CHRIS VARRONE is a Cambridge-trained economist and former McKinsey consultant who specializes in wind energy technology. His firm, Riverview Consulting, Inc., advises technology companies, investors, and developers on a variety of topics including strategic planning, customer requirements, product/market strategy, cost-of-energy modeling, and financing.
Recent clients have included FloDesign Wind Turbine Corp. (Waltham, MA), Boulder Wind Power (Boulder, CO), and Modular Wind Energy (Huntington Beach, CA).
A recognized thought-leader, Mr. Varrone has spoken at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi and at the European Future Energy Forum in Bilbao. His articles on the grid integration and cost of wind energy appear in International Sustainable Energy Review and Renewable Energy Focus.
As Chief Strategist, Technology R&D at Vestas Wind Systems, the world’s #1 manufacturer of wind turbines, Mr. Varrone was responsible for global product/market strategy. He was Vestas’ representative in the Roadmap 2050 project, whose report was submitted to the European Commission in April 2010.
Previously, Mr. Varrone established and led Value Engineering at SAP Nordics and brings the lens of customer economics to all his work.
In the 1990s, Mr. Varrone served as Managing Director of the hospital CEO program at the Advisory Board Company in Washington, DC, and he was Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Co. in New York, Scandinavia, and India.
A Fulbright Scholar in Norway in 1985-86, he graduated summa cum laude from Williams College in 1985, and holds the M.A. in Economics from Cambridge University, where his dissertation on “Meta-preferences” was awarded the Gladstone Prize in 1988.
Mr. Varrone lives in Irvington, NY with his wife and three children. His first novel, Shadows in Summer, was published in 2009. www.shadowsinsummer.com
“Having worked with Chris in a small project team, I have experienced his impressive capability of processing information and providing thorough analysis. Based on a strong drive, strategic mindset and a hunger for knowledge he will quickly navigate new and complex environments. He is also a great teammate, who adds energy, enthusiasm and encourages discussion and knowledge sharing. It was a pleasure working together.”
– Camilla Andersson, Manager, Power Plant Products
Vestas Technology R&D