By unanimous vote of its board, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) named Tom Kiernan its new CEO. Kiernan has served as president of the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) since 1998.
On May 28, he will officially take the helm at AWEA, the national trade association representing American wind power interests and over 1,200 companies across the U.S. and around the world.
The announcement was made by the chair of AWEA's board of directors, Tom Carnahan. "Bringing Tom Kiernan aboard as CEO represents a huge win for AWEA and another step forward in our efforts to elevate wind energy's role as a critical national resource," said Carnahan.
"Tom brings the right combination of bipartisan, practical experience at the national and state levels as well as in small, rural communities where wind energy is most often developed. His respected management style and significant executive abilities, combined with his skills as a communicator, will ensure that AWEA's voice and potential are leveraged not only in Washington but, even more importantly, in the communities in which our members operate," Carnahan said.
During Kiernan's tenure, NPCA increased its members and supporters from 300,000 to over 800,000, its field program from 7 to 23 offices, and its net assets from under $5 million to over $60 million.