Dresden: From August 1, 2020, Dr. Frank Schlichting will become the new CEO of Kiwigrid. Dr. Schlichting will take over the Sales and Services divisions from the company’s current COO Matthias Hertel, who will leave Kiwigrid on July 31. With the new management team of Dr. Schlichting and CFO Janek Schuffenhauer, Kiwigrid will continue to push ahead with its product strategy, which is geared to the globally growing market for decentralized energies and the opening up of its platform.
The Dresden-based company receives stable support from its existing investors, particularly AQTON SE. Additionally, the previously announced financing round has also successfully concluded despite the ongoing COVID-19 situation. Kiwigrid continues to focus on sustainably scaling up and further developing its technologies, products and ecosystem:
Kiwigrid has optimally adapted its product strategy to the growing global market for decentralized energies, with a focus on the scaling and further development of software and Energy-as-a-Service products, as well as the opening up of the Kiwigrid platform. With Dr. Frank Schlichting, we are adding an experienced CEO for our already strong management team. Dr. Schlichting brings in-depth technical know-how, extensive industry expertise and internationalization experience in the field of decentralized energy. We look forward to working together to realize Kiwigrid’s vision of a 100% sustainable energy and mobility landscape in the coming years.
Hans-Peter Villis ᐧ Chairman of the Advisory Board (Energy Advisor, AQTON SE)
With extensive industry knowledge, Dr. Schlichting has held various management positions in the areas of technology and knowledge management, software and product development, sales and marketing, as well as internationalization in the energy industry. Most recently, he held a dual CEO/CTO role at Solare Datensysteme. As Kiwigrid's new CEO, Dr. Schlichting will now continue to drive the company forward as it positions itself as a leading product and platform house for the decentralized energy industry. Specifically, he will lead the development and opening up of the company’s new platform generation KiwiOS X, as well as the related products The Independent Home and The Electrifying City.
I am very excited to help shape the successful path of Kiwigrid in my new role as CEO. Together we will make a visible contribution to the success of a sustainable energy transition - especially through the symbiosis of energy, heat and mobility. With the development of our new platform generation KiwiOS X, we will set new standards in the urgently needed sector coupling. In this way, Kiwigrid will optimally prepare itself, its customers and partners for the energy future - a future that is 100% driven by sustainable energies.
Dr. Frank Schlichting ᐧ Kiwigrid CEO
Kiwigrid is the software and IoT company for renewable energy and e-mobility. The KiwiOS platform is used to operate white label products for energy suppliers, the automotive industry and manufacturers of decentralized energy systems. Kiwigrid enables its customers to open up new markets, diversify their offerings and differentiate themselves from the competition. The Dresden-based company was founded in 2011 and currently employs over 150 people. Kiwigrid is a leader in the DACH market for intelligent energy management and smart metering and works with LG, BayWa r.e., Innogy SE, E.ON, Siemens and BMW, among others. Strategic shareholders are AQTON SE, Innogy SE and LG Electronics.