Mark Laabs is a co-founder and the Executive Chairman of Modern Energy, a holding company for clean energy businesses leading the transition to a net-zero carbon economy. Modern Energy partners with clean energy business leaders to scale innovations in energy efficiency, distributed generation, and storage. Mark previously co-founded Faro Energy, one of the leading distributed solar companies in Brazil, which Modern Energy acquired in early 2020.
Prior to Modern Energy, Mark served as Chief Operating Officer of Soligent, a California-based solar equipment distributor with over 5,000 customers and over $150mm in annual revenues. Prior to Soligent, Mark helped to build and sell Climate Bridge, a major early player in global carbon markets with offices in Europe, Asia, and Oceania. Prior to that, he served as a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company.
Mark serves on the Board of Directors at Advanced Energy Economy, the Board of Advisors at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, and as a Commissioner of the Environmental Transitions Commission.
In addition to his work in the clean energy industry, Mark founded and chairs the board of the Rare Cancer Research Foundation (rcrf.org), a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to curing rare cancers. The foundation operates Pattern.org which helps patients with rare cancers directly donate their tumor tissue and medical data to high-impact research institutions such as the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to accelerate research and therapeutic opportunities.
Mark graduated as a Robertson Scholar jointly from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University.