Jan van Dokkum Joins Kleiner Perkins

Jan van Dokkum has joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Buyers as an operating partner, with a focus on helping to commercialize the technologies of KP’s greentech portfolio companies. He most recently was a consultant and, before that, served as president of UTC Power.

Here is his bio from the KP website:

Jan van Dokkum is an Operating Partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers with the specific task of assisting the Greentech ventures toward commercialization. He brings many years of experience in building organizations to achieve rapid growth in the areas of sales, marketing, manufacturing, quality and supply chain development.

Prior to joining KPCB, Jan assisted a number of KPCB companies as an independent consultant. Before that, Jan served as president of UTC Power, a division of United Technologies, Inc., for 7 years and was instrumental in advancing UTC Power’s on-site power generation product and service offerings. These include stationary fuel cells, renewable power solutions, and combined cooling, heating and power applications for the commercial building markets. He led the effort to improve energy productivity and energy security in commercial buildings by offering in depth analysis of a building’s electrical and thermal systems. In addition, he focused the company’s fuel cell activities toward transportation, working closely with the world’s leading automotive manufacturers and seeking out other early uses for fuel cells, such as transit buses.

Before joining UTC Power, Jan was with Siemens for 17 years where he served the last 6 years as president and chief executive officer of Siemens Power Transmission & Distribution, Inc. In those years he augmented the company’s traditional power equipment such as switchgear, power breakers, transformers and regulators with intelligent systems and controls. His vision was to create a smart electrical power delivery system to provide greater reliability and functionality, while at the same time adapt to deregulation and improve competitiveness. Under his leadership, the product lines expanded to include metering and billing systems, power system information technology, distribution automation and high voltage controls.

Jan is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee, and contributed to the Department of Energy’s Grid 2030 National Vision for Electricity’s Second 100 Years. He also co-chaired the Energy Efficiency in Buildings project for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. He has served on the board of directors of WestStart-CALSTART and was chairman of the California Fuel Cell Partnership for 2 years.

Jan immigrated to the United States from the Netherlands in 1978. He holds a bachelor and masters degree in electrical engineering.