Job change announcements in energy and clean tech.

Tina Ko was named EVP and COO at Western Area Power Administration. She has been acting in the position since March and will assume the permanent role in early November. Ko brings 22 years of experience from Bonneville Power Administration across generation, transmission and corporate services. Most recently she served in an executive capacity as VP of transmission marketing and sales for four years. 

AVANGRID announced the consolidation of its onshore and offshore renewables businesses, which will be led by Jose Antonio Miranda, who will serve as president and CEO of Avangrid Renewables. Miranda was named co-CEO and president of Onshore for Avangrid Renewables in October 2021. He earlier was CEO of Onshore in the Americas region for Siemens Gamesa and chairman of its boards in the U.S., Mexico, and Brazil. Miranda holds a Master of Business Administration from ICADE (Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, Madrid, Spain) and a degree in Industrial Engineering from Superior Technical Institute Engineers of Gijón (Oviedo University, Spain).

FirstEnergy Corp. said John W. Somerhalder II, chair of the board of directors, was named interim president and (CEO. His appointment followed Steven E. Strah’s decision to retire as president and CEO of FirstEnergy and as a member of the board of directors. Somerhalder will continue to serve as chair of the FirstEnergy board, which will start a search of external candidates to identify a permanent CEO. The company said its board of directors completed its previously announced management review.

Infrastructure consulting firm AECOM named Kristy Pipes to its board of directors as a member of its audit committee. Most recently she was managing director and CFO at Deloitte Consulting. From 1999 until her retirement in 2019, Pipes served in various roles at Deloitte Consulting. She currently serves as a director of Public Storage, as a director of ExlService Holdings, and as a director of Savers Value Villages. Previously, Pipes was a director of PS Business Parks, a publicly traded real estate investment trust until acquired in July.

The U.S. Departments of Energy and Transportation said that Gabe Klein — former commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation and director of the Washington D.C. Department of Transportation — will lead the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation. Klein launched two of the first and largest partially-electric bikeshare systems in the U.S., directed the building of protected bike lanes and better pedestrian infrastructure for vulnerable citizens citywide, and facilitated carsharing and ridesharing services which included EVs to help each city’s mobility goals. He is also former partner and co-founder at CityFi, an urban change management group that equips leaders with the understanding of new business models and cutting-edge solutions, and the policy frameworks and approaches cities can use to leverage current and new sustainable technology. 

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