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).

James Warren

Senior Vice President, Corporate Secretary, General Counsel

Mr. Warren joined Energy Focus in September 2020 as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Prior to joining Energy Focus, Mr. Warren was a corporate and securities lawyer in the legal departments of GrafTech International Ltd. (NYSE:EAF), a global manufacturer of graphite electrodes for electric arc furnace steel production, and FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE), one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems.

Mr. Warren began his legal career at Tucker Ellis LLP in Cleveland, where his work included mergers and acquisitions, securities, and other corporate transactions. Before law school, Mr. Warren worked as an electrical engineer, focusing on research and development of naval sensor systems and digital communications systems. Mr. Warren earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.