Energy Executive Moves: AEE, Navigant, The Green Grid, Hess, South Jersey Energy Solutions

Here’s the latest personnel news among energy management leaders.

Steve Chadima (pictured) has joined Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) as senior vice president of communications and director of California initiatives. Chadima previously served as vice president of external affairs for Suntech Power Holdings, where he led public policy, investor relations and corporate communications in the United States.

Navigant’s Kevin Cooney has been named as a co‐chair of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative’s (EESCC) work group on evaluation, measurement, and verification. He will serve as co‐chair along with William Miller, program manager and senior advisor at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Mark Schiller has been named executive director of The Green Grid. Schiller brings over 30 years of experience in the IT industry and a decade of trade association and standards leadership experience. In his new role, Schiller will coordinate global activities and champion The Green Grid’s mission to advance energy efficiency in data centers and the broader business-computing ecosystem. Schiller succeeds Mark Monroe who served as executive director from January 2011 through August 2012.

Hess Corporation appointed Drew Maloney as vice president, government affairs and public policy. Maloney will lead the company’s international, federal and state relations and be based in Washington, D.C. He was previously CEO of Ogilvy Government Relations.

The Australian Government’s new Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has named the former Macquarie Group banker Oliver Yates as its inaugural chief executive. CEFC has been armed with $10 billion to help mobilize private capital and overcome capital market barriers that hinder the financing and deployment of renewable energy. Yates had a 20-year career at Macquarie Group, where he was involved in leading the Bank’s initiatives in wind, solar, biofuels, carbon credits and other renewable businesses. Yates will be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the CEFC and, in cooperation with the Board, for the employment of other senior executives. The CEFC will begin investing July 1, 2013.

South Jersey Energy Solutions’ non-regulated businesses made several personnel announcements, effective January 1, 2013, including:

  • David Robbins, Jr. was appointed senior vice president and chief operating officer, retail.
  • Stephen Poniatowicz was appointed senior vice president and chief operating officer, Marina Energy, an SJES subsidiary specializing in onsite energy production.
  • Gregory Nuzzo was appointed senior vice president, South Jersey Resources Group, an SJES subsidiary specializing in wholesale commodity marketing and asset management services.
  • Kenneth Lynch was appointed chief accounting officer and treasurer.
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