R&D, Marketing, (MOT, ONNN, SWKS, Sirific, Coniun, Crocus)


Derek A. Reiman, Director of Manufacturing

Mr. Reiman has extensive experience in all aspects of XNRGI’s proprietary technology, and has had roles of increasing responsibility in development, manufacturing, process transfer and system development. In his current role as Director of Manufacturing, Mr. Reiman is responsible for the silicon processing, production, cell and stack testing and quality control, and is working with the outsourced manufacturing supply chain to enable world class competitive products.


Michael G. Martin: Vice President, Business Development

For some 20 years Mr. Martin had served as a partner in both Diamond Capital Partners and Regal Capital, LLC. Mr. Martin has represented companies involved with alternative energy, water purification, and waste-to-energy, alternative composite materials, sports nutrition, homeland security, oncology, fire protection, and other technology fields.


Mr. Deepak Gupta, Managing Director, India

Mr. Gupta brings more than thirty years of  entrepreneurial & managerial experience to XNRGI, having owned and managed several joint ventures with multinational companies in India. He brings experience in areas of strategic management, sales and marketing, commercial and general administration. Mr. Deepak Gupta is a Commerce Graduate from Sydenham College of Commerce & Economics, University of Mumbai & has also participated in various Management programs conducted by reputed Institutions in India


Patrick Pharris, Director of Corporate Communications

Mr. Pharris has been involved in marketing communications for more than 25 years. He has amassed 26 national and regional marketing communications awards. The publicity campaigns he has created and implemented for hundreds of the world’s largest brands, breakthrough-technologies, and governments have generate more than 6-billion media impressions. His experience spans public relations, social media, digital marketing, sales promotion, media sales, sponsorships, and business development. Mr. Pharris is also a published author and former TV news producer and reporter.

Strategic Advisory Board


Robert Kruse Jr.

Mr. Kruse is a battery and energy storage subject matter expert. Mr. Kruse is currently Chief Technology Officer Battery Operations at Karma Automotive and was previously CTO for Qoros Automotive in Shanghai China.  Previously, Kruse lead the operation development for Sakti3 Inc. as Chief Operating Officer and Board Member.  Sakti3 is commercializing solid-state battery technology simultaneously targeted at electric vehicles and consumer electronics and was ultimately acquired by Dyson.  In 2010 he was appointed to the National Academy of Science Sub Committee on advanced battery technology. Prior to 2010 he had a long tenure at General Motors Corporation, Michigan and held many leadership roles including hybrid, electric vehicles & advanced technology batteries.


Drs. Wilbert van den Hoek

Drs. van den Hoek retired from Novellus Systems, Inc. in February 2008 and is currently a part-time advisor to Novellus Systems, Inc. From July 1999 through October 2005, he served as chief technical officer and executive vice president, Integration and Advanced Development. From March 2003 – Jan 2005, he was also in charge of the Human Resources organization, and acting General Counsel until Dec 2006. From the end of 2005 through February 2008, he was president and CEO of Novellus Development Company, LLC.  Drs. van den Hoek represents Novellus Systems, Inc. as a member of the board of directors of the Semiconductor Research Corp. and as a member of the Governing Council of the Microelectronics Advanced Research Corp. (MARCO). He is a member of the Technical advisory boards of various public and private companies. Drs. Van den Hoek has written over thirty technical publications and holds more than fifteen patents.


Joseph R. Bronson

Mr. Bronson is President and Chief Operating Officer of Sanmina-SCI Corporation (NASDAQ: SANM), a leading electronics contract manufacturer serving the fastest-growing segments of the global electronics manufacturing services (EMS) market. Prior to Sanmina, Mr. Bronson served as President and Director of FormFactor, Inc. (NASDAQ: FORM), a manufacturer of high performance advanced semiconductor wafer probe cards. Mr. Bronson also spent 20 years at Applied Materials (NASDAQ: AMAT) in senior level operations management positions and as the company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.


Dr. Reza Abhari

Dr. Abhari is a professor of Energy Technologies at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH) where he is committed to research and development of advanced energy conversion systems and technologies. Dr. Abhari has served as a consultant to notable companies such as Alstom Power, a global leader in power generation, Daimler (NYSE: DAI), General Electric (NYSE: GE), Honeywell (NYSE: HON), and Toshiba Corp. (TSE: 6502.T). He has also served as an advisor to several private equity and venture capital firms, providing business, strategic and technical advice in the support of Clean Tech investments.  Dr. Abhari serves as a Member of the Board of Factor3C, a global leader in carbon asset development, and trading of Carbon Emission Reduction credits; Vice-Chairman of the International Gas Turbine Institute; and, Member of NASA Glenn Research Center’s Working Group focusing on aeronautical research. Professor Abhari is a member of the prestigious Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences, a Fellow of American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the recipient of several scientific awards, as well as a keynote speaker in the US, Europe, and Asia on topics related to climate change and energy supply and conversion. Professor Abhari received his PhD from MIT (1991) in Aeronautics and Astronautics and his MA and BA from Oxford University in Engineering Sciences.


Colonel James Mutter

Colonel James Mutter joins the Company’s Strategic Advisory Board after a distinguished 36-year military career with the US Marine Corps, including five years in USMC research, development, test and evaluation positions, approximately 15 years in senior command and control positions in both field and garrison, and also several tours as Chief of Staff at various commands. Following his military career, Col. Mutter was Sr. VP for Administration at Sensys Corp in D.C., has consulted with a number of military support contractors, and was President of the National Military Family Association.


Lieutenant General Carol Mutter (Ret.)

Lieutenant General Carol Mutter (retired) joins XNRG’s Strategic Advisory Board after a celebrated 31-year career with the US Marine Corps where she retired as a Lieutenant General in 1999. General Mutter possesses 13 years of experience in military research, development and acquisition in addition to her experience in financial management, logistics, personnel administration, and equal opportunity. She was appointed by the President of the United State. to the American Battle Monuments Commission, and currently serves on the National Advisory Council of The Alliance for National Defense, on the Advisory Board of the Indiana Council on World Affairs, on the Indiana State (legislative) Commission on Military and Veterans Affairs, and participates as a Senior Fellow at the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA. More recently, Gen. Mutter has been a consultant for companies including IBM (NYSE: IBM), Raytheon Co. (NYSE: RTN), Revision Eyewear, as well as virtual training and nanotechnology organizations, directly contributing to their relationships with and success in obtaining government contracts. Gen. Mutter earned two masters degrees; one from Salve Regina University and the other from Naval War College, and has been awarded two honorary doctorate degrees.


John P. de Neufville

John P. de Neufville purchased the ChemOvonics Division from ECD in 1986 and founded Voltaix, Inc. a high purity specialty gas business which was sold to Air Liquide America in 2013.  Subsequently, he purchased the assets formerly associated with the GM-ECD JV that produced the then novel nickel-metal hydride batteries for GM’s first all-electric car, the EV-1, creating a new company, Eutectix, LLC, based in Troy, MI and currently serving as Eutectix’ CEO and Chief Scientist.  His early research interests focused on materials for batteries, optical memory devices, and solar cells, prepared by sputtering, chemical vapor deposition and plasma deposition.  At Exxon, John was a member of the team that developed a concept of selective remote sensing of uranyl minerals using laser induced fluorescence.  At Voltaix he played a key role in scaling the synthesis of various molecules used for the chemical vapor deposition of insulating, semiconducting and conducting films for advanced integrated circuit and photovoltaic applications.  John P. de Neufville holds a PhD. in applied physics and materials science from Harvard University and an M.S. in geology from Harvard University and a B.S. in geology from Yale University.


Jeffrey B. Sakaguchi

Mr. Sakaguchi has served since 2009 as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross, Greater Los Angeles Chapter where he has been responsible for the financial and organizational turnaround of chapter performance. From 2004 until 2007, Mr. Sakaguchi served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Evolution Robotics Retail, Inc. In that role, Mr. Sakaguchi co-led a spin-off of Evolution Robotics Retail, Inc. from its former parent company and developed and executed a commercialization strategy for a breakthrough visual scanning product targeted for the retail industry. From 1995 until 2003, Mr. Sakaguchi served as the Managing Partner for the North American Energy Strategy Practice at Accenture LLP in Los Angeles. From 1989 until 1995, Mr. Sakaguchi served as the Senior Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, Inc. in Los Angeles. Mr. Sakaguchi earned his bachelor’s of science in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his masters in business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.