Veteran technologist Mukund Kaushik has joined Inspire as the new CTO

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A month into his new role as CTO at a clean energy company Inspire, Mukund Kaushik is deeply in planning mode.

“Former CTO of Inspire [Mike Durst] did an amazing job building the technical department from the ground up,” Kaushik said. “I want to continue to build on what he has done.”

With his exact plans still in the forming stage, Kaushik said his overarching goals are three-fold: to evolve the organization by implementing new technologies and practices, to identify opportunities to effectively enter new markets, and to integrate modern technology. like Web3 and blockchain in department technology. stack.

“Right now, we’re shaping the roadmap for the future of Inspire,” Kaushik said. “There are a lot of exciting technologies we can try, but they have to be right. We don’t want to break what works as we plan this new direction.

The Indian-born, Santa Monica-based technologist has spent nearly three decades in the tech industry across a variety of roles, including construction Honda first-generation e-commerce website and establishing its global enterprise architecture practice and later leading the digital transformation of Kimberly Clarke’s global marketing, sales and supply chain process. Kaushik has twice been recognized as a distinguished talent in the industry, first as a recipient of the Top 100 “CIO Innovation Organization Award” for outstanding IT contributions by IOC Magazine during his tenure at Honda in 2010, and in 2017 when he was named one of Consumer Goods Technology top “Visionaries” for superior IT innovation and sales transformation while serving as Global Vice President and Director of Supply Chain Information Systems, Sales and Marketing at Kimberly-Clarke.

“We are lucky to have a talent like Mukund on our team,” said Inspire CEO and Interim President, along with Chief Human Resources Officer and Chief Legal Officer, Stephanie Donner. “He is thoughtful, innovative and cares deeply about growing and seeding talent. Our climate future is in good hands with Mukund.

Kaushik with members of the Inspire team. (Courtesy picture)

Founded in 2014, Inspire – a certified B Corp company headquartered in Santa Monica and Philadelphia – provides people with access to 100% renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and low-cost hydroelectricity. impact. Its Clean Energy Plans offer members an easy way to make a meaningful impact in the fight against climate change. Since 2021, the company has been a subsidiary of Shell Renewable Energy and Energy Solutions.

“I seek to make a meaningful impact as a technologist,” Kaushik said. “I joined Inspire because it helps save the planet. We are in the midst of a global climate crisis. We need to ask ourselves how we can accelerate the adoption of clean energy. Inspire does just that.

It’s also ripe for growth — a key driver behind Kaushik’s move into the CTO role. Excited by the opportunity to help scale the business, Kaushik is also sensitive to the challenges that can arise when growing a small organization.

“The technical department is already a success,” Kaushik said. “I just want to understand what the future looks like. I don’t want to lose my local knowledge — I want to motivate my team as we research new technologies to increase agility and speed.

As for what his new team can expect: “They will have a leader who will always listen to their ideas. I am a technologist. That’s what I like; that’s what I do.

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