Executive Officers

Executive Officers

  • James Tu

    Chairman and CEO

    Mr. Tu rejoined Energy Focus in April 2019, and currently serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Tu previously served as Executive Chairman of the Board, non-Executive Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of Energy Focus from 2013 through 2017. Since 2017, Mr. Tu is the Founder and Chairman of Social Energy Partners LLC, which develops energy efficiency and sustainability projects in the U.S. and the Middle East. He is also the founder, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of 5 Elements Global Advisors, an investment advisory and management company focusing on investing in clean energy companies and a stockholder of the Company. Previously, he was the Director of Investment Management & Research for Gerstein Fisher & Associates, a wealth management company with $2 billion of assets, and Equity Analyst for Dolphin Asset Management, a hedge fund focused on publicly traded small-cap companies and private equity investments. A Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Mr. Tu received a Master’s degree in Business Administration in Finance from Baruch College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University.

    • Tod Nestor

      President and Chief Financial Officer

      Mr. Nestor, who joined Energy Focus in July 2019, is a senior operating and financial executive with over 30 years of strategic leadership in corporate finance, business strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and turnarounds with public and privately-held companies. From 2017 to 2018, Mr. Nestor served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Alumni Ventures Group, a New Hampshire-based venture capital firm with the most active global transaction volume according to PitchBook. Between 2013 and 2016, Mr. Nestor served as the Chief Financial Officer of Merchants Automotive Group, Inc., a privately held, $300 million fleet management, short-term rental, automobile retail and consumer financing company. Previously, Mr. Nestor also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Penn Traffic Company, a $1.5 billion publicly traded grocery distribution company, and Chief Financial Officer for Fairway Holdings Corp., a privately held, $750 million iconic grocery store chain based in the greater New York City region. Mr. Nestor received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.  He is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Account (CMA), Certified Financial Manager (CFM), and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

      Senior Management

      • John Davenport

        Chief Scientist
        Mr. Davenport currently serves as Chief Scientist for Energy Focus. Mr. Davenport joined Energy Focus in November 1999 as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer and served as Chief Operating Officer from July 2005 until May 2008 and President from May 2008 until July 2012. Prior to joining Energy Focus, Mr. Davenport served as President of Unison Fiber Optic Lighting Systems, LLC from 1998 to 1999. Mr. Davenport began his career at GE Lighting in 1972 as a research physicist and thereafter served 25 years in various capacities, including GE Lighting’s research and development manager and as development manager for high performance LED projects. He is a recognized global expert in light sources, lighting systems and lighting applications, with special emphasis in low wattage discharge lamps, electronic ballast technology and distributed lighting systems. Mr. Davenport developed numerous advanced lighting products for GE Lighting, including the blue Xenon headlamp currently used in automobiles. During his tenure with Energy Focus, Mr. Davenport led the development of a range of LED lighting products, including Intellitube®, Energy Focus’ unique tubular LED retrofit lamp. He is the author of more than 125 patents. Mr. Davenport received a Master’s degree in Physics and a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from John Carroll University.