Job change announcements in the electric power and clean tech sectors.
FirstEnergy Corp. named John Hawkins as VP of operations support, reporting to Sam Belcher, SVP of operations. Hawkins succeeds David Karafa, who is retiring after more than 40 years with FirstEnergy. Hawkins joins FirstEnergy from Entergy Louisiana, where he served as VP of reliability. In that role, he was incident commander for restoration efforts following hurricanes Laura and Ida. Earlier, he held operations roles with Florida Power & Light and also spent time at Duke Energy. Hawkins holds a B.S.degree in electrical engineering technology from Purdue University and an MBA from Indiana University. He is a licensed P.E. in Ohio and Texas.
Robert Black was named VP of public affairs at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). He joined ERCOT from AEP Texas, where he served as VP of external affairs. Prior to joining AEP, Black served as Gov. Rick Perry’s press secretary and communications director, as a senior media advisor for Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s 2014 campaign, and as the communications director for Abbott’s 2002 campaign for Attorney General. He earlier worked for two Texas senators and began his career working for Rep. Tom Craddick.
PosiGen named Jordan Winder as VP of product and new markets. Prior to joining, Winder was VP of product at Sunrun where he oversaw scaling and optimization of financial products and hardware including its “Brightbox” battery. Prior to the company’s acquisition by Sunrun, he was VP of product at Vivint Solar. Winder started his career at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and later Scotiabank in its Power & Utilities Investment Banking Group.
Energy Vault Holdings named E.B. Jensen as SVP of project execution and delivery. Jensen previously served as SVP at Mott MacDonald. Earlier, he was VP and GM of power and new energy at Worley and spent 12 years at Jacobs, including as director and operations manager of power and energy. Jensen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State Polytechnic University, is a registered P.E. and a Certified Energy Manager.
CenterPoint Energy promoted Jason P. Wells, EVP and CFO, to the role of president and COO. Dave Lesar will continue to serve as CEO. Wells holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in accounting, both from the University of Florida. He is a CPA.
Black & Veatch named Ruturaj Govilkar as country manager and managing director, India. Govilkar has held multiple roles at Black & Veatch since joining in 2010. He has more than 30 years of experience in the global engineering and construction industry and graduated in Chemical Engineering from Nagpur University.
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