Galvin Initiative changes leadership

Chicago, August 10, 2011 — In the wake of the launch of its Perfect Power Seal of Approval program, the Galvin Electricity Initiative is implementing plans to reallocate leadership responsibilities within the organization.

Effective immediately, John Kelly will assume the leadership role of executive director, succeeding Kurt Yeager. Yeager will continue to serve the initiative in an advisory role as vice chairman, working to realize initiative founder Bob Galvin's vision for a consumer-focused power system transformation based on quality principles.

Galvin's son Michael, co-founder of Harrison Street Real Estate Capital, will also join the leadership team in the role of vice chairman.

"As we begin the seventh year of the landmark Galvin Electricity Initiative, I am delighted to announce that John has accepted Bob Galvin's and my invitation to succeed me as the new Executive Director of the Initiative," Yeager explained. "When Bob and I began the Initiative, we aimed to establish an enduring capability to transform the quality of U.S. electricity service. We have the utmost confidence in John's proven leadership skills to drive transformation that dramatically improves power performance across the country. Moving forward, I offer John my full strategic counsel and advocacy support."

Since the initiative's founding and before as head of the Electric Power Research Institute, Yeager has worked with electricity experts, innovators and entrepreneurs to design and demonstrate reliable, efficient, intelligent electric power systems to meet the needs of 21st century customers.

As deputy director of the initiative, Kelly led broad research efforts in identifying best practices in design and development of new smart microgrid.

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