John Baumstark is the founding Chairman and CEO of Suniva, Inc., the leading American manufacturer of highly-efficient, affordable solar cells and modules. John has more than 20 years’ experience in early and late-stage private and public companies. Prior to founding Suniva, John was an operating partner at H.I.G. Ventures, providing overall strategy for the fund as well as development of portfolio companies.
From 2001-2005, John was president and CEO of DWL, the leader in customer data integration software. Under John’s leadership, DWL was profitable and cash-flow positive for 20 consecutive quarters, and was named one of the fastest-growing technology companies in North America three years in a row by Deloitte and Touche. DWL and was acquired by IBM in 2005.
Earlier in his career, John served as the Chief Operating Officer of TRADEX Technologies, during which time TRADEX became the market leader in digital marketplace platforms. In March of 2000, TRADEX was acquired by Ariba for $5.6 billion, making it one of the largest software acquisitions in history. Previously, John directed worldwide field operations for Infinium Software, where he led a successful initial public offering, and acquired two companies.
John graduated from Colorado College with a BA in Business/Economics, and is a graduate of the AeA Stanford Executive Institute. He is a former director of Procuri, Inc., which was sold to Ariba in 2007; and former director of Marketmax, which was sold to SAS in 2003. John currently serves on the Board of Directors for Gwinnett Technical College and on the Board of Directors of the Technology Association of Georgia.
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