Kareen Boutonnat is Lightsource bp’s CEO of Europe and International. She manages a growing list of active territories — 12 and counting — spanning established markets like Spain and Australia and emerging ones, like Taiwan and Poland.
Kareen has held several senior management positions at the company since joining in 2012, including Managing Director and Global COO. She has played an instrumental role in Lightsource bp’s evolution from regional solar developer to global, solar-energy major.
Kareen is also a Lightsource bp board member and sits on the firm’s investment committee. She is also on the boards of EverSource Capital and Ayana Renewable Power.
Kareen holds a double Master’s in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from ISEP (Institut Superieur d’Electronique de Paris) and moved to the United States to complete a Master’s in Engineering Management at Stanford University.
After university, Kareen started her career in Silicon Valley and spent eight years working for two successful tech venture start-ups in roles focussed on driving commercialisation and high growth. This included an IPO and trade sale respectively, for both ventures. Before joining Lightsource bp, Kareen served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Solarcentury, leading the company’s growth into international territories.