Energy & Power

APR Energy Expands Africa Commercial Team with Utility, Industrial Focus

JACKSONVILLE, Florida, June 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — APR Energy, a global leader in fast-track power solutions, announces today the appointment of three new South Africa-based sales directors who will pursue emerging opportunities for power generation to serve the utility and industrial sectors across Sub-Saharan Africa.

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The new sales directors for APR Energy’s Africa commercial team include:

  • Mark Makanda, strategic projects
  • Colm Quinn, Southern Africa utilities
  • Clayton Marsland, industry

“We are excited to add three members to our growing global commercial team, significantly expanding our presence in Sub-Saharan Africa and building upon APR Energy’s experience delivering nearly a gigawatt of power across 10 countries on the continent,” said Silvio Cavaceppi, vice president of business development and marketing. “Mark, Colm and Clayton bring nearly 60 years of combined industry experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, and fill key roles as APR Energy intensifies its commercial focus to help meet the vast need for reliable power generation across the continent.”

Makanda joins APR Energy after two decades of activity in project and infrastructure finance in the power and water sectors. Most recently, Makanda worked as an associate in the Cape Town office of Dentons South Africa – the world’s largest law firm – focusing on mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance and oil and gas. Earlier, as a project specialist at Eskom Holdings, he was responsible for business development of power generation and transmission projects in the Southern Africa region covering Zambia, Zimbabwe, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Namibia and northern Mozambique. Prior to joining Eskom, Makanda worked on Africa-focused finance and business development projects at Ernst & Young, New Africa Opportunity Fund and the World Bank.

Quinn brings extensive energy and infrastructure experience to the APR Energy commercial team. Prior to joining the company, he was a consultant advising venture capital and private-equity firms working in the energy/power generation and infrastructure/construction sectors in Southern Africa. Earlier, he served as chief commercial officer at Abengoa Teyma Southern Africa, where he was responsible for strategy and implementation its solar, desalination and water distribution projects across Southern Africa. Quinn also worked as petroleum and power manager at Caterpillar in Southern Africa, with responsibility for all commercial activities related to mobile power generation.

Marsland comes to APR Energy with deep experience in Africa’s mining and industrial industries. Prior to joining APR Energy, Marsland served as Africa business development manager at Renttech, where he focused on the mining, oil and gas, petrochemical and infrastructure sectors across Sub-Saharan Africa. Earlier, as key accounts manager in the African Cables division of Ruenet CBI, he was responsible for penetrating Sub-Saharan Africa’s growing mining sector. Marsland’s experience in the region also includes serving as sales and marketing manager at Scamont Engineering and sales manager at John Deere Industrial Power Products.

About APR Energy
APR Energy is the world’s leading provider of fast-track mobile turbine power. Our fast, flexible and full-service power solutions provide customers with rapid access to reliable electricity when and where they need it, for as long as they need it. Combining state-of-the-art, fuel-efficient technology with industry-leading expertise, our scalable turnkey plants help run cities, countries and industries around the world, in both developed and developing markets. For more information, visit the Company’s website at