Kenneth Dao joins IHI Terrasun as Director of Supply Chain
CHICAGO, January 18, 2023 – IHI Terrasun Solutions (Terrasun), a subsidiary of the IHI Corporation, announced the hiring of Kenneth Dao as the Director of Supply Chain charged with strategic procurement for battery energy storage projects. Dao comes to Terrasun with more than 20 years of supply chain and procurement management experience, including merger and acquisition integration, global inventory management, strategic sourcing, logistics, compliance, and manufacturing.
Dao joins the company at a critical time when Terrasun is set to substantially increase the size of its project portfolio.
“It’s an exciting time in the industry and for me personally. We’re standing at the starting line of incredible expansion in our projects and the execution of the supply chain role will be critical,” said Ken Dao, Director of Supply Chain for Terrasun. “I am very excited to join this industry just as the market is about to widen substantially from the incentives from the Investment Reduction Act and other forces.”
Terrasun’s strategic hiring of Dao will enable the company to address supply chain challenges that have impacted the industry throughout 2021 and 2022. In addition to Dao’s supply chain expertise, he brings a strong commitment to relationship building and problem solving that will be valuable for Terrasun and its customers.
“Supply chain is a critical function for business success in this volatile energy storage market and I am confident that Ken is up to the task,” said Jamal Burki, President of Terrasun. “He brings the right approach and expertise to our leadership team. I can’t wait to see him grow with our company as we develop bigger and more complex projects and increase our portfolio.”
Dao has been working in renewables for almost a decade. Prior to joining Terrasun, he held various leadership positions at Ethos Energy, Clearway, Verengo, and General Electric. Dao is a graduate of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, holds an MBA from the University of Redlands and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from New York University’s School of Engineering. Dao’s diverse experience brings a great opportunity to bridge connections from other markets into the evolving energy storage space.
“I will focus my time on building strong relationships with our current suppliers while also meeting with new companies who are innovating in the batteries and power conditioning systems fields. I look forward to joining the Terrasun team and collaborating with top leaders creating change in the industry,” said Dao.
Dao joins Terrasun as the company solidifies its offering in the integration, software, and services fields with a major release of its new power plant software in the ERCOT market, where it performs Fast Frequency Response along with other ancillary services.
IHI Terrasun Solutions (Terrasun) is an integrator, software developer and services provider for energy storage systems. Delivering energy storage projects for over 7 years with over 2.1GWh of projects committed, contracted, and in construction, Terrasun has built a company with deep experience in integrating different battery and inverter technologies to meet the changing demands of a sustainable energy future.
Since 1853, IHI Corporation, the parent company of IHI Terrasun Solutions, has been a leader in infrastructure development including energy services, growing to $15B in revenue and employing 30,000 people across the world.