Open Energi welcomes new CEO

Open Energi is pleased to announce the appointment of Andy Rees as Chief Executive Officer from April 6th.

Andy brings nearly 20 years of experience working in the energy sector across a variety of senior roles within technology development and deployment.  He joins Open Energi from LYTT, a real-time sensor software and analytics solution provider and another progressive bp Launchpad company. At LYTT, Andy held the positions of Chief Operating Officer and board observer and was responsible for commercial operations and delivery.  With a keen focus on the customer, he has an established track record of leading agile, evolving businesses to commercial success.

Andy joins Open Energi during an exciting period as it seeks opportunities to scale up, exploring how it can work with bp’s trading & shipping business and low carbon portfolio as they look to meet their net zero ambitions. 

Prior to LYTT, Andy held several senior positions across bp, where he played a pivotal role in modernising and transforming their approach to upstream technologies and led research and evaluation programmes for enhancing recovery.

Andy holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge and a Masters in Chemical Engineering (MEng) from University College London.  He is a Chartered Chemical Engineer.

David Byard, VP of Commercialisation and Intellectual Asset Management at bp, said:

“The whole Open Energi board is delighted that Andy is joining to lead the company at this exciting time in its journey! Andy brings exceptional experience from within both a high-growth digital start-up and a corporate innovation environment. I’m personally looking forward to working with Andy and the Open Energi team as they continue to build and accelerate the business, delivering advantaged performance for our customers.”

Andy Rees, CEO of Open Energi, said:

“I am delighted to be joining Open Energi at this key moment in the energy transition when the need to enable the efficient and effective use of renewable resources is more pressing than ever. With the backing of bp Launchpad, I am looking forward to helping the Open Energi team scale the business.”