Ignace de Prest joins Sunna Design as CEO

After a phase of R&D and industrialization of its offer, then a fund raising at the end of 2017 to accelerate its growth, Sunna Design announces the arrival of Ignace de Prest as Chief Executive Officer.

After successful marketing and deployment on all continents, Ignace de Prest’s mission will be to manage and structure a new phase in the company’s development. Thomas Samuel, Founder of Sunna Design, remains Chairman of the Board, becomes Chief Evangelist Officer and will be in charge of the company’s energy access activities.

Ignace de Prest previously managed the solar and energy storage business of Schneider Electric for Europe and North and West Africa. In recent years, he structured Schneider Electric’s growth in renewable and solar energy in management positions, successfully deploying distribution networks, large project teams, and service activities. Ignace had previously started Schneider Electric’s financing solutions business, and he had also spent 10 years in venture capital at Techfund, then at Aster Capital where he was Managing Partner.

« Today, our sustainable products illuminate the social and economic activities of one million people around the world. We are pleased to welcome Ignace and to add his commercial, managerial, and financial skills to drive Sunna Design’s growth and pursue our ambitions to impact even more beneficiaries » says Thomas Samuel, Founder and President of the company.

Ignace de Prest adds: « Sunna Design, with its core competencies in the convergence of solar, energy storage, and digital, has the potential to become the world leader in energy management for stand-alone connected applications, serving the development of tomorrow’s smart cities and rural environments. The teams’ skills, the technological differentiators, the shareholders’ solidity and the industrial tool performance of Blanquefort factory are all assets that will contribute to the change of scale and the acceleration of our international development.


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