Job change announcements in the electric power and cleantech sectors.
American Electric Power announced organizational and executive leadership changes. Peggy Simmons, currently president and COO for Public Service Company of Oklahoma, was named EVP – Utilities. AEP’s seven utility company presidents and AEP’s customer service support organization will report directly to Simmons. Leigh Anne Strahler, currently VP of regulatory and finance for AEP Texas, will succeed Simmons as president and COO at PSO. Chris Beam, currently president and COO for Appalachian Power, was named EVP – Energy Services, with oversight of AEP’s generation, transmission, nuclear, supply chain, procurement, fleet, and safety and health organizations. Aaron Walker, currently VP of distribution region operations for Appalachian Power, was named president and COO of Appalachian Power, succeeding Beam. Simmons and Beam will report to Julie Sloat, AEP president and CFO; Strahler and Walker will report to Simmons.
kWh Analytics, a provider of climate insurance for renewable energy assets, named Michael Bachrodt as its COO. Bachrodt most recently was VP of structured finance for OYO Hotels. He also served as SVP for Bridge Bank and led project finance transactions at SunEdison and negotiated power purchase agreements at Pacific Gas & Electric.
Schneider Electric named Joshua Dickinson as SVP and CFO, North America. He began his career at Schneider in 2015 as the division controller and CFO for the company’s Industry U.S. division. Most recently, he was the NAM deputy CFO leading the North America FP&A team while also serving as the finance business partner to the U.S. country president. Dickinson graduated from Taylor University and earned his MBA with an emphasis on finance from the University of Texas at Arlington.
Renewable energy developer energyRe made changes to its senior leadership team. Wayne Galli was named SVP transmission development; Asha Gandhi was named SVP of finance; Cynthia Martinez was named SVP and general counsel; and Nash Tahmaz was named SVP, offshore wind. Before joining energyRe, Wayne Galli led the technical services team at Next Era Energy Transmission in pursuit of FERC Order 1000 competitive transmission projects. He was part of the founding management team of Clean Line Energy Partners. He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Louisiana Tech University and a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Purdue University. Asha Gandhi previously was senior director of finance at EDP Renewables North America, where she managed $10 billion of operating portfolios of renewable assets. She holds a B.A. in Economics & Productions Operations Management from Drexel University and has completed executive courses at both Harvard and Rice Universities. Cynthia Martinez led the legal team at TotalEnergies Renewables USA as well as VP and general counsel to Meridian Solar and practiced law at Vinson & Elkins. She earned her M.B.A. and J.D. from the University of Texas and her B.A. from Georgetown University. Nash Tahmaz earlier was leader of offshore wind execution at Equinor ASA/UK, where he led the U.S. East Coast offshore wind business development working group on behalf of the partners BP and Equinor. He holds an executive MBA from Imperial College London and a M.S. in Industrial Hygiene from the University of Aberdeen.
John W. Rowe, the former chairman of Chicago-based Exelon Corp., died Sept. 24 at the age of 77. He led Exelon from its formation in 2000 through the completion of its acquisition of Constellation Energy in 2012. Rowe previously held CEO positions at the New England Electric System and Central Maine Power Co., served as general counsel of Consolidated Rail Corp., and was a partner in the law firm of Isham, Lincoln & Beale. He also was a past chairman of Edison Electric Institute. Read more on his life here.
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