René’s impressive career includes co-founding two startups in ICT and renewable energy, and serving in executive roles in both technical and commercial capacities at multinational corporations in offshore production and shipbuilding. His most recent position was as the CEO of Groendus, an innovative leader in the energy transition field, operating in the same sector as Tibo Energy.

Leading Groendus to success

Groendus, which began as a buy-and-build initiative in late 2019, successfully acquired and integrated eight specialist energy companies. In just three years, it emerged as a frontrunner in the Dutch energy transition market. The company developed a cutting-edge energy management and peer-to-peer energy trading platform, and built a robust asset base comprising large-scale rooftop and ground-mounted solar and battery projects, smart energy-metering services, and EV charging stations. In November 2022, Groendus was acquired by pension funds Omers and APG Infrastructure from NPM Capital.

Passion for energy transition

René’s fascination with the energy transition field stems from the intersection of high-tech innovations and the rapidly evolving commercial landscape, featuring new entrants challenging established energy majors. He commented, “The massive electrification wave requires very innovative, data-driven solutions and a new way of thinking. Tibo Energy developed a great energy management platform; their technology is smart, scalable, and adoptable in international markets. I am truly impressed with the drive and vision of the management team and what they accomplished in a short period of time and felt the same positive vibe with the investors.”

Board member role

After two decades in executive and CEO roles, René is eager to transition to an independent board member role. “I look forward to working together with the Tibo team and the investment teams of SET Ventures and Speedinvest. I believe my experience will bring a positive contribution in a very dynamic environment,” he stated.

Remco Eikhout, CEO of Tibo Energy, expressed his enthusiasm about René’s appointment: “We are thrilled to have René join our board. His extensive knowledge and experience in the energy transition sector will be invaluable as we continue to grow and innovate. With René on board, we are well-positioned to take the next step in our journey.”

About Tibo Energy

Tibo Energy holds the key to success for companies facing complex challenges in the energy transition. Tibo’s Energy Management Software (EMS) not only responds to current energy needs and supply but also anticipates changes with machine learning and forecasting.

This enables effective application of both peak shaving and load shifting. Tibo’s software stands out by managing the complex integration of multiple energy sources and consumers within a network (smart grid), resulting in optimal grid utilization, cost savings, and emission reductions. Tibo raised 3 million euros in late 2023 and collaborates with Eindhoven Airport, Hoppenbrouwers, and Fudura.


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