Jan van Dokkum is an operating partner with Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. He joined the firm in 2010 with the specific task of assisting KPCB’s greentech ventures toward commercialization. Jan has 30 years of experience in building organizations to achieve rapid growth through effective go-to-market strategies, strategic partnerships, cost-effective manufacturing and supply chain implementation, and human resource deployment. Before joining KPCB as a partner, Jan assisted a number of KPCB portfolio companies as an independent consultant.
Earlier in his career, Jan served as president of UTC Power, a division of United Technologies, Inc., for seven years and was instrumental in advancing UTC Power's on-site power generation product and service offerings. These include stationary fuel cells, renewable power solutions and combined cooling, heating and power applications for commercial building markets. He led the effort to improve energy productivity and energy security in commercial buildings by offering in-depth analysis of a building’s electrical and thermal systems. In addition, he focused the company’s fuel cell activities toward transportation, working closely with leading automotive manufacturers and seeking out other early uses for fuel cells, such as transit buses. Before joining UTC Power, Jan was with Siemens for 17 years. For the last six of those years, he served as president and chief executive officer of Siemens Power Transmission & Distribution, Inc. During that time, he augmented the company’s traditional power equipment, such as switchgear, power breakers, transformers and regulators, with intelligent systems and controls. His vision included creating a smart electrical power delivery system to provide greater reliability and functionality, while adapting to deregulation and improving competitiveness. Under Jan’s leadership, the product lines expanded to include metering and billing systems, power system information technology, distribution automation and high-voltage controls.
Jan is a member of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technical Advisory Committee, and he contributed to the Department of Energy’s Grid 2030 National Vision for Electricity’s Second 100 Years. He also co-chaired the Energy Efficiency in Buildings project for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. He has served on the board of directors of WestStart-CALSTART and was chairman of the California Fuel Cell Partnership for two years. Jan immigrated to the United States from the Netherlands in 1978. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering.