Leadership

Mike Garland

Mike Garland, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Garland serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Pattern Energy and Pattern Development, a position he has held since he co-founded Pattern Energy Group (Pattern) in 2009. Mr. Garland oversees all aspects of Pattern Energy and Pattern Development, but his efforts are largely focused on corporate and industry strategy, capital formation, market and project selection, corporate performance and corporate culture. He is based out of the San Francisco office.

For over 30 years, Mr. Garland’s career has focused on developing, constructing, managing, and investing in energy and infrastructure projects in the United States and around the world. He closed his first wind project financing in 1989, and has since successfully managed or oversaw the development, investment and operations of nearly 10,000 megawatts of renewable energy projects worldwide and nearly $50 billion of infrastructure assets.

Prior to joining Pattern, Mr. Garland was a partner at Babcock & Brown from 1986 to 2009. As leader of Babcock & Brown’s North American Infrastructure Group, he initiated and was responsible for project finance activities, energy project development and investment, and energy and infrastructure funds management for institutional investors. Previously, Mr. Garland worked for the State of California as Chief of Energy Assessments from 1975 to 1986.

Mr. Garland and his wife Gigi co-founded The Bay School, a high school in San Francisco that focuses on technology and ethics. They also support the University of California, Berkeley’s Physics Department and the University of Washington’s Medical School. Mr. Garland sits as an active Trustee of the University of California, Berkeley Foundation.

Hunter Armistead

Hunter Armistead, President, Pattern Development | Executive Vice President of Business Development, Pattern Energy

Mr. Armistead serves as President of Pattern Development, and the Executive Vice President of Business Development of Pattern Energy, a position he has held since June 2009. As President of Pattern Development, Mr. Armistead will have continuing responsibility for all development and origination activities at Pattern Development, as well as the broader responsibility for running the Pattern Development day to day business.

As the Executive Vice President of Business Development, Mr. Armistead leads all global business development, including construction, engineering, and major equipment procurement. Mr. Armistead values the opportunities his position affords him to create new renewable energy projects that become part of the long-term energy infrastructure.

Prior to his time with Pattern Energy and Pattern Development, Mr. Armistead spent 10 years overseeing Babcock & Brown’s North American renewable energy business, including development, construction, and operations. In previous roles, he led financing efforts for Edison Mission Energy and developed multiple cogeneration facilities for Conoco. Mr. Armistead has a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Rice University. He is based out of the Houston office.

Mike Lyon

Mike Lyon, President, Pattern Energy

Mr. Lyon serves as the President for Pattern Energy. In this role, Mr. Lyon is responsible for the overall operations of Pattern Energy and the execution of its business plan.

Previously Mr. Lyon served as the Chief Financial Officer of Pattern Energy. Prior to joining Pattern Energy, Mr. Lyon served as Head of Structured Finance of Pattern Development. Previously, he was a principal of Babcock & Brown, an Assistant Vice President of Geothermal Resources International Inc. Mr. Lyon earned his Bachelor of Science in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley, and previously was a Certified Public Accountant. He is based out of the San Francisco office.

Daniel Elkort

Daniel Elkort, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

As Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Pattern Energy and General Counsel of Pattern Development Mr. Elkort manages all aspects of the company’s in-house legal team and co-manages the project finance team. On the legal side, his efforts focus on corporate legal compliance, transaction structuring and implementation, due diligence, document review and liaising with outside counsel. As co-manager of the project finance team, he oversees debt and tax equity sourcing, transaction structuring, and overall project management.

Mr. Elkort has over 25 years of experience in the renewable energy industry and is one of the founders of Pattern Energy. Prior to joining Pattern Energy, he held a similar role at Babcock & Brown for 12 years. Mr. Elkort received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and then went on to receive his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School.

Esben Pesersen

Esben Pesersen, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Pedersen is the Chief Financial Officer for Pattern Energy and Pattern Development. Mr. Pedersen is responsible for executing capital strategy, corporate development, financial reporting, administration, and treasury activities. With 20 years of experience, Mr. Pedersen has been involved in various levels of investment oversight and management across the energy sector.

Prior to joining Pattern Energy, Mr. Pedersen worked for Babcock & Brown, where he focused on the origination and execution of investments in the energy sector.  Before that, he worked for Enron and Ashmore Energy International, serving in numerous international corporate development and origination roles. Mr. Pedersen received his bachelor’s degree in Business from Stetson University and holds a master’s degree in International Economics from John Hopkins University. He is also a certified Chartered Financial Analyst.

Chris Shugart

Chris Shugart, Senior Vice President, Corporate Operations

Mr. Shugart is Senior Vice President of Corporate Operations for Pattern Energy and Pattern Development. He leads several corporate departments, including IT, HR, Procurement and Administration, with an overall mandate to improve Pattern Energy’s efficiency and corporate culture through the deployment of technology and the adoption of new ways of approaching challenges.

Previously, Mr. Shugart was Director of Asset Operations and Maintenance for Pattern Development. Based out of the Houston office, Mr. Shugart is responsible for the safe and reliable operations of Pattern Energy’s ever-growing fleet of renewable energy facilities. Mr. Shugart has been with Pattern Energy since its inception and oversees the full range of operational disciplines, including operations, engineering, asset management, regulatory compliance, supply chain, environmental, and health and safety. He most enjoys working with Pattern Energy’s operations team, which includes technicians, operators, engineers, and asset managers around the world, all of whom have the goal of operational excellence at their facilities. Mr. Shugart is an alumnus of Virginia Tech, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering, and the University of Phoenix, where he earned his Master of Business Administration.

Kevin Devlin

Kevin Devlin, Senior Vice President, Project Operations

Mr. Devlin is Senior Vice President of Project Operations for Pattern Energy. He is responsible for the safe and reliable operations of Pattern Energy’s ever-growing fleet of renewable energy facilities and oversees the full range of operational disciplines, including operations, engineering, asset management, regulatory compliance, supply chain, environmental, and health and safety teams.. In addition he leads the technical services group (meteorological, engineering, and construction) allowing improved synergies between our construction and operations teams.

Prior to joining Pattern Energy in 2015, Mr. Devlin spent 30 years in the energy field in a variety of operational and commercial roles. Most recently, this included 10 years at Avangrid Renewables US where he served as Vice President and was responsible for the company’s Operations team in the U.S. and Canada. Mr. Devlin has a Bachelor of Engineering from Queens University and has also completed executive development programs at the Kellogg, IMD and Wharton schools of business.

Jean Wilson

Jean Wilson, Senior Vice President, Business Development

Jean Wilson leads Pattern Development’s U.S. solar business, as well as some of its major transmission-enabled wind projects. She also serves on the Senior Advisory Board of Orion Energy Partners, a NYC based credit-oriented private equity firm focused on energy infrastructure, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Oregon Environmental Council. Jean has more than twenty-three years of experience in the U.S. wind and solar power development industry, nineteen of which involved senior management responsibility at market leading companies.

Prior to joining Pattern Development, Jean served as Senior Vice President for SunPower Corp., heading their Utilities and Commercial division in the Americas. Previously, she was Senior Vice President of Renewable Energy for Iberdrola Renewables (now Avangrid), which at that time was the largest publicly traded renewable energy company in the world by generating assets.  In that role, Jean was responsible for Iberdrola’s entire North American renewables business (wind and solar), leading a team of 130+ professionals.  Jean holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Southern California and her Master of Business Administration from Stanford University.

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson, Japan Country Head of Business Development

Prior to joining Pattern Development, Mr. Anderson worked for more than 11 years with Eurus Energy America Corporation, acting as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and ultimately Chief Executive Officer. There he oversaw the development, ownership, and operation of more than 500 MW of wind and solar power generation assets in North and South America. Prior to Eurus, Mr. Anderson worked in investment banking in Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, where he advised on energy and infrastructure-related project finance, privatization, and M&A transactions.

Previous to his work in investment banking, Mark worked for Tomen Corporation and was based in Tokyo.

Mr. Anderson has spent more than 15 years living in Japan and speaks and reads Japanese fluently.

Frank Davis

Frank Davis, Country Head, Canada

Mr. Davis is Country Head and Senior Legal Counsel for Pattern Canada. Mr. Davis acts as the senior representative for Pattern Energy in Canada, with responsibility for the company’s activities in forums such as market development, government relations, community engagement, joint venture partnerships, and relationships with customers. Mr. Davis also acts in a senior capacity for the legal activities of Pattern Canada, including the organization and execution of the company’s financial and commercial legal transactions.

Prior to joining Pattern Canada in 2011, Mr. Davis carried on a commercial legal practice with one of Canada’s largest law firms. Originally from Newfoundland & Labrador, he currently resides in Toronto and manages the Toronto office of Pattern Canada.

George Hardie

George Hardie, Vice President, Business Development North America

George is the Vice President of Business Development for North American at Pattern Development. With more than 20 years of experience in the wind industry, he has been responsible for the development or acquisition of more than a dozen projects in the United States, United Kingdom and Central America, totaling more than 2,000 MW. At Pattern Development, he has been the lead developer or originator of many of the company’s largest projects including Hatchet Ridge and Spring Valley. He has also led the acquisition of several projects including two in Canada’s Ontario Province (Armow and K2) totaling 450 MW, as well as the 300 MW Finavera Portfolio of wind projects in British Columbia and, most recently, the acquisition of the 200 MW Logan’s Gap Project in Texas and the 150 MW Fowler Ridge IV project in Indiana.

George founded his first wind company, International Wind Companies, in 1991. He and his investors sold the company to the Zilkha family in 1998, which was subsequently renamed Zilkha Renewable Energy. George stayed on as President and CEO for almost 4 years, establishing the team that made Zilkha one of the fastest growing renewable energy companies in the world and paving the way for Goldman Sachs to acquire the company two years later. In 2003, George left Zilkha to start a new company, G3 Energy, which was subsequently acquired by Babcock & Brown in late 2005. G3 Energy projects that were successfully financed, constructed and operated include the 38 MW Buena Vista Repowering Project in California’s Altamont Pass and the 150 MW Spring Valley in Nevada, which was awarded the 2012 Powergen Magazine US Wind Project of the Year.

George holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University.  He was a 4-year All American and after graduating he played professional tennis for six years playing in 16 Grand Slam events and achieving a career-high world ranking of number 80.  In 2017 he was inducted into the SMU Athletics Hall of Fame.  George and his wife Susan live in Dallas and have two grown daughters.

Sarah Webster

Sarah Webster, Vice President, Investor Relations, Government Relations

Ms. Webster is Vice President of Investor Relations, Government Relations and Corporate Communications for Pattern Energy. In her role, Ms. Webster oversees Pattern Energy’s global investor relations program, as well as all government relations at the state, provincial, and federal levels. She is also responsible for corporate communications, including media, branding, and corporate social responsibility. Ms. Webster has been with Pattern Energy since 2013, and she enjoys the opportunities her position affords her to build relationships with company stakeholders and serve as the diplomatic core for Pattern Energy.

Ms. Webster has worked in the energy sector for nearly 20 years, including positions with Winner and Associates, InterGen, Shell, Great Point Energy, and Wind Capital Group. She has also worked as a music critic for the Houston Press.

Cary Kottler

Cary Kottler, Vice President, North American Development, Pattern Development

Cary Kottler serves as Vice President of North American Development for Pattern Development. In this role, Cary is responsible for development of wind and electric transmission initiatives across North America as well as the evaluation and origination of new opportunities. 

Prior to joining Pattern Development, Cary served as Executive Vice President of Clean Line Energy. He held a number of roles at Clean Line across the development, commercial and legal sectors, with responsibilities encompassing project development, state and federal permitting processes, FERC matters, corporate compliance, financing arrangements, and commercial agreements.

Previously, Cary was a corporate attorney for Vinson & Elkins, focusing on mergers and acquisitions, project development and private equity investments in the energy and power sector, both domestically and internationally.

Jon Forrester

Jon Forrester, Vice President, Solar Business Development

Jon Forrester is a Senior Director, Solar Business Development. Jon joined Pattern Development in 2017 to lead the US solar business and has 15 years of experience in the renewables industry where he has held positions at Google, BrightSource Energy, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Jon led the BrightSource development team and served on the Board of Directors of Palen Solar, a 500MW California solar Joint Venture between Abengoa and BrightSource. Jon has also negotiated and closed over 2 GW of renewable transactions including Joint Development Agreements, Teaming Agreements, and PPAs. Jon has an MBA and MS from the University of Michigan and completed his undergraduate work at the University of California, San Diego.

Matt Langley

Matt Langley, Senior Director, Origination & Market Intelligence

 

Matt Langley is the Senior Director of Origination at Pattern. In this role, Matt is responsible for marketing the power from Pattern’s US Portfolio. Matt has worked in the renewables sector for over ten years in a variety of commercial and financial roles. He was recently leading the commercial efforts for a US-based utility-scale developer called Infinity Renewables. In that position, he was responsible for project finance, power marketing, financial and market analysis, government affairs, and M&A. While at Infinity, Matt originated, negotiated, and executed over 1,000 MW of PPAs with both utility customers, as well as commercial and industrial buyers. He successfully executed deals with some of the best known companies in the US, including Target, WalMart, T-Mobile, Brown-Forman, Akamai, and Bank of America. He was also responsible for working with large financial institutions to ensure that projects in Infinity’s portfolio were successfully financed. 

Prior to Infinity, Matt held a similar role at juwi, a German renewable energy developer. He also worked as a power marketer for a developer and wind turbine manufacturer called Clipper Windpower. Prior to Clipper, Matt worked in developing water resources in non-OECD countries. He has an MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and attended The Johns Hopkins University for his undergraduate work.