CEO Speakers

Ralph Izzo
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated

Ralph Izzo was elected chairman and chief executive officer of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated 

(PSEG) in April 2007. He was named as the company’s president and chief operating officer and a member of the board of directors of PSEG in October 2006. Previously, Mr. Izzo was president and chief operating officer of Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G). 

Since joining PSE&G in 1992 Mr. Izzo was elected to several executive positions within PSEG’s family of companies, including PSE&G senior vice president – utility operations, PSE&G vice president – appliance service, PSEG vice president - corporate planning, and PSE&G vice president - electric ventures.  In these capacities he broadened his experience in the areas of general management, strategic planning and finance. 

Mr. Izzo is a well-known leader within the utility industry, as well as the public policy arena.  He is frequently asked to testify before Congress and speak to organizations on matters pertaining to national energy policy. 

Mr. Izzo’s career began as a research scientist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, performing numerical simulations of fusion energy experiments.  He has published or presented over 35 papers on magnetohydrodynamic modeling. Mr. Izzo received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in mechanical engineering and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in applied physics from Columbia University.  He also received a Master of Business Administration degree, with a concentration in finance from the Rutgers Graduate School of Management. He is listed in numerous editions of Who’s Who and has been the recipient of national fellowships and awards.  Mr. Izzo has received Honorary Degrees from the New Jersey Institute of Technology (Doctor of Science), Thomas A. Edison State College (Doctor of Humane Letters), Bloomfield College (Doctor of Humane Letters), Rutgers University (Doctor of Humane Letters), and Raritan Valley Community College (Associate of Science). 

Mr. Izzo serves as nominating committee chairman of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, and is on the board of directors for The Williams Companies, the New Jersey Utilities Association, the Edison Electric Institute 

(EEI), the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), and The Center for Energy Workforce Development.  He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Peddie School, Columbia University School of Engineering Board of Visitors and the Princeton University Adlinger Center for Energy and the Environment Advisory Council, as well as a member of the Visiting Committee for the Department of Nuclear Engineering at MIT.  Mr. Izzo is a former Chair of the Rutgers University Board of Governors and the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.

David Hutchens
President and Chief Executive Officer
TEP and its parent company, UNS Energy Corporation

Mr. Hutchens is President and CEO of TEP and its parent company, UNS Energy Corporation. He served as a nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy and worked as an engineer before joining TEP in July 1995. He advanced to various management positions and became a Vice President in January 2007 before being named President in December 2011 and Chief Operating Officer in August 2013. He assumed his current role as the company’s top executive in May 2014.

Mr. Hutchens graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering and an MBA with an emphasis in finance.

Terry Bassham
Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer
Great Plains Energy, KCP&L

Terry Bassham is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Great Plains Energy and Kansas City Power and Light.  As chairman, he is the only management representative on the board.

Terry Bassham was appointed president and chief executive officer of Great Plains Energy and KCP&L, effective June 2012. Prior to being named to his current position, Mr. Bassham served as president and chief operating officer, where he focused on achieving Tier 1 performance in safety, operations and customer service.

Mr. Bassham served originally as KCP&L's executive vice president of finance & strategic development and chief financial officer and more recently as executive vice president - utility operations. He was instrumental in leading KCP&L through its comprehensive energy plan, an ambitious initiative that included building 100 megawatts of wind power, installing environmental retrofits at several generating facilities and constructing Iatan 2, an 850-megawatt coal-fired power plant. Mr. Bassham also helped transform KCP&L’s business through the sale of Strategic Energy and the acquisition of Aquila, which doubled the company's workforce and significantly increased its service territory.

Before joining KCP&L in March 2005, Mr. Bassham was executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer for El Paso Electric Company (EPE) in Texas, where he oversaw the financial, treasury, and regulatory and administrative functions. He joined EPE in 1996 as general counsel with responsibility for legislative affairs, regulatory affairs and corporate governance.

Active in the Kansas City area community, Mr. Bassham serves on several boards, including the Guadalupe Centers Inc., the Kansas City Symphony, United Way of Greater Kansas City, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, Linda Hall Library and win/win, a Central Exchange initiative.

Mr. Bassham holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Texas-Arlington and a Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary’s University Law School in San Antonio, Texas.

Confirmed Speakers

Donna Attanasio
Senior Advisor for Energy Law Programs
The George Washington University Law School

Donna Attanasio joined The George Washington University Law School in July 2013 as Senior Advisor for Energy Law Programs, where she leads the Law School’s Sustainable Energy Initiative.  Ms. Attanasio has worked in the electric energy sector for over 30 years, including over 24 years as a lawyer in private practice.  She is a former President of the Energy Bar Association (EBA) and chaired the EBA’s Ad Hoc Committee on Energy Law Education. She has been widely recognized as a leading practitioner in the field of electric energy regulatory law, including as the recipient of Euromoney LMG Americas Women in Business Law Award for Energy, Natural Resources and Mining (2013).  Ms. Attanasio received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and an A.B. in Economics from Smith College.

Penni McLean-Connor

Chief Customer Officer & Senior Vice President
Customer Group Eversource
President and CEO

Utility executive with over 25 years of experience in field operations, customer service and energy efficiency. My current role as Senior VP and Chief Customer Officer for Northeast Utilities involves both leading the meter to cash team and processes and leading the energy efficiency programs for Northeast Utilities.

The meter to cash team of over 1200 provides customer service to Northeast Utilities' customers in Connecticutt, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. This team provides call center, billing, credit and collections, and business account management to 3.5 million electric and gas customers.

Northeast Utilities provides nationally leading energy efficiency programs to our customers in CT, MA and NH. These programs offer energy savings ideas and solutions to all customer segements. The programs invest over $400M in energy efficiency annually. 

She is an author of two books targeted to utility professionals. The first, published in 2005 is "Customer Service: Utility Style". this is a primer outlining strategies to provide excellent customer service. My most recent book, "Energy Efficiency: Principles and Practices" was published in January 2009 and provides tools and strategies to offer energy efficiency programs.

Specialties: Frequent speaker at conferences and forums talking about sustainable energy strategies and customer service.

Tom Flaherty
Senior Partner
PwC Strategy&

Tom Flaherty is a Senior Partner in the Dallas office of the Power & Utilities practice of PwC Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company). He is part of a global team of practical strategists committed to helping companies seize essential advantage.

Joseph Forline
Vice President
Public Service Electric and Gas Company

Joseph A. Forline was named vice president – customer solutions of Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) in June of 2012. Prior, he was elected as vice president - customer operations in December of 2006. He is responsible for the Energy Services, including Solar Energy, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy Programs, PSE&G WorryFree Service Programs, and the Appliance Service Business.

Joseph has worked for PSE&G for 30 years and has a broad background in electric and gas operations, customer operations, and beyond the meter services. His areas of expertise include Customer Satisfaction, Business Process Improvement and Best Practice Implementation.

Mr. Forline serves as a member of the AGA/EEI Customer Service Committee (American Gas Association/Edison Electric Institute), the executive advisory committee for Customer Service Week, and the EEI Retail Energy Services Executive Committee.

Mr. Forline also leads the Renewable Energy Programs for PSE&G, which for Solar is ranked nationally by the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) as the #5 Utility for installed Solar. PSE&G has also received national attention for its innovative Pole Top Solar, Solar 4 All, and Solar Loan Programs. In 2013, Forline was elected to the Board of Directors of SEPA.

Joseph is a long-time volunteer in New Jersey serving on Boards for the March of Dimes, the United Way, and Cooper Hospital in Camden. He also supports economic development with leadership roles at the South Jersey Chamber of Commerce, the Coopers Ferry Development Corporation, and the Rutgers-Camden School of Business.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering and an MBA from Rutgers University. He is also a graduate of the University of Michigan Executive Development Program. He earned his Certified Energy Manager credential from the American Association of Energy Engineers in 2010.  

Margarett Jolly
Director R&D
Consolidated Edison Company of New York

Margarett is Director of R&D driving innovative technology solutions for the strategic and operational needs of Con Edison Company of New York and the Orange and Rockland Utilities. She has been with Con Edison since 1997, most recently as the Distributed Generation (DG) Ombudswoman. Her previous career at Con Edison included power plant control room/instrumentation and control systems and boiler operations, regulatory and energy markets policy, and electric distribution engineering.

She graduated from New York City Technical College in 1993 and from the Cooper Union in 1997 with a BE in Mechanical Engineering, she is a licensed Professional Engineer in New York State since 2004. She speaks regularly about the changing role of the electric grid.

Michael Liebreich
Founder & Advisory Board Chairman
Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Michael Liebreich is the Founder and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the world’s leading provider of research for senior decision-makers in clean energy, carbon and power markets, advanced transportation, energy technology and natural gas. Since August 2012 Michael has also served as a Board Member of Transport for London, the capital’s transport authority.

Michael founded New Energy Finance in 2004 and acted as Chairman and Chief Executive before selling it to Bloomberg LP in 2009. Bloomberg New Energy Finance is headquartered in London and now has over 200 staff working out of 13 offices around the world.

He serves on the high-level Advisory Group for the UN Secretary General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative and is Founder and Chairman of Finance for Resilience (FiRe)EcoVillages and the Liebreich Foundation. He chairs the selection committee for the Bloomberg New Energy Pioneers, which are announced each year at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit, and is a Visiting Professor at the Imperial College Energy Futures Lab.

Michael has in the past served on the advisory board of the Clinton Global Initiative‘s Energy and Climate Change working group and on the selection panels for the Zayed Future Energy Prize and the  the World Economic Forum Technology Pioneers. He was a long-time member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils for Sustainable Energy and the New Energy Architecture, among other things helping launch the initiative which led to the current WTO Environmental Goods Agreement negotiations. Michael was a founding Board Member of the Middle East Clean Energy Business Council, a member of the Accenture Energy Board and a member of the advisory panel for the INSEAD Energy Club.

Michael is a prolific technology angel investor, and acts as Chairman of technology startup Pearlshare. He is also Chairman of St. Mark’s Hospital Foundation, a charity supporting research and teaching in colorectal medicine at St Mark’s Hospital, part of London North West Healthcare NHS. He is a three-time finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, and in June 2015 was presented with the Renewable Energy Association’s Judges Award for his outstanding contribution to the development of renewable energy. Michael is also a member of the Advisory Council of Business for Britain

Prior to founding New Energy Finance, Michael was an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and media executive. In the 1990s he acted as Deputy Managing Director of Associated Press Television

 and Founding Director of Sports News Television, then as UK Managing Director of Groupe Arnault’s technology investment activities. He also spent five years in the London office of McKinsey & Company.

Michael graduated in Engineering from the University of Cambridge with first class honors, winning the Ricardo Prize for Thermodynamics and the Christ’s College Wyatt Prize. He earned his MBA from Harvard, where he was a Harkness Fellow and Baker Scholar. He was a member of the British Ski Team from 1986 to 1993, competing in two World Championships and the 1992 Albertville Olympic Games.

Dennis Mathew

Vice President
Xfinity Home Product Comcast

Dennis is the head of Product for the Xfinity Home Business Unit. In this role Dennis owns driving the product strategy and roadmap for Xfinity Home as well as the deployment of new products and features. Dennis played a key leadership role in launching this new business at Comcast working with all of the various cross functional teams and the field. Dennis is known for his ability to develop strategic direction, establish go to market strategies, work collaboratively across teams and drive complex change in complex environments. He is also known for his strong technical acumen and product management abilities.

Dennis has been recognized by both the Philadelphia Business Journal and Multi Channel News as a "Top 40 Under 40" executive. Prior to his role with Xfinity Home Dennis led the launch of key initiatives for the Xfinity Internet business unit including Docsis 3.0 and new wireless gateways. Dennis first joined Comcast in the Internal Audit department where he established a new organization which transformed the internal and external information security posture of Comcast and ensured compliance with key regulations. Prior to joining Comcast Dennis was at PwC and Arthur Andersen where he worked on a variety of technology advisory engagements across various industries.

Additionally, Dennis is very active in serving the community and driving social justice initiatives.

Dennis serves as a Deacon at Seven Mile Road Church where he manages finance and operations. He also serves as an Advisory Board Member for Bombay Teen Challenge where he is helping to drive an initiative called Set Beautiful Free. To date SBF has raised over $700k to rescue and restore women and children who are the victims of sex trafficking in Bombay.


Zach McGuire

MasTec Advanced Technologies 

Zach McGuire joined MasTec, Inc. – a leading infrastructure construction company operating mainly throughout North America in the utility, communications and government industries – in 2007 as President of MasTec Advanced Technologies, the company's Installation / Fulfillment division.  As President, he leads one of the largest DIRECTV installation and service companies in the U.S., serving more than 200,000 customers each month in single-family homes and local businesses.  MasTec AT also is the largest Security Services fulfillment company in the US, working for Both AT&T Digital Life and Life Shield.

Zach began his career in the Telecommunications industry with TCI in 1992 as a cable TV installer while finishing his last two years of college. His work as an installer was part of a Manager Trainee Program that TCI established to develop future cable system operators. He spent 10 years with TCI in increasingly responsible roles, taking part in the Digital Cable and High Speed Internet roll-outs.  When he left TCI he was the Director of High Speed Data Operations responsible for Market Operations. In 2001 he joined Viasource Communications as Vice President of Operations in charge of the DIRECTV business. Viasource was purchased by 180 Connect shortly thereafter and changed the name of the DIRECTV operating arm to Ironwood Communications. In 2003 he was named President of Ironwood.

Zach is a graduate of Metropolitan State College of Denver, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He is also an active member of Vistage, formally Tech International, a leading global executive peer advisory organization.  Zach also sits on the board of the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association (SBCA).

Suzanne Shelton
President and CEO
Shelton Group

President and CEO Suzanne is the voice and the vision of Shelton Group. Drawing on her extensive experience in energy and the environment – plus her 25 years in the marketing and advertising industry – Suzanne provides high-level strategic insights for our clients and speaks to audiences around the country about pressing issues related to marketing energy efficiency and sustainability. Suzanne founded Shelton Group as a one-woman copywriting agency in 1991 and turned it into a nationally recognized marketing communications firm, electing in 2001 to focus exclusively on energy, energy efficiency and sustainability.

In addition to maintaining her busy speaking and consulting schedule, Suzanne has served as a guest columnist for publications such as Fast Company, Green Builder and Her insights about the consumer mindset on sustainability, the future of utilities and the changing energy landscape have been quoted in Forbes, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post and other top media outlets.

Geoff Sharples

Director IoT, Energy and Industrial

At Intel Geoff helps energy and industrial companies develop solutions to business challenges by applying “Internet of Things” technologies in their operations.  Throughout his career, Geoff has combined technical, operational and business understanding to bring new technologies to market. 

He has worked for a US and a European utility, internet and enterprise software companies, as well as wind and solar companies including such companies at Google, EDF and PSE&G. Roles have included finance, engineering, supply chain and sales.

Geoff holds an MBA from Cornell University and degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Rudolph Wynter
President - Federally Regulated Businesses
National Grid 

Rudolph Wynter is President of Federally Regulated Businesses at National Grid.  He has P&L responsibility for electric transmission, electric generation, liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage in Providence RI and gas transmission pipeline investments.  Mr. Wynter represents the Company on the Board of Millennium Pipeline Corporation.  Prior to taking this role he was SVP of US Shared Services.

Mr. Wynter has over 25 years of experience in the utility sector. He has held various positions of responsibility in Customer Operations, Strategic Planning, Engineering and Operations.  He is a member of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and The American Gas Association (AGA).

Mr. Wynter is very active in the community, as a member of the Board of Directors for the United Way of New York City and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.  He is also on the Board of the American Association of Blacks in Energy.

Mr. Wynter earned his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Pratt Institute, an MBA from Fordham University and has completed executive development at Harvard University.

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:NGG) is an electricity and gas company that connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. The company is at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society - to create new, sustainable energy solutions for the future and developing an energy system that underpins economic prosperity in the 21st century. National Grid holds a vital position at the center of the energy system and it 'joins everything up'.

In the northeast US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles. In Great Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country.  National Grid delivers electricity to more than 3 million customers in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. It owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation, providing power to over one million Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) customers. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in northeastern U.S., serving more than 3 million customers in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Stephen Vincent
Executive Director, Strategy & Development
AT&T Digital Life 

For the last 3 years, as Executive Director for Development at AT&T Digital Life, Stephen Vincent has been responsible for Strategy, Product and Business Development. This combination has given his organization the ability to quickly identify emerging strategic products and services, develop a robust partner ecosystem, define the go-to-market plans and oversee their execution. The team has been instrumental in growing AT&T’s presence in this rapidly changing market space.

Prior  Stephen joining AT&T with this current role Stephen had over 15 years of experience driving innovation and product development in the Connected Home, Telco Operators and Equipment Vendors space. Prior to AT&T, he was a General Manager at Technicolor, overseeing their IP Access business and strategy in North America, and Head of Telco Product Management at Thomson Inc., leading the gateway and cloud services.

Stephen holds a Master of Engineering degree from the University of York in the UK. He was awarded one patent on Connected Home technology, with one pending.

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