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[March 25, 2013]

PwC U.S. Appoints Tom Solazzo to U.S. Cleantech Leader

NEW YORK, March 25, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- PwC U.S. today announced that Tom Solazzo, a 30-year industry veteran, has been named the U.S. Cleantech Leader for the firm where he will play a key role in helping clients develop, commercialize, deploy, and maintain go-to-market strategies for products and services across the cleantech ecosystem. Solazzo succeeds Tim Carey in this role and also leads PwC's Management Consulting group in the Power and Utilities sector.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100917/NY66894LOGO) PwC is making significant investments in its dedicated Cleantech practice, which helps companies across a broad range of industries including Automotive, Energy, Industrial Products, Power and Utilities, and Technology as well as the Public Sector. The firm's broad network of industry sector specialists combines a detailed knowledge of government policy and regulation with strong private enterprise experience, providing an in-depth understanding of key industry issues around strategy, operations, regulations, risk, technology, and finance.

"Tom brings cross-industry perspective to his leadership role, enhancing PwC's capabilities to assist cleantech companies in achieving success and responding to the ever-changing business, regulatory and tax environment," said Bill Cobourn, PwC's U.S. Markets & Sectors Leader. "We look forward to Tom's leadership in driving the direction and expansion of our growing Cleantech practice." "In this rapidly changing environment, business model innovation and operational excellence are vital for cleantech growth and profitability," said Solazzo. "For cleantech companies to be competitive, they need to ensure that their systems and processes are efficient and scalable. Drawing on the firm's deep-rooted industry experience, PwC has a strong track record in helping cleantech companies succeed by providing actionable advice for critical business functions - from product development and supply chain excellence to customer experience innovation. I look forward to expanding our cleantech capabilities and leading a talented and dedicated group of individuals to meet the growing needs of cleantech companies and other organizations looking to take advantage of new cleantech capabilities." Based in Irvine, California, Solazzo has worked closely with companies of all sizes from venture startups to multi-billion dollar Fortune 100 companies. Prior to joining PwC, Solazzo held various leadership positions in the utilities, technology, and communications industries where he played pivotal roles in the development and deployment of new digital products and standards. In the power and utilities and cleantech industries, he has assisted clients with product and service innovation, energy efficiency and demand response, regulatory and legal matters, smart grid strategy, and infrastructure deployment.

Solazzo received his B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford University. In addition to client work, he has spoken at conferences on a variety of topics including smart grid strategy, home area networking, and energy storage. Solazzo is also the founding sponsor of an Acres of Love home for orphaned and abandoned children in South Africa, a Foundation and Philanthropy Circle Member of Mission Hospital of Orange County, and the recipient of the Man of Character Award from the Boy Scouts of America.

About PwC U.S.PwC U.S. helps organizations and individuals create the value they're looking for. We're a member of the PwC network of firms in 158 countries with more than 180,000 people. We're committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax and advisory services. Tell us what matters to you and find out more by visiting us at www.pwc.com/US.

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