Innovari, Inc. Appoints Mike Guerchon as Chief People Officer

Innovari, Inc. Appoints Mike Guerchon as Chief People Officer

Accomplished Leader of Culture Evolutions at Growth-Oriented Technology Companies

PORTLAND, OREGON (October 24, 2017) – Innovari, Inc. ( has announced that Mike Guerchon has joined the company as its new Chief People Officer. Mike will be focused on building dynamic teams of high-performing people and shaping the culture of Innovari’s rapidly growing worldwide organization. He will serve on the senior executive leadership team that focuses on the long-term growth and strategy of the company.

Mike is an accomplished human resources and workplace executive with over 25 years of experience in both ground level start-ups and global public companies. He has led organization transformations in recruiting, leadership development, training, employee relations, compensation, performance management and engagement.  At Riverbed Technology, Mike helped lead the organization through its IPO and rapid growth in revenue from $2 million to $1.2 billion while growing their employee team from 60 to 2,800. While at Riverbed, the company was recognized in 2014 as #4 in the world in Glassdoor’s rating of “Culture and Values” and in the top 20 worldwide for 2013 and 2014 for “Best Place to Work.”

“Our organization is growing very rapidly and Mike brings exactly the skill set we need to successfully grow our company and maintain our dynamic culture that supports our utility partners,” said Chris Hickman, CEO & Founder of Innovari. “The electric industry is having its traditional business model challenged as connected customers and distributed energy resources influence utility business practices. Mike has led growing, multi-national technology organizations in other industries that have experienced similar transformations.  His insights will enable Innovari to move quickly and provide exceptional service to the utility industry, their customers and their regulators.”

Mike also previously served as Chief People Officer at Puppet and Okta and was the Vice President of Human Resources for several companies including Lucy Activewear, Hollywood Entertainment, Guess? Inc., and Ikon Office Solutions.

Mike studied Finance at the University of Arizona and Arts Management at Northern Arizona University.

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Innovari has created the platform for utilities to build the grid of the future in partnership with their customers and communities. The Interactive Energy Platform™ (IEP™) uses artificial intelligence, big-data analytics, proprietary optimization routines and deep knowledge of the utility business to optimize the entire energy value chain, especially management of distributed energy resources. The IEP adds much-needed intelligence to both the generation and consumption side of the grid and behaves like a virtual power plant, securely sitting alongside other regulated utility company assets and business models. The Interactive Energy Platform is currently installed on multiple continents. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Innovari has offices across the U.S. as well as in India, Latin America and Turkey. Learn more at

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  • Utility projects on 4 continents
  • 15 utility partners
  • 4 utility projects in the U.S., 3 more expected by End of 2017
  • Contract announcement with a top 5 US utility – Fall 2017
  • Previously Announced Projects:
    • US:  KCP&L
    • LatAm:  ENSA (Panama), EmCali (Columbia)
    • Asia:  Reliance (India), CESC (India), Bescom (India)
    • EMEA:  KCETAS (Turkey)
  • >200 MW of contracts
  • 4 of top 8 U.S. retailers in Innovari/utility capacity programs
  • 115 global employees, 200+ including contractors
  • Headquarters – Portland, Oregon
  • Manufacturing in Austin, TX and Taipei, Taiwan