Mr. Caffyn has a strong personal interest in developing environmentally friendly renewable energy, which has resulted in a dedication to uncovering new technologies, business models and financing that rapidly expand the deployment of renewable energy. To that end, Mr. Caffyn is the Chairman of UPC Solar, Solar Integrated Technologies, Wind City Oil and Gas and was the founder and inaugural Chairman of UPC Wind (now firstwindSM). In addition, Mr. Caffyn is also Managing Partner of UPC Capital Partners and UPC Energy Partners. He spent the first part of his career in project financing for wind, cogeneration, hydro, solar, geothermal, waste-to-energy and biomass energy projects with GE Capital, Heller Financial, Inc., and several private companies. Mr. Caffyn personally oversaw the establishment and construction of the largest wind energy company in Italy — Italian Vento Power Corporation. Mr. Caffyn received a BA in Finance and Quantitative Methods from Babson College in 1981.
John Wallington - EVP, CFO and UPC Group Corporate Controller
John is a qualified accountant (F.C.M.A.) with over 15 years experience in senior management positions in large global manufacturing and service based industries. John trained as an accountant with Unilever PLC working in a number of commercial, accounting and financial management roles in different business entities across the UK and Europe. In 2000, John joined Clifford Chance LLP as the Global Head of Financial Planning and Business Analysis. As part of his remit, he provided analytical support to various client teams in a variety of industry sectors including Banking & Finance, Energy and Technology, together with input into major restructurings and financing of the global firm. In 2005 John was appointed the CFO of a technology startup which secured seed capital funding from UPC. In November 2006, John was appointed Group Corporate Controller of the UPC group of companies, managing the finances and accounting for an international business portfolio of renewable energy related companies, property, mining, oil & gas and energy and technology investments. Within this portfolio, positions of responsibility include CFO of UPC Solar, LLC, CFO of Wind City Oil & Gas, LLC and Treasurer of UPC Wind Partners II, LLC. John received his BA (Hons) degree in Geography from Exeter University (U.K.).
Since 2007 Blanca has been responsible for managing the accounting department and financial reporting for the various portfolio solar power projects that UPC develops, owns and manages. She also provides support with financial analysis and special projects to the CFO. Blanca is currently also engaged in the financial management of other UPC portfolio companies including Wind City Oil & Gas and UPC Renewables. Blanca has over 15 years experience in accounting and financial analysis. Prior to joining the UPC group, she worked at World Fuel Services Corporation in the Business Controls Group as an internal auditor (SOX compliance). Her responsibilities included the main offices in Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Prior to that Blanca worked at Ericsson Corporation, starting in Mexico City where she held different positions including that as Senior Financial Analyst for the Latin America Region at Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Int., AB. Blanca holds a Bachelors degree in Accounting (CPA in Mexico) and a Diploma for Continued Education in Finance from Technological University of Mexico.