Your team of experts

Our core team combines the very best in sector expertise, international business development, advanced technologies, global marketing, branding and international project management. From design to delivery, Midstream’s hands-on senior team works to keep the business at the fore of advanced global lighting solutions.

Senior Team

Yuli GrigCommercial Director & Co-Founder

As an entrepreneur, Yuli has worked across sectors as diverse as Finance, Oil & Gas, Music, Real Estate and Electronics. His passion in business is challenging the status quo, disrupting markets, building first-class teams, and solving complex challenges with creative solutions.

Yuli trained in Finance and Economics in London, with postgraduate studies in Law (LLM) and Engineering (MEng) in Scotland and Australia. He’s also been appointed as an Export Champion by the UK Government’s Department of International Trade.

Alexander KrupkinOperations Director & Co-Founder

As a founding partner of Midstream Lighting, Alex has been at the forefront of the company’s growth and expansion. He’s led projects all over the world across each of our key sectors and has a vast knowledge of both technical lighting and the sectors we work in. He also skilled in, business planning, international business development, green infrastructure, trading and risk management.

Paolo CornoTechnical Director & Co-Founder

With over ten years of LED lighting industry experience, Paolo is an invaluable and highly regarded member of our core leadership team.
Coming on board as one of the company’s co-founders in 2013, Paolo’s responsible for overseeing our Lighting Design, Engineering, and R&D Teams. He personally leads the design and development of Midstream’s comprehensive product portfolio – including the Atlas, Titan and Modus Floodlight Series – which are installed in over 85 airports globally.

An experienced designer, who holds a degree from Bocconi University in Milan, Paolo has led the design of over 100 LED lighting solutions in the aviation, maritime, sports and horticultural markets. ensuring that all national, local, industry and customer requirements are met.

Dominic DreyfusChairman

A former international merchant banker, Dominic brings over 30 years’ financial experience – including executive-level roles at Lloyds, S.G. Warburg, Soditic and CFAS groups. He has co-founded and developed financial companies and joint ventures that specialise in high yield, trade finance, and corporate finance transactions.

As Chairman of Midstream Lighting, Dominic supports and advises on all core aspects of the business and its growth strategies, while pioneering the formation of the Midstream Foundation.

Michael ShortHead of Marketing

Michael has over ten years’ experience in successfully helping businesses within the luxury, technology, digital, automotive, and finance markets to thrive and grow.  Well versed in lead generation campaigns, re-branding, implementing technology and growing teams, Michael is an innovative and results-driven marketer – accustomed to running marketing divisions internationally. He’s no stranger to change and loves a challenge.

He now oversees the strategic direction, generation, implementation and distribution of all marketing and communications for Midstream Lighting. Providing the highest level of marketing quality, Mike leads from the front and is key in launching our bespoke products that are changing critical infrastructures all over the world.

James BruntDirector of Sports

James heads up our Sports Lighting Division. With 16 years’ industry experience, spanning the delivery of grassroots facilities all the way through to world-class sporting stadiums, James is a trusted advisor throughout the industry and recognised for his unrivalled expertise.

James is known for delivering cutting edge, precision lighting across the entire sporting world. For much of his career, he’s been responsible for the design and delivery of thousands of sports lighting installations.

Drawing upon his deep industry knowledge, James continues to grow the Midstream Sports division globally. He runs a team of globally acclaimed sports lighting designers and solution architects to provide exceptional sport-centric LED lighting solutions to a global customer base.

Andrea PeratelloProduct manager

A mechanical engineer, production manager, project leader, and inventor Andrea’s career has been broad and varied. He’s worked in the chemical, mechanical, and electromechanical sectors – where he’s been responsible for the design of products and production equipment.

Andrea holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino.

With over 10 years of experience in LED lighting design and delivery, Andrea has boosted the development of all Midstream products inside our Engineering and R&D teams. He’s also responsible for overseeing the product manufacturing process of all our products.

Rory McBrideMaritime Sales Manager Americas

Rory brings to Midstream a decade of experience earned in the maritime industry for companies all over the world. This has allowed him to get involved in key lighting projects for some of the largest ports worldwide. Having been exposed to countless types of operations, Rory’s background empowers him to meet all Midstream maritime clients exactly where they are and provide the deepest level of consultancy and precision problem-solving.

Speaking four languages, including Mandarin, Rory oversees the global development of all our maritime-related products. He also coordinates with local resources and partners to identify new opportunities, secure projects, and make sure they’re delivered on time, to brief and within budget.

Mark NailerMaritime Manager – Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

An experienced Sales and Marketing professional, Mark has an extensive maritime background, both in the UK and internationally, covering over 11 years.

Mark’s a strong networker, with a track record of building lasting relationships. His role here at Midstream is, with our in-house lighting design and engineering teams, to help prospects and customers achieve and maintain the perfect lighting solutions for their operations.

His last position, before joining us, was at Hyster-Yale Group – a major worldwide container handler, lift truck, and general materials handling solutions manufacturer. Whilst he was there, he was appointed as their Industry Manager for Ports and Terminals. Before that, Mark worked at Kelvin Hughes, a maritime radar engineering company that provides solutions for private, commercial, and military markets. So, you can rest assured he knows what he’s talking about.

With a wide-ranging background in Network Partner Management, Mark is also responsible for helping all Midstream Partners across EMEA achieve their business goals.

Giuseppe MonticelliCountry Manager – Italy

Giuesppe is responsible for coordinating our pioneering solutions throughout Italy. Working across all our sectors, Giuesppe’s role covers the sales network, key account management, and commercial partnerships. He also works closely with our Design and Engineering teams to ensure the smooth delivery of client projects.

Before being ‘headhunted’ by Midstream, he was previously a Key Account Manager and then Head of Business Development at a major Italian LED lighting company. So, his knowledge of our industry is vast, especially across the airport, port, logistics, and highway sectors.
Just one of Giuseppe many major achievements is that he led the team responsible for constructing the first LED light tower in Europe.

Simon NewcombeHead of Specification

With more than 15 years LED lighting industry experience, Simon originally trained as an architectural designer. He started his business career at a design consultancy that specialised in street and urban lighting. He then moved into commercial management roles and has led teams on major award-winning lighting projects – both in the UK and overseas.

As our Head of Specification, Simon is responsible for ensuring Midstream is top of the list with consultants and architects across our core aviation, sports, maritime, and horticultural sectors.

Before joining Midstream Simon held director and senior specification roles at a number of top global lighting companies, including Siteco, Ligman, and Schreder.

A confessed lighting ‘geek’, Simon has always been captivated by what light does to form. He’s also fascinated at how lighting and IoT networks can transform safety, functionality, and the usability of buildings and landscapes

Ahmet ArikanSenior Advisor - Aviation

A highly successful senior management professional, Ahmet prides himself on his inspirational approach to the world of cross-border business. With over 25 years in the aviation industry, his wealth of knowledge makes him a trusted advisor to our global clients.

His passion is leading company transformations and designing business strategies to improve talent engagement, recruitment and retention as he is a strong advocate of great teams making great companies. He promotes proactive leadership and diversity within organisations.

Ahmet holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA, with a focus on organizational design.

In his previous role, he was the Global Procurement Director of Çelebi Aviation. His experience focuses on global sourcing, supply chain development, and contract negotiation.

Capt. Fred Wilder, US Coast Guard (Ret.)Senior Advisor - Maritime

Fred brings to Midstream some 35 years of expertise in government affairs, military operations, business development and training. He has a broad background of experience in the maritime community, with extensive command afloat and ashore tours, where as the former Chief of Operations for the Coast Guard Atlantic Area, he coordinated all law enforcement and rescue operation on the East Coast of the United States.

Fred holds a B.S. in Science from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and an M.S. in Information Systems from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, as well as an M.S. in National Security and Strategic Studies.

After retirement, Fred moved into the commercial business world and spent several very successful years in the maritime and land transportation industry. Fred currently works as a maritime technology and port security and safety consultant to DHS, U.S. Coast Guard, and numerous shipyards and seaports.

Todd McNabbSenior Advisor - Aviation

Before joining us, Todd worked in the aviation industry – supporting airports with their ever-evolving security and airside lighting needs. Todd brings over three decades worth of experience and expertise in engineering, six sigma quality, programme management, operations and service to Midstream.

He coordinates all sales and delivery activities across the North American aviation market for us. And he oversees Midstream’s in-house lighting design and manufacturing teams to ensure that quality and schedule are met.

In his previous role, Todd was the Global General Manager, Honeywell Airport Business.

Away from the world of lighting, Todd is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, holds a BS in Industrial Engineering and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), with a focus on Government Contracting. Throughout his career, Todd has been active in AAAE, ACI-NA, and IESALC.

Kimberly KrissSenior Advisor - Brand

Kimberly brings a wealth of experience as a Senior Brand, Communications and Marketing Executive. She’s well versed in cultivating world-class scalable brands, developing marketing and digital strategies and fostering, inspiring and galvanising teams. Kimberly has helped countless brands in the luxury hospitality, FMCG, technology, travel, and sports industries innovate and transform what they offer – with significant commercial success.

Previous clients include Reebok, PepsiCo, Sotheby’s Real Estate, NewsCorp, AEG Sports & Entertainment, Horseshoe Bay Luxury Golf, Spa & Resort, and Prezzo Restaurant Group.  As a Midstream Senior Advisor, Kimberly plays a crucial role in providing strategic insights, building brand equity and developing innovative strategies that position our clients, and ourselves, for continued success.

Ross BaxterSenior Advisor - Sport

With over twenty years leading sports facility planning, design, and delivery – in the public, private, and voluntary sectors – Ross brings a huge amount of significant knowledge to our team. At Midstream he works to promote, design, and deliver LED sports floodlighting projects to end-users either on a new build or retrofit basis.

A highly experienced senior leader and programme manager, Ross thrives on improving performance, identifying opportunities, and developing innovative solutions. Previously, as the Head of Facility Investment at the Rugby Football Union Ross delivered clubhouse, floodlighting, and pitch projects valued at over £300m. During his time there he was instrumental in creating a series of innovative commercial supplier and consultant frameworks.

When not working, Ross is a Rugby Union Level Four coach and mentor.

James SutcliffeSenior Advisor - Maritime

With over 30-years’ experience in the Ports and Maritime sector, James is the industry’s expert that other ‘experts’ call on for help and advice. Over his career he has led the UK’s first privatisation of a municipal port – the Port of Boston based in Lincolnshire, UK. Headed up the buyout, redevelopment, and sale of PD Ports Plc – a major UK port operator – for £475M. Ran the development and construction of a €200 capex greenfield container terminal in Poland (DCT Gdansk – a key hub in the Polish economic supply chain). He launched this in just 22 months and became its founding CEO.

As former Chairman of the UK Trade & Investment – Maritime Sector, from 2006-20013, he represented the UK’s port and maritime business globally. During his time there he promoted UK port expertise in emerging markets at a senior government level.

James currently acts as a port development advisor to Governments globally. He’s also the CEO of Port Evo – a ‘hands-on’ port developer. And he’s recently broadened his activities to include Crystal Seas – a green shipping services company. And, HydroPort – which generates power from tidal movements through port foundations.

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