Finance and Accounting Advisor
Henry "Hank" Newell
MEET THE TEAM
Ian Bowles, Co-Founder & Managing Director
Ian is co-founder and Managing Director of WindSail Capital Group. He brings over 25 years of experience in the energy and environmental sectors. Prior to WindSail, he served as Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, where he oversaw a landmark restructuring of utility and environmental regulation which included making MA a top ranked state in energy efficiency, renewable energy and greenhouse gas emissions reductions. He was also chairman of the MA Water Resources Authority and the founding chairman of the MA Clean Energy Center. Earlier in his career, he served on the National Security Council staff of President Bill Clinton and was a Vice President at Conservation International where he played a key role in creation of the four million acre Central Suriname Nature Reserve.
Ian is a board member at the New England Clean Energy Council, Longroad Energy and the Museum of Science. He is an advisor to several other leading clean energy companies. Ian received his A.B. from Harvard College and a Masters degree from Oxford University. A native of Woods Hole, MA, he currently lives in Dover with his wife and two children.
Michael Rand, Co-Founder & Managing Director
Michael is co-founder and Managing Director of WindSail Capital Group. Michael brings to WindSail over 25 years of experience in private equity investing, structured finance and corporate finance. Prior to founding WindSail, Michael spent 11 years as a private equity professional, most recently as a Managing Director of GB Merchant Partners, a division of Gordon Brothers Group. Previously, Michael served as a Principal at Palladin Capital Group, a New York based middle market private equity firm. Prior to joining Palladin, Michael was a member of the Leveraged Finance/Merchant Banking Division of CIBC World Markets.
Michael received a B.S. from Georgetown University and an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. He currently serves as the Chairman of Coaching4Change and lives in Wellesley, MA with his wife and three children.
Jessica Hart, Principal
Jessica is a Principal who joined the WindSail team in 2018. Jessica oversees all financial, compliance, and administrative functions for the firm. Prior to joining WindSail, Jessica worked at Station Houston, an accelerator for early stage technology companies, where she led day to day operations. Prior to joining Station Houston, Jessica was Director of Business Development and Marketing at Main Street Capital, where she led deal sourcing and marketing efforts for the lower middle market investment group. Prior to joining Main Street Capital, Jessica was Vice President of Finance and Administration for Clarium Capital Management, a San Francisco based hedge fund. Previously, Jessica was a staff accountant at Spencer Capital Management, a New York based hedge fund.
Jessica received a B.S. from the University of Montana and an MBA from
the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. She
currently lives in Boston, MA with her husband and son.
Matthew O'Rourke, Principal
Matt is a Principal who joined the WindSail team in 2015. Matt has over 10 years of broad industry experience as an investor and lender and has directly managed over $450 million in assets. Prior to joining WindSail, Matt was a Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager and founding team member at Salus Capital Partners, a $1.4-billion credit fund. At Salus, Matt was responsible for underwriting, structuring and managing a diverse portfolio of credit facilities to lower middle market businesses across the U.S. and Canada. Prior to joining Salus Capital, Matt was an Assistant Vice President at People’s United Bank, a $44-billion commercial bank where he sourced, underwrote and managed a portfolio of middle market commercial loans. Matt began his career at People’s United Bank as a credit analyst where he underwent an eighteen-month credit training and rotational program within the bank.
Matt is an active member of the startup community and is also involved in various trade organizations. Matt received a B.S. in Business Administration cum laude from Bryant University. He currently lives in Newton, MA with his wife and two children.
Jane Silfen, Operating Advisor
Jane joined the WindSail team in 2018 as an Operating Advisor. She has over a decade of experience in project finance, infrastructure development, and sustainability. Jane is the founder of Mayfair Advisors LLC, a sustainable investment advisory firm, and was previously a Vice President at Encourage Capital, LLC where she was responsible for the firm's sustainable infrastructure investment and advisory business. Jane has also held public sector roles as the Director of Economic Development and an HBS Leadership Fellow at the Trust for Governors Island, and at the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Credit Programs. Jane began her career in investment banking at Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Jane is a board member at Phillips Edison & Company. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. She currently lives in New York, NY.
Andrew Chang, Senior Associate
Andrew is a Senior Associate who joined the WindSail team in January 2021. Prior to joining WindSail, Andrew worked as an analyst in M&A advisory with King & Spalding and in investment banking with Wells Fargo Securities. Prior to that, Andrew spent a summer analyst term with the Debt Capital Markets group at Wells Fargo Securities.
Andrew received a B.A. from Amherst College. He currently lives in Boston, MA.
Suneer Sood, Senior Associate
Suneer is a Senior Associate who officially joined the WindSail team in the summer of 2017, but previously served as an intern, a Summer Associate and an Associate. Prior to joining WindSail, Suneer interned at Search Fund Accelerator specifically working with the Arden Bay, LLC team. Previously, Suneer interned at The Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc, a boutique investment banking firm.
Suneer received a B.S. cum laude from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. He currently lives in Cambridge, MA.
Ken Poudrier, Finance and Accounting Advisor
Ken serves as a Finance and Accounting Advisor to WindSail, supporting the team on fund administration and accounting related issues. Previously, Ken acted as WindSail's Chief Financial Officer, overseeing all financial and compliance functions for the firm. Ken has previously held positions of Senior Director at SS&C Technologies, Inc. and Principal/ Director of Operations at Gravity Financial, LLC. Prior to this, he held various roles at State Street, Bisys Hedge Fund Services and Beacon Consulting Group. Ken has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, with more than 10 years in the alternative investment space. His experience covers all aspects of fund operations and he has provided outsourced CFO, management company and fund administration services to both start-up and established hedge fund, private equity and venture capital funds over the years.
Ken attended Brandeis University where he played varsity baseball and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
Henry "Hank" Newell, Operating Partner
Hank joined the WindSail team in 2018 as an Operating Partner. He has over 30 years of experience in the pulp, paper and packaging sectors and is the former CEO and COO of Wausau Paper. He has served in multiple general management roles, as the CFO for both public and private companies, and brings significant experience in the operational execution and integration of transactions as well as broad experience in manufacturing and corporate governance. Prior to Wausau Paper he was with the James River, Fort James, Georgia Pacific, Packaging Dynamics and Atlas Holdings.
He is an advisor and director to several of WindSail’s portfolio companies, including Genera Energy and Crate Modular Solutions.
Hank served twenty years as an officer in the U.S. Army and the National Guard. He is Chairman of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and a Director for the Little Rapids Corporation. He received a BSBA from the University of Florida and an MBA from Wake Forest University. He and his wife live in Mosinee, Wisconsin and have four adult children and three grandchildren.