Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Richard Irving is the Chairman and CEO of Fluence Corporation Limited as of November 2020. Previously Mr. Irving was Chairman and Executive Chairman. Prior to Fluence Corporation Limited, Mr. Irving served as Executive Chairman & Chairman of Emefcy Group Limited from 2010.
Based in Silicon Valley, Mr. Irving co-founded Pond Venture Partners in 1997 and brings over 30 years experience in technology company in senior operating roles, and as an investor and Board member. Mr. Irving has helped generate over $3 billion in shareholder value through IPOs, acquisitions, and private financings.
Past exits include LiveRail (Facebook), Gigle Networks (Broadcom), 4Home (Motorola Mobility), Transitive (IBM), Microcosm Communications (Conexant), Zoran (NASDAQ: ZRAN, acquired by CSR plc), and Brooktree (NASDAQ: BTRE, acquired by Conexant).
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Prior to joining Fluence, he served as CFO for Desalitech, a reverse osmosis technology company, where his focus included preparing the company for a sustainable growth. Before this role he served as CFO and VP of Operations for Nuvera Fuel Cells, Inc. (part of Hess Corporation Group), a developer and manufacture of multi-fuel processing systems. During his ten years at Nuvera, he held several executive positions and played a critical role in developing and implementing the company’s global strategy. Prior to Nuvera, Mr. Fragasso spent over ten years in public accounting and corporate finance with Deloitte.
Mr. Fragasso received his Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Business and Finance, from Universita' Bocconi, Italy, and an MBA from Boston University School of Management.
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER
Prior to joining Fluence, Mr. Arfalk served as Vice President of Communications and Branding at Atlas Copco Compressors, where his focuses included digital marketing, lead and demand generating marketing, product and growth strategies. Prior to Atlas Copco, Mr. Arfalk was Director of Product Management and Marketing at General Electric Healthcare, Life Sciences where he focused on market strategy, operational performance improvement, and strategic marketing. Prior to that, he held roles in marketing at Amgen and management consulting at Monitor Group, and has a broad experience across all product life cycle stages.
Mr. Arfalk received his Master of Business Administration with a major in strategic management from Lund University in Sweden.
Susan J. Plotzky
VP, CORPORATE TREASURER
Prior to joining Fluence, she served as the Treasurer for New Avon establishing a world class stand-alone Treasury Department and for Blyth, Inc., where she was responsible for Global Treasury Operations, Risk and Insurance Management, Corporate Facilities, FP&A and M&A. Prior to Blyth, she was a Managing Director of L Tersigni Consulting, PC, a financial services boutique and worked for 13 years in various senior finance roles at Avon Products, Inc. She began her career with Arthur Andersen & Co.
Mrs. Plotzky is a CPA and received her B.S. in Accounting from the State University at Binghamton and her M.B.A. in Finance and International Business from the New York University’s Stern School of Business.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Before joining Fluence, Mr. Hargrave served as Director of Civil Engineering, Water and Environment of Capita Property and Infrastructure. Prior to Capita, Mr. Hargrave served at the Degremont Group as President and Chief Executive Officer of Infilco Degremont, a company that provides water and wastewater treatment systems and products throughout the United States and Canada. Prior to this, Mr. Hargrave held other senior roles within Degremont, including Regional Director for Asia Pacific based in Paris, Managing Director for China based in Beijing, and Commercial Director for India based in New Delhi. Prior to that, he served as a Project Manager and Operations Manager from Wessex Water Group.
Mr. Hargrave is a chartered Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with 1st Class Honors from Royal Navy Engineering College, Plymouth and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Bath. He served in the Royal Navy for nearly 10 years, where he specialized as a navigator.
Spencer D. Smith, Esq.
CHIEF LEGAL OFFICER
Prior to joining RWL Water in 2016, Mr. Smith practiced corporate law at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in New York where he served as the principal outside legal counsel to RWL Water. While at Akin Gump, Mr. Smith maintained a diverse and active corporate transactional practice focused on representing public and private companies, private equity firms, hedge funds and family offices in connection with significant corporate events, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, restructurings, distressed asset sales and commercial contracts. Mr. Smith also regularly advised boards of directors, senior management, shareholders and creditors on all aspects of corporate governance matters. Prior to joining Akin Gump in 2011, Mr. Smith worked for IAP Worldwide Services, a government contractor and former Cerberus portfolio company, and practiced law at Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP in New York.
Mr. Smith graduated from Colgate University with a B.A. in Political Science and received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law. He is a member of the New York Bar.
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Prior to co-founding Emefcy, Mr. Shechter co-founded AqWise, a developer and provider of MBBR and IFAS solutions for different wastewater treatment applications. Mr. Shechter began his career working for more than 10 years in water and wastewater R&D at TAMI, an Institute for industrial R&D of the ICL group, where he was primarily involved in, and eventually in charge of, desalination technology. Mr. Shechter is a chemical engineer and received his degree, cum laude, from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.