Matthew Commons

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Hometown: Flourtown, Pennsylvania, USA


Springfield Township Senior H.S.



Matthew grew up in Philadelphia, not far from Penn's campus, but his studies with the Huntsman Program carried him across the Atlantic many times. Matthew founded the Wharton German Club and spent every summer of his Penn career in Germany. He studied at the Goethe Institut in Munich, interned with Unisys in Frankfurt, took classes at Freie Universität and worked for a business-to-business dot-com in Berlin. Back at home on Penn Campus, he was involved in the University's Model UN group, the International Affairs Association. Since graduation, he has worked with several energy technology and utility companies. After about four years in the business world, Matthew earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. At HBS, he was co-president of the Energy Club and an active member of the Venture Capital & Private Equity, Finance and Rugby Clubs.

Throughout Matthew's career, he has made good use of his Huntsman International Business skills. They enabled him to manage several international assignments: a partnership with a Japanese battery manufacturer, the successful sale of a Brazilian electric distribution subsidiary, and a joint venture with a German utility for an environmental testing facility. He is now the Chief Financial Officer of FloDesign Wind Turbine Corp., an organization that's developing a low-cost, high-efficiency shrouded wind turbine for worldwide deployment. Matthew is responsible for strategy, business development and finance of the Massachusetts-based startup company. He is also a contemporary art enthusiast and an aspiring golfer.