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Jim Gagnard Joins Upwind Solutions, Inc. Board of Directors
Gagnard is a visionary leader with vast expertise in leading technology companies

San Diego, CA (June 2, 2012) – UpWind Solutions, Inc (“UpWind”), the San Deigo, CA based wind asset management services firm, announced today that it has added Jim Gagnard to their board of directors. The addition of Gagnard to the Board of Directors is in keeping with UpWind’s strategy to utilize proprietary technology and software to help deliver a higher standard of service to their wind project customers.

Gagnard has over 25 years of executive management experience leading technology companies. He has lead several companies from early product development to revenue growth and profitability. As a result of his commitment to software innovation, he has worked closely with the venture capital community and strategic investors to raise over $80 million for his companies.

“Jim is a proven visionary leader, his track record of developing and commercializing customer centric software solutions is very impressive, and we’re thrilled that he will be serving on our Board of Directors,” says Peter Wells, CEO of UpWind. “The timing of Jim joining our Board couldn’t be better as we prepare to launch our condition based monitoring solution (UpWind Sentinel™) and advanced analytics software solution (UpWind Analytics™) , leveraging technology to enhance our services and deliver improved asset performance for our customers“.

Until March, 2011, Jim was Chairman and CEO of SmartSignal Corporation. In January, 2011, SmartSignal was acquired by GE. SmartSignal’s Advanced Analytics software is used by Power Generation companies, Oil and Gas companies, and Airlines to predict and mitigate equipment failure.

Prior to SmartSignal, Jim has led several privately-held, venture-funded software companies including Questra, Launchpoint, and Diffusion. Prior to leading entrepreneurial companies in Silicon Valley, Jim held senior management positions with Pansophic Systems, Control Data and IBM

UpWind Solutions is the wind industry’s leading third party provider of asset management operations and maintenance services. Our team of highly experienced wind industry experts is committed to providing a higher standard of service to the growing fleet of North American wind turbines. At UpWind Solutions, O&M stands for more than just operations and maintenance; it stands for optimizing and maximizing wind turbine production at a lower cost per KWh, ultimately delivering a greater ROI for owners over the full project life span. For additional information visit

Peter Wells

Peter Wells

Peter Wells is a senior executive business leader with 27 years of global experience in renewable energy, energy technology, power projects, construction engineering and consulting. He was named Chief Executive Officer in September 2011, after serving as the company’s Chief Operating Officer. His demonstrated leadership, vision, and strategic thinking have been instrumental in fulfilling the overall corporate strategy of consistently providing customers a full-service offering at a lower cost per kilowatt hour.

Peter is focused on the continued growth and development of UpWind as the leading wind energy independent service provider (ISP) on utility scale wind power projects in North America. His commitment has been demonstrated through the development of an ISP that both sets the industry standard for O&M Excellence© but also continues to innovate how O&M providers can produce better results for wind farm owners.