Walter Czarnecki serves as Vice President of Business Development, where he is responsible for increasing portfolio company revenue growth and developing Acorn's international platform.
Prior to joining Acorn, Walter served as Director of Corporate Strategy and Business Development at Ener1, Inc., a maker of lithium-ion energy storage solutions. Walter managed Ener1's joint venture with China's largest Tier I auto parts supplier, Wanxiang, a $25 billion global conglomerate. Prior to Ener1, Walter served on the Corporate Strategy team for Gamesa Energy and previously spent four years in Beijing, where he led the Clean Technology team for China Renaissance Partners, a Chinese investment bank with over $4 billion in transactions. Walter's first assignment in China was as the University of Maryland's first employee in Asia where he established UMD's China strategy and increased revenue by $3.6mm. He began his career at Lehman Brothers Investment Banking in New York.
Walter holds an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School and an MA in International Studies with a focus on Mandarin and East Asian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. He is professionally proficient in Mandarin and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Bucknell University with degrees in Economics and English.