Photo: OPT's PowerBuoy (Courtesy of OPT)

OPT appoints Southern Europe representative

Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) has expanded its commercial team with the appointment of Jorge Franco as regional sales representative based in Spain.

Photo of OPT's PowerBuoy (Courtesy of OPT)
OPT’s PowerBuoy (Courtesy of OPT)

Reporting to Jeff Wiener, OPT’s vice president of global sales, Franco will concentrate on opportunities in Southern Europe.

George H. Kirby, president and chief executive officer of OPT, said: “Southern Europe offers opportunities for OPT’s offshore power and communications solutions, particularly in the oil and gas industry. Jorge has significant relationships within leading companies operating in the region, and we believe his experience will be beneficial to serving OPT’s existing and prospective customers. We are excited to have him represent our solutions”.

Franco was most recently global account vice president for Halliburton servicing the ENI and REPSOL accounts.

He has more than 20 years of experience in multinational technical companies selling products and services for offshore operations in Venezuela, Italy, Argentina, Mexico, West Africa, and Southeast Asia.

Franco holds a Civil Engineering degree from Argentina’s Universidad Nacional del Sur and a Petroleum Engineering post-graduate certification from the University of Tulsa.

Headquartered in New Jersey, OPT has developed its ocean energy-powered PowerBuoy platform that provides clean and reliable electric power and real-time data communications for remote offshore and subsea applications in markets such as offshore oil and gas, defense and security, science and research, and communications.