Managing Partner, SAIL Venture Partners
F. Henry "Hank" Habicht II possesses an extensive environmental and energy background in both the public and private sectors. He currently serves as Managing Partner of SAIL Venture Partners, a leading venture capital fund investing in leading-edge clean energy, water and related technologies. Prior to his SAIL affiliation, Mr. Habicht served as CEO of the Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF), where he now serves as Vice Chairman. GETF is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation that fosters innovation in environmental management and applications of clean technology that make business and environmental sense. He is a founding Principal of Capital E, LLC, a firm that promotes investment in new energy technology and also serves as Commissioner on the National Commission on Energy Policy.
Previously, Mr. Habicht was Senior Vice President of Safety-Kleen Corporation, a provider of industrial and recycling services to 400,000 customers with sales of over $1 billion. Mr. Habicht's responsibilities included the three business and functional units of Corporate Development, Corporate Account sales and Environment, Health and Safety operations. Mr. Habicht acquired or assisted in the startup of several successful businesses which helped grow sales by over $100 million. His team also established environmental performance indicators and made dramatic improvements in all categories.
Prior to his position with Safety-Kleen, Mr. Habicht was Chief Operating Officer of U.S. EPA under Administrator William K. Reilly. Mr. Habicht’s responsibilities included budget and program management authority for a $7 billion budget and 18,000 employees. Direct reports included all regional, financial and program operations. Mr. Habicht initiated quality-oriented management improvements to improve planning and integrate U.S. EPA's diverse science, policy and enforcement functions. In addition, Mr. Habicht chaired or served on several interagency work groups concerning risk assessment, energy, transportation, trade, and technology promotion.
From 1987 to 1989 Mr. Habicht was with William D. Ruckelshaus Associates as Vice President and Counsel. Mr. Habicht’s responsibilities included counsel for companies on environment-related operational, legal and financial issues along with assisting in development of new business ventures. Prior to this position, Mr. Habicht was Assistant Attorney General of the United States where he directed the Land and Natural Resources Division with responsibility for all federal environmental enforcement, energy and natural resource litigation.
Mr. Habicht is a member of numerous boards and advisory councils. He has served as a Member of the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board; and is currently on the Steering Committee of the Energy Future Coalition; Chairman of Board of Resolve, Inc.; Director of 3E Company; and as a Member of NREL National Advisory Board; the President’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiation; and the Advisory Board for the National Leadership Summits for a Sustainable America. In addition, Mr. Habicht also serves on the Chesapeake Bay Blue Ribbon Financing Panel, the Dow Chemical Corporate Environmental Advisory Council, WaterHealth International and the Advisory Boards for the Princeton Environmental Institute and the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable. Recently, Mr. Habicht was selected to receive the Air & Waste Management Association’s 2009 Richard Beatty Mellon Environmental Stewardship Award.
Mr. Habicht graduated from Princeton University and received his law degree from the University of Virginia.