Arunas Chesonis is a managing partner and the founder of Cranberry Capital, an early stage venture fund that invests in disruptive technologies and teams in environmentally and socially impactful sectors such as clean water, renewable energy, and the life sciences. In 1998, Mr. Chesonis founded PAETEC Holding Corp., a Fortune 1000 telecommunications company, and served as its CEO until it was acquired in 2011 by Windstream Corp. for $2.3 billion. He previously served as President of ACC Corp. until it was purchased by AT&T in 1998.
Mr. Chesonis is currently the Chairman and CEO of Sweetwater Energy, a biochemical and biofuels technology firm based in Rochester, New York. His private philanthropic organization, the Chesonis Family Foundation, supports many environmental and renewable energy research projects, and has also given $10 million to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to support breakthrough technology research to address climate change and sustainability.
Mr. Chesonis received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Herbert W. Van Brul Entrepreneurial Award by the College of Business at Rochester Institute of Technology and was elected to the Rochester Business Hall of Fame. He holds a B.S in Civil Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and MBA from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester, and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Rochester. Mr. Chesonis is also a member of the MIT Corporation and is a trustee at the University of Rochester.
Day 1: Monday 24th April 2017
11:00 – 12:30 – Roundtables – Roundtable Host – Topic: “Early Stage Water Investment”