Olivier Jacques has joined APsystems as Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa. He is based in the APsystems branch in Lyon, France. The company also maintains a European office in Netherlands.
Jacques brings more than 20 years of experience in construction, industrial and high-tech industries. Prior to joining APsystems, he served as Managing Director EMEA for Enphase Energy. There, he developed the microinverter market in Europe from scratch, achieving leading share positions in key European solar regions.
“European, Middle Eastern and African solar market opportunities open up to APsystems with the addition of Olivier Jacques,” said Dr. Zhi-Min Ling, APsystems co-founder, CEO and president, global operations. “His solar industry leadership in these key territories is unmatched, and enhances our position as a global leader in renewable energy technologies.”
APsystems ranked no. 2 in global market share among microinverter suppliers by shipments in 2014 (source: GTM Research, Smart and AC PV Modules 2015 – 2020).
“I am very excited to join APsystems in such a key development phase globally,” Jacques said. “The company is now increasing its presence in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and I am absolutely convinced that AP systems’ portfolio strategy will bring outstanding value to solar professionals in these regions, especially given the current energy management market trends dynamic.”
Jacques previously served as Managing Director for several international companies including Norgren (IMI group), a leading industrial automation and fluid control company, where he spurred growth despite an economic recession.
As Managing Director and HVAC-R Southern Europe Director at Danfoss Drives, he increased revenues, created sales channels, launched a new product platform and repositioned the company as a value-added solutions provider.
He has also held senior executive positions of Sales & Marketing and Managing Director at major companies ranging from WATTS Industries (fluid control and HVAC), Schlumberger (water, gas and thermal energy) and Samsung Electronics (launching of the HVAC business).
Since its founding in Silicon Valley in 2009, APsystems has become an industry leader through innovative solar products including dual-module microinverters and the first true 3-phase, four-module unit.