WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Tuesday, November 10, the GridWise Alliance's Board of Directors unanimously voted to approve Steve Hauser as the organization's new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr. Hauser will replace current Alliance CEO Becky Harrison who is retiring at the end of 2015.
"The GridWise Alliance's Board of Directors is pleased to name Steve Hauser, a proven leader in the industry, as the organization's new CEO," said Scott Prochazka, President and Chief Executive Officer of CenterPoint Energy and Chairman of the GridWise Alliance. "As the Alliance continues to solidify support for grid modernization, it's important for us to have a leader like Steve, whose background and experience make him ideally suited to lead our organization by expanding our current activities and delivering value to our members."
"I am grateful to the Board of Directors of the GridWise Alliance for giving me this opportunity," said Hauser. "I am looking forward to working with the Board and our members to continue our efforts to educate stakeholders on the critical need to modernize our electric infrastructure by building on our successful Future of the Grid and Grid Modernization Index (GMI) initiatives.
Mr. Hauser was a founding member of the Alliance and has been actively engaged throughout its history. He has held senior management positions with several of Alliance member companies over the last two decades and is nationally recognized as one of our industry's pioneers.
"Steve is a visionary leader who has a deep understanding of the issues impacting grid modernization" added Prochazka. "His passion for grid advancement, and extensive contacts with industry stakeholders is a true asset to the Alliance. I look forward to working closely with Steve to continue the positive impact we have on this industry. "
Outgoing CEO Becky Harrison announced her intention to retire to the GridWise Alliance's Board of Directors in July 2015. The Alliance Board appointed a five-person search committee that reviewed a number of excellent candidates from across the country. The Board voted unanimously to appoint Mr. Hauser during its November meeting.
"It has been a pleasure to serve the members of the GridWise Alliance and educate stakeholders about the benefits associated with grid modernization investment," said Harrison. "I am excited about seeing the Alliance continue to grow under Steve's leadership."
Steve Hauser can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The GridWise Alliance:
The GridWise Alliance (GWA) represents the broad and diverse stakeholders that design, build and operate the electric grid, including electric utilities, information and communications technology equipment and service providers, national laboratories, academic institutions, Regional Transmission Operators (RTOs) and Independent System Operators (ISOs), and more. Since 2003, the Alliance has been at the forefront of educating legislators and regulators about the critical need to modernize our nation's electricity system.
For more information about the GridWise Alliance, please visit: http://www.gridwise.org.
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