development group focused on mergers and acquisitions. From 1992 to 2006, Ms. Cranna served at AES Corporation in various positions of increasing responsibility, focusing on greenfield power project development for coal, gas, and hydro-electric power plants, non-recourse project financings, and mergers and acquisitions across multiple geographies including Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and the United States. Ms. Cranna holds a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University. The Company believes that Ms. Cranna’s extensive financial experience and history of leadership enables her to effectively supervise the Company’s financial operations. Ms. Cranna also serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of TerraForm Global.
Sebastian Deschler, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Mr. Deschler was appointed Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary in January 2014. Mr. Deschler previously served as Vice President and Head of Legal, EMEA and Latin America at SunEdison, which he joined in 2007. He played a leading role in the international expansion of SunEdison, and led a number of large and innovative debt and equity transactions that have been recognized as setting precedents for the industry. Before joining SunEdison, Mr. Deschler was an attorney at major law firms in Washington D.C., handling project finance, regulatory and corporate matters. Mr. Deschler holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from New York University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar, and a law degree from University of Bonn, Germany. He is admitted to practice law in New York, Washington D.C. and Germany.
Thomas Studebaker, Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Studebaker has served as our Chief Operating Officer since July 2016. Mr. Studebaker, age 39, is a Managing Director in AlixPartners, LLPs’ (“AlixPartners”) Turnaround & Restructuring practice in the Boston office, joining the firm in 2008. Previously, he spent two years with a boutique restructuring group in Chicago and four years with PricewaterhouseCoopers in that firm’s assurance and business advisory services practice. Previously, he has acted as the Chief Financial Officer to Metro Fuel Oil Corp., as well as the Chief Financial Officer to a privately held global consulting company. Mr. Studebaker holds an MBA from the J. L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from the University of Notre Dame. He is a certified public accountant licensed in the state of Massachusetts and a member of the Turnaround Management Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the Association of Insolvency & Restructuring Advisors. Mr. Studebaker also serves as the Chief Operating Officer of TerraForm Global.
David Rawden, Interim Chief Accounting Officer
Mr. Rawden has served as our Interim Chief Accounting Officer since July 2016. Mr. Rawden, age 60, is a Director in AlixPartners’ Turnaround and Restructuring practice. He joined AlixPartners in 1990. Most recently, he was Chief Financial Officer for Career Education, a publicly traded post-secondary education company. Mr. Rawden was also Interim Chief Financial Officer for Exopack Holding, a privately held SEC registered manufacturer of flexible packaging; Chief Financial Officer for X-Rite, a private/public manufacturer of Electro/Optical color measurement devices; Chief Financial Officer for Allied Holdings, a publicly traded transportation company; Chief Financial Officer for a regional transportation and warehousing company; Chief Financial Officer for the Savannah College of Art and Design and interim Chief Financial Officer for a privately-held global sporting event company. Mr. Rawden earned a Master of Management in finance and economics from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from Michigan State University. He is a certified public accountant in the state of Michigan. Mr. Rawden also serves as the Interim Chief Accounting Officer of TerraForm Global.
Hanif "Wally" Dahya, Director
Mr. Dahya was appointed to our Board in connection with the completion of our IPO in July 2014. Since 2007, Mr. Dahya has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Y Company LLC, a private investment firm that specializes in restructuring distressed assets in emerging markets, focusing on telecommunications, energy, and environmental industries. Before founding the Y Company LLC, Mr. Dahya was a Partner at Sandler O’Neill & Partners LP, a full-service investment banking firm specializing in serving financing institutions, from 1991 to 1997. Prior to that, Mr. Dahya worked at EF Hutton & Company, Inc. in the Corporate Finance group, served as a Managing Director at LF Rothschild & Company, Inc., and was a Managing Director at UBS Securities Inc. Mr. Dahya is currently a member of the board of directors of New York Community Bancorp, Inc., for which he chairs the Investment Committee and the New York Commercial Bank Credit Committee, for which he is a member of the Audit Committee, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, Risk Assessment Committee, Capital Adequacy Committee and Asset Liability Committee. Mr. Dahya brings valuable energy industry and public company board experience to our Board. Mr. Dahya serves as chair of the Audit Committee of the Board. Mr. Dahya also serves as director and as chair of the audit committee of TerraForm Global.