Energy Executive Moves: LBNL’s Rosenfeld; AWEA’s Bode; Canadian Solar; Itron

President Obama named Art Rosenfeld (pictured), of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as a recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors. Rosenfeld will receive his award at a White House ceremony in early 2013.

Rosenfeld, Professor of Physics Emeritus at UC Berkeley, was the last graduate student of Nobelist Enrico Fermi. In 1974, in response to the OPEC oil embargo, Rosenfeld switched to the new field of efficient use of energy, and founded the LBNL Center for Building Science, which he led until 1994. He is currently Guest Senior Scientist, in the EETD Division at LBNL.

Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, is resigning effective January 1, to return to private practice as a tax attorney. Bode is working with the trade association’s board to appoint a search committee to recruit a new leader for the organization. In the meantime, Senior Vice President for Public Policy Rob Gramlich has agreed to serve as interim CEO through the transition period. Gramlich, an electric industry expert, has been at the center of AWEA’s external relationships and internal strategic planning for over seven years. Bode ends her four-year tenure at AWEA with uncertainty as to whether the Production Tax Credit will be extended.

Guangchun Zhang joins Canadian Solar as chief operating officer. Reporting directly to Canadian Solar Chairman and CEO Shawn Qu, Zhang will oversee all aspects of the company’s production operations, including manufacturing, quality control, research and development, as well as environmental and safety management. Zhang has over 18 years of experience in the photovoltaic industry, most recently as vice president for R&D and Industrialization of Manufacturing Technology for Suntech Power Holdings.

Smart meter technology developer Itron has appointed Philip Mezey as its new president and CEO, succeeding LeRoy Nosbaum. Selected by Itron’s board of directors, Mezey will assume his new role Jan. 1, 2013. Mezey became president and chief operating officer for Itron’s global Energy segment in March 2011, with responsibility for the operations of Itron’s electricity and gas businesses around the world. Mezey also announced that John Holleran will become Itron’s executive vice president and chief operating officer to lead the global Energy and Water segments, and Holleran will serve as interim president of Itron’s global Energy segment.

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