Energy Focus Inc. has announced the appointments of Jeff Parker, 58, and Brian Lagarto, 56, to its board of directors.
Mr. Parker has a proven track record of driving growth through innovation in the LED lighting industry with product and distribution channel differentiation. He will serve as a non-executive, independent director and will sit on the compensation committee. Mr. Lagarto is a seasoned financial executive with extensive global experience leading global finance, operations, supply chain, and human resources organizations. He also will serve as a non-executive, independent director and will sit on the audit and finance committee. Mr. Parker and Mr. Lagarto bring the total number of board directors to six following the departure of James Tu, who resigned from the board effective February 11, 2022.
Mr. Parker, 58, has spent nearly 30 years managing companies in the display, LED, medical and lighting markets. Since 2019, Mr. Parker has served as the chief executive officer of Luminii LLC, a manufacturer of architectural LED lighting systems. From 2014 to 2018, Mr. Parker was the chief executive officer at Soraa Inc., an LED lighting company pioneering LEDs built from pure gallium nitride substrates, and served as chairman of Soraa from 2018 to 2019. From 2010 to 2014, Mr. Parker was president of the lighting and display business at Rambus following the acquisition of Global Lighting Technologies, where he was chief executive officer from 2000 to 2010. Mr. Parker has earned over 250 granted patents covering inventions in LEDs, displays, fiber optics, medical illuminators, general lighting, micro-optics and other optoelectronics applications. Mr. Parker has served as a board member at Kateeva Inc., SLD Laser and Avogy Inc. He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Akron.
“Energy Focus has a reputation for innovation, and a portfolio of products that advance lighting technology for a wide range of applications, and I am excited to help the company grow and commercialize its existing novel and unique proprietary technologies,” comments Mr. Parker.
Before retiring in 2021, Mr. Lagarto spent 12 years in executive roles at SharkNinja, a global consumer product goods retail and direct to consumer / e-commerce business, principally as chief financial officer from 2009 until 2017. He was one of the original equity partners in SharkNinja as part of the team that drove significant sales and earnings growth converting a small, infomercial driven business to a retail and commercial focused business targeting consumers via major big box and online retailers in the U.S., in addition to global expansion into the UK, Europe and Asia. He also led the successful sale process of SharkNinja during 2017, resulting in a sale price of $1.6 billion. In November 2017, Mr. Lagarto became executive vice president global operations of SharkNinja, broadening his leadership experience beyond finance to focus on scaling SharkNinja’s global operations to support the continued dynamic growth of the business. In June 2019, he shifted to the chief people & strategy officer of SharkNinja, primarily focusing on corporate strategy, culture, and recruitment of high-level talent.
“Energy efficient, human-centric lighting solutions will play an important role in a variety of end-markets over the next several years, and the consumer-focused products Energy Focus has in its portfolio resonate with my experience of bringing break-out consumer products to markets around the world. I am excited to join the Board of Energy Focus to help guide the company to achieve its ambitious goals,” comments Mr. Lagarto.
“I am excited that we have attracted two individuals who bring such fantastic industry experience to our Board,” remarks Stephen Socolof, interim chief executive officer and lead independent director. “Jeff Parker has spent 30 years leading companies in the solid-state lighting industry and will contribute tremendously to our strategy for lighting. Brian Lagarto built a very successful company in the consumer appliance and electronics space running finance, operations, and supply chain and will be a great contributor as EFOI develops its consumer business. Additionally, his strong financial background and experience will continue to strengthen our audit committee.”