Tom Kuhn, who has led the Edison Electric Institute for more than 30 years as its president and CEO, announced March 30 that he plans to step down at the end of the year.

Kuhn was elected as EEI President and CEO in 1990 and is the trade organization’s longest-serving president. Kuhn joined EEI in 1985 as executive vice president and became chief operating officer in 1988. He was elected president and CEO in 1990. EEI represents U.S. investor-owned electric companies.

Prior to EEI, Kuhn was president of the American Nuclear Energy Council, which later merged with the Nuclear Energy Institute. And he headed the energy section of investment firm, Alex Brown and Sons, and served as White House Liaison Officer to the Secretary of the Navy.

EEI President Thomas Kuhn.

The EEI board of directors said it would conduct a national search for a replacement, with the goal of having a new president in place by December 31.

Kuhn said in a statement, “As an industry, we are at a global inflection point, and EEI’s mission to deliver Power by Association will remain unchanged.”

Kuhn received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale University, served as a Naval Officer following his graduation, and received an MBA from George Washington University. He also completed the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Senior Executive Program.

Kuhn earlier served on the Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Board. He currently serves on the boards of the Alliance to Save Energy, the United States Energy Association, and the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation. He received the 2018 United States Energy Award for “unparalleled contribution and leadership in the energy sector” and the Keystone Policy Center 2019 Leadership Award.

In addition to U.S. members, EEI has more than 65 international electric companies in more than 90 countries as International Members, as well as industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members.

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