Heliogen nominates Julie Kane and Robert Kavner for upcoming election to its Board of Directors

– USA, CA –  Heliogen, Inc., a leading provider of AI-enabled concentrated solar power, today announced the nominations of Julie Kane and Robert Kavner for joining its Board of Directors upon closing of the business combination with Athena Technology Acquisition Corp. (NYSE: ATHN).

“Both Julie and Robert further this aim and bring to the proposed Board a wide range of public company knowledge and experiences across industries and financial and technical disciplines. Their additions signal the deep commitment I and the rest of the Heliogen executive team have to good corporate governance and accountability. I am excited to have them on the team as we continue to execute our strategy and scale our technology to decarbonize the energy and industrial sectors.” said founder and CEO, Bill Gross.

About Julie Kane

Ms. Kane has served as a director of SIGA Technologies, Inc. since May 2019. She currently chairs SIGA’s Compensation Committee and formerly chaired SIGA’s Nominations and Corporate Governance Committee. She is currently an independent consultant in the aviation industry. Ms. Kane is the former SVP, Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, and Deputy General Counsel of PG&E Corporation (2015-2020). Before joining PG&E Corporation in 2015, Ms. Kane worked at Avon Products, Incorporated as VP and General Counsel of Avon North America and Corporate Legal Functions. Before joining Avon in 2013, Ms. Kane held several senior roles with Novartis Corporation and its affiliates for over 25 years. Ms. Kane is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ethics Resource Center in Washington, D.C., and formerly served on the Board of Governors of the Commonwealth Club of California.

Ms. Kane holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Williams College and a law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Ms. Kane is a member of the California state bar. Ms. Kane’s decades of experience spanning several industries, including pharmaceuticals, chemicals and agribusiness, beauty, direct-selling, and dual-fuel utilities, along with her experience in environmental, social, and governance matters, provides our Board with valuable insight into many aspects of our business.

About Robert Kavner

Since 1995, Mr. Kavner has been an independent venture capital investor focusing on investments in technology companies. From January 1996 through December 1998, Mr. Kavner served as president and CEO of On Command Corporation, a provider of on-demand video systems for the hospitality industry. From 1984 to 1995, Mr. Kavner held several senior management positions at AT&T, including SVP, CFO, and CEO of Multimedia Products and Services Group and chairman of AT&T Venture Capital Group. Mr. Kavner also served as a member of AT&T’s executive committee. Before joining AT&T, Mr. Kavner was a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Mr. Kavner currently serves on the boards of directors of several privately-held companies, including several early-stage companies. He has previously served on the board of directors of several public companies, including serving as chairman of Earthlink Networks, CitySearch, Overture, and Pandora Media, and as a member of the boards of Sun Microsystems, Philips Telecommunications, Fleet Bank of Boston, Tandem Computers, and Duracell International.

Mr. Kavner received a B.B.A. from Adelphi University and attended the Advanced Management Program at the Amos Tuck School at Dartmouth College.

About Heliogen

Heliogen is a renewable energy technology company focused on eliminating the need for fossil fuels in heavy industry and powering a sustainable future. The company’s AI-enabled, modular concentrated solar technology aims to cost-effectively deliver near 24/7 carbon-free energy in the form of heat, power, or green hydrogen fuel at scale – for the first time in history. Heliogen was created at Idealab, the leading technology incubator founded by Bill Gross in 1996.

For more information: https://heliogen.com/

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