Company Leadership

George H. Kirby
President, Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director

George H. Kirby joined Ocean Power Technologies in January 2015 as President, Chief Executive Officer and Board Director, bringing more than 20 years of international technical, commercial and operational experience in the global power and infrastructure sectors. Prior to joining OPT, Mr. Kirby was most recently Senior Vice President for the energy business unit at AECOM Technology Corporation, where he and his team provided full power generation and power delivery project life-cycle services in the US energy market. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Utility Services at SAIC Energy, Environment & Infrastructure working with electric utilities in the North American market. Mr. Kirby also held a variety of management positions at American Superconductor, GE Energy Financial Services, and GE Power & Water.

Mr. Kirby holds a Bachelors degree in aerospace engineering from Syracuse University and an MBA from Pennsylvania State University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Texas, a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, and he holds several patents in power generation technology.


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Dr. Mike M. Mekhiche
Executive Vice President, Engineering and Operations

Prior to joining OPT in 2012, Dr. Mekhiche worked for various commercial and defense contractors such as BAE Systems, a large global defense and aerospace contractor, DRS Technologies, Kaman Aerospace and SatCon Technology Corporation. At BAE Systems, Inc., he served most recently in the role of Director of Products and Technologies, overseeing the design, development, production and systems integration of advanced power management and hybrid propulsion product lines for various mobile and stationary applications such as naval vessels, heavy duty commercial vehicles and military combat and tactical platforms.

Dr. Mekhiche has over twenty years experience in new product development and commercialization of electro-mechanical and controls systems for industrial equipment, land vehicles and sea vessels, serving customers in the renewable energy sector, US Department of Defense, US Department of Energy, automotive industry, and machinery markets. He has led multi-discipline engineering teams, and has a diversified business background that allows him to address the needs of customers in various markets and geographic areas at the global scale. Dr. Mekhiche holds Doctorate and Masters degrees with honors in Electrical Engineering from the Grenoble Institute of Technology.


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Matthew T. Shafer
Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance, and Treasurer

Matthew T. Shafer is the Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance, and Treasurer of the Company.  Matt has over 20 years of global experiences in commercial operations, financial and regulatory reporting, debt and equity offerings, financial planning & analysis, mergers and acquisitions, ERP systems implementations, internal controls, and leading the full controllership aspects of finance at organizations in the industrial, commercial, and pharmaceutical industries.   He joined OPT from CMF Associates, a nation-wide practice specializing in providing finance and operations solutions for significantly improved financial results at small to middle market rapidly growing companies mainly in the manufacturing, energy, and healthcare industries, where he served as Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller leading high-performing finance teams.  Prior to this, he served in primary responsibility as a Business Unit CFO at Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, a large global publicly traded company that develops, manufactures, markets and distributes specialty pharmaceuticals and medical devices, where he was instrumental in leading finance teams for its Dentistry, Neurology and Generics portfolio business units, and working closely with commercial operations and corporate level teams on numerous product launches, sales force expansions, internal controls, financial systems integrations, business acquisitions and commercial contracts.

Matt has a foundation in Public Accounting working at Arthur Andersen LLP and extensive manufacturing, commercial, and industrial U.S. domestic and international finance and operations public company leadership experiences earlier in his career while at Tyco International, Catalent Phama Solutions, and US Industries Inc.  He is a Certified Public Accountant, has an MBA in Finance from Rutgers Business School, and a Bachelor degree from The Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University.


Deborah A. Montagna
Vice President, Business and Project Development

Deborah A. Montagna has over 25 years experience in US Government business development and contracting. Her experience includes extensive program management, business development, technical operations, and contract management experience in both commercial and government sectors primarily in wireless communications and military communications and test equipment industries.

Before joining OPT, she was Director of Technical Operations for Clariti Telecommunications International responsible for the development of key components of the company’s messaging network. Previously, Ms. Montagna was Vice President of Operations at Mikros Systems Corporation directing activities of the engineering, manufacturing, finance and program management departments. Other experience includes successful commercialization of products through the US Government’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, including OPT’s PowerBuoy, and the US Navy’s Aegis Shipbuilding Program.

Ms. Montagna earned a Masters of Business Administration degree from LaSalle University, Bachelors degree in Mathematics from The College of New Jersey, and Associates degree in Electrical Engineering.