About Us

Who we are

Who we are

AECO Energy is a markets and technology solutions company transforming enterprise energy procurement, delivering customer-centric market platforms and professionally-managed energy portfolios. We help businesses seize energy market opportunities, mitigate risks and take control of the way they manage their energy costs and usage.

We are Asia’s dedicated retailer of Renewable Energy Certificates (REC), offering commercial and industrial customers long-term fixed price REC contracts to meet sustainability goals.

Headquartered in Singapore, AECO Energy brings in over 12 years of open markets experience equipped with technical market buying expertise. We are a member of the AECO Pacific Group together with our Australian counterpart, Power Choice.

The Board

CEO, Chairman & Founder

Alan Jones

Alan has over 20 years experience in Senior Management and over 10 years in Electricity Markets. His consulting, information technology, software and hardware, management and sales and marketing experience were gained across multinational companies, including Australian, Korean and American. He is the founder and CEO of the AECO Pacific Group which provides innovative electricity market solutions for business under the Power Choice and AECO Energy brands. He is responsible for, and aspires to, every day serve customers better through the provision of great quality services with relevant products and technology solutions from across the AECO Group.

He holds bachelor degrees in Mathematics, and Computer Science, an honours degree in Computer Science, also Masters degrees in Information Systems and Business Administration, and holds a diploma of Financial Services. He is a member of the Singapore Institute of Directors and holds their qualification of Qualified Listed Entity Director. He is a patent author, involving inventions in dynamic classification of internet media content across networks. He enjoys learning and speaking Mandarin and riding a road bicycle up classic mountain climbs — but not at the same time.

Executive Director & CFO

Gillian Li

Gillian has over 20 years of experience in multinational blue-chip corporations, including Goldman Sachs, Ernst & Young Consulting and UBS, specifically in the Financial Services and Professional Services sectors. Gillian’s expertise includes financial control, mergers & acquisitions integration, corporate and operational strategy and change management. At AECO Pacific Group, Gillian leads the finance and human resources functions. She also drives the market expansion and market entry initiatives.

Gillian holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management. She is also an Australian Chartered Accountant. She’s culturally well-rounded having lived and worked in Australia, China, Japan and now calling Singapore home. She is trilingual, being a native speaker in English and Chinese (Mandarin), with intermediate Japanese. In her spare time, Gillian lives an active lifestyle, and is mostly outdoors, canoeing or cycling on weekends.

Non-Executive Director

Louise Schirmer

Louise has an impressive career as a senior strategist and digital leader in her 20 years working in marketing. She has forged a unique combination of integrated marketing skills having held senior marketing and digital leadership roles in industries stretching from FMCG to financial services.

Leading the way in digital for companies including CUB, Heinz and Coca-Cola, she has developed and implemented acclaimed integrated marketing strategies. Prior to taking the leap to digital, Louise held Senior Brand Marketing positions with companies like Citibank and Mars.

Louise is an excellent facilitator and a motivational leader. She has a unique ability to simplify complex issues and distill them into strategic solutions.

She holds a Bachelor of International Business and Modern Asian Studies degree from Griffith University and a proud member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Our Leadership

Operations Director

Maricris Salazar

Maricris is a Certified Practicing Accountant with 14 years commercial experience in finance and operations. She has been with AECO Group since 2013. Fondly called “MC,” she has extensive and expansive experience in business operations making her the go-to guru for knowledge and operational processes. As the Operations Director for AECO Pacific Group, she oversees the day-to-day activities of the business, ensuring all are managed and performing efficiently and effectively while delivering the highest quality of service and commitment to our customers.

Maricris has an insatiable passion for food and fitness. In her spare time, she loves travelling, trying out cafes and restaurants and lifting weights.

Regional Sales & Distribution Director

Ivy Leng

Ivy has over 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the office automation, logistics and IT multinational companies. She is a seasoned sales leader with proven records in new business acquisitions, hitting company revenue targets and managing high-performing sales teams.

As AECO Pacific Group’s Regional Director, she is responsible for Asia Pacific region’s sales growth and expansion initiatives.

Ivy holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing Management from Northumbria University in Newcastle, England. She is a health buff and hits the gym regularly including swimming and running. She has a soft spot for charity work and actively gives back whenever she can.

Marketing Director

Rome Lopez

Rome has over 15 years of experience in corporate branding, marketing and communications from various multinational companies. She is responsible for managing and enhancing AECO Pacific Group’s brand positioning and establishing a consistent brand identity across all businesses and markets, including Singapore, Australia and other Asia Pacific regions. She also leads corporate communications, strategic marketing, advertising and media relations.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Development Communication and currently lives with her 3 dogs while watching her favorite series and movies on weekends.

Customer Experience & Services Delivery Manager

Melissa Tay

Melissa strongly believes that customer experience is an integral part to the success in an organization. With more than 13 years of experience in customer experience and retentions, she is responsible for the delivery of AECO Pacific Group’s customer interactions leading to greater customer satisfaction, loyalty and advocacy. She brings forth her forte in enhancing customer experience by optimizing the entire customer journey to improve business relationships and increase growth.

Melissa loves travelling and during her leisure time, she binge watches Netflix and also enjoys a good catch-up with friends.

Energy Markets Manager

Crystel Templo

Crystel brings in over a decade of extensive experience in the power sector, working specifically in commercial operations and business development. Her expertise covers sales and marketing, energy trading, contract development and project development of renewable energy. Over the course of her career, she has negotiated and closed more than 1,500MW of Power Purchase Agreements for the wholesale and retail energy sectors.

She is AECO Pacific Group’s lead energy expert, responsible for research and analysis, business and market development across all energy markets including Singapore, Australia and other Asia Pacific regions.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration. She enjoys her free time running and biking.

Technology Manager

Vasudha Bhushan

A licensed Engineer, certified Project Manager and Certified Scrum Master, Vasudha brings in her 18 years of experience in the Information Technology industry to lead highly innovative projects for Power Choice and AECO Energy.

She manages a strong team of IT experts in delivering superior business value spanning Program and Project Management, Domain consultancy, Application development and maintenance and Quality management.

Vasudha is an amateur keyboard player and enjoys listening to music.

Chief Technology Engineer

Wane Smith

Wane leverages his over 2 decades of extensive experience in the areas of IT strategy, programming, systems integration and optimisation and application development to build industry-leading, stable and secure in-house systems and applications enabling a seamless experience for AECO Energy and Power Choice’s customers, partners and employees.

He has a strong commitment in applying technology and innovation to improve business processes and outcomes.

Wane has a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from East Tennessee State University. In his free time, Wane enjoys gardening and fishkeeping.