DETROIT – NextEnergy Wednesday announced Jim Saber will be appointed president and CEO of the Detroit-based technology accelerator, effective March 2. Saber, who has led NextEnergy’s business development and technology commercialization efforts since 2004, will replace Jean Redfield who will re-join Fordsell Machine Products, the precision machining manufacturing firm she co-owns with her husband.
Redfield, however, will continue to work in the entrepreneurial ecosystem serving as faculty for the national labs’ innovation training courses. As part of the transition, Angella Durkin will be promoted from vice president of finance and administration to the newly-formed role of COO.
“In 2012 we developed a five-year plan and we’re proud to have accomplished the goals we set for the organization,” said Saber. “We look forward to continuing our impact as an innovation center by leveraging our relationships and building upon our strengths to attract and support tech based businesses, and deploy energy and mobility solutions in Detroit and beyond.”
Maria Thompson, Board Chair for Next Energy, said Redfield help take NextEnergy to the next level.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I’d like to thank Jean for her accomplishments at NextEnergy, Thompson said. “She has led NextEnergy’s evolution from a state economic development resource to a nationally-recognized incubator and accelerator for energy and mobility technologies.
“NextEnergy is looking to continue its momentum under Jim’s leadership,” Thompson said. “Jim has extensive experience, passion and relationships in the energy and automotive industries. Combined with Angella’s strategic operational insights and attention to detail, they are strong choices to lead NextEnergy into the future.”