To commemorate POWER-GEN International’s 25th anniversary, Power Engineering will be recognizing the power generation industry’s 25 most influential people over the last 25 years. The countdown began Oct. 7. The top 25 most influential figures will be unveiled daily, one person at a time, leading up to the week of POWER-GEN 2013. The industry’s most influential person will be named Nov. 12 during the keynote session in Orlando, Fla. The 25 most influential people were nominated and selected based on a poll of industry professionals.
#4 Thomas Fanning, CEO, Southern Company
Thomas A. “Tom” Fanning is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Southern Company, one of America’s largest producers of electricity. Elected by the board of directors in July 2010, Fanning became president of Southern Company in August 2010 and assumed the additional responsibilities of CEO and chairman in December 2010. As an advocate for Southern Company's 4.4 million customers, Fanning has called for a comprehensive, common sense national energy policy that helps achieve North American energy security.
Fanning has worked for Southern Company for more than 30 years and has held 15 different positions in eight different business units, including numerous officer positions with a variety of Southern Company subsidiaries in the areas of finance, strategy, international business development and technology.
Prior to this, Fanning was president and CEO of Gulf Power. While there, Fanning was active in the state arena. He worked closely with Governor Jeb Bush to develop state government policy, served on the Governor’s Transition Policy Team and in 2003 was appointed by Governor Bush to co-chair the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Advisory Committee.
Fanning earned bachelors and master’s degrees in industrial management and was also awarded an honorary doctor of philosophy degree from Georgia Tech. His executive education includes programs at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Harvard University School of Business and the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
#5 Michael Suess, CEO, Siemens Energy
Dr. Michael Suess serves as the CEO of The Energy Sector and Member of Group Executive Management at Siemens Energy Inc. Dr. Michael Suess was appointed Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and Chief Executive Officer of the Siemens Energy Sector in April 2011. With posted revenues of EUR 27.5 billion in 2012, the energy sector is a world’s leading supplier of power technologies along the entire energy conversion chain.
He previously served as Chief Executive Officer of the Fossil Power Generation Division of the Energy Sector from 2008 to 2011 and was a member of the Group Executive Management of the Siemens AG Power Generation Group from October 2006 to December 2007. Before joining Siemens, Suess worked in the aero engine and automotive industries, holding various management positions at BMW, Porsche and MTU.
He graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Munich and completed his doctorate at the Institute for Industrial Science/Ergonomics at the University of Kassel (Dr. rer. pol.) in 1994.
#6 Randy Zwirn, President and CEO, Siemens
Randy H. Zwirn is CEO, Energy Service Division of Siemens AG, Energy Sector, a position he assumed in January 2008. He also serves as President and CEO of Siemens Energy, Inc., with regional responsibility for the overall Energy Sector in the Americas.
Prior to his most recent position, Zwirn was a member of the Group Executive Management of the Siemens Power Generation Group, a position he held
Prior to 1998, Zwirn served as President of the Power Generation business of Westinghouse Electric Corporation, a position he was appointed to in January 1996. Siemens acquired the Westinghouse Power Generation business in 1998.
Zwirn joined Westinghouse Electric in 1976 and has spent most of his career in positions of increasing responsibility within the Power Generation and Energy businesses.
Zwirn recently joined the Board of Directors of SunEdison, Inc., a NYSE listed company. He previously served on the US Export Import Bank Advisory Board, Georgia Tech Advisory Board, Governor’s Council of the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, Board of Directors of AREVA, USA and The University of Central Florida Foundation.
Zwirn holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Brooklyn College.
#7 David M. Ratcliffe, Retired Chairman, President and CEO, Southern Company
David M. Ratcliffe, retired Chairman, President, and CEO, joined the company as a biologist with Georgia Power in 1971.Ratcliffe provided more than 39 years of service and understands the electric utility business, the regulatory structure, and other industry-specific matters that affect Southern Company. He is a Director of CSX Corporation where he serves on the Executive, and Operations and Public Affairs Committees and as Chair of the Finance Committee. He is a also a Director of SunTrust Banks, Inc. where he serves on the Compensation Committee and the Risk Committee.
From 2004 to 2010 he was the chairman, president and CEO of Southern Company. From 1999 to 2004 he was president and CEO of Georgia Power, Southern Company’s largest subsidiary. He also served as president and CEO of Mississippi Power. Ratcliffe has held executive and management positions in the areas of finance, external affairs, fuel services, operations and planning, and research and environmental affairs.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Valdosta State University in 1970, a law degree from Woodrow Wilson College of Law in 1975 and is a member of the Georgia Bar.
#8 David Crane, President and CEO, NRG Energy
David Crane has been the president and Chief Executive Officer of NRG Energy since December 2003. Under his leadership, NRG has become a Fortune 500 company with enough generating capacity to power nearly 40 million homes, benefiting about 2.2 million retail customers.
Crane established NRG’s strategy to enhance the Company’s core generation, expand retail businesses both geographically and through new offerings, and grow new green businesses. In 2012, NRG raised the bar to a new level in the competitive energy landscape by combining with GenOn Energy, nearly doubling generating capacity to about 47,000 MW and growing the Company to about 8,000 employees.
In addition to building the company’s financial strength, Crane is a leading voice on climate change and the power sector’s role in reducing greenhouse gases from the next wave of new power generation. He has been outspoken on the need to support cleaner energy resources and technologies critical to our transition to a low carbon-emitting society.
Prior to joining NRG, Crane was Chief Executive Officer of International Power PLC, a UK-based wholesale power generation company. He also worked for Lehman Brothers and ABB Energy Ventures, where he was responsible for developing and financing independent power generation plants and transmission facilities in the Asia-Pacific region.
Crane holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School.
#9 Jim Adam, former Chairman and CEO, Black & Veatch
Jim Adam retired in 2005 as Chairman and CEO emeritus of Black & Veatch, headquartered in Overland Park, KS, after a 43-year career. He led the company as Chairman and CEO from 1994 to 1998. He continued as Chairman until 2000.
At the time, Adam was responsible for managing the engineering and construction firm’s 4,900 employees and 45 offices worldwide. Adam steered Black & Veatch to a doubling in revenue to almost $2 billion, establishing it as an engineering giant with global ambitions and a presence in many of the world’s countries. Today Black & Veatch handles projects in telecommunications as well as power and other utility plants, petrochemical facilities, airports and other design/construction efforts.
Adam spent three years as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and returned to Black & Veatch in 1959 as a Mechanical Engineer and was subsequently promoted to Project Manager of major power projects. He was named a general partner in 1975 and became Executive Partner and Head of the Power Division in 1979. He was responsible for all of the firm’s power station and transmission and distribution design and construction management.
In 1995, Adam was chairman of the Joint UNIPEDE/World Energy Council Committee on Performance of Thermal Generating Plants and was vice chairman of the United States Energy Association.
Adam graduated from the KU School of Engineering with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1956.
#10 Jim Dehlsen, Founder/CEO, Clipper Wind Turbines
Jim Dehlsen is recognized as a pioneer and world leader in wind power and renewable energy. He co-founded Clipper Windpower Inc., where he serves as executive chairman. Clipper developed the breakthrough 2.5 MW Liberty wind turbine and is currently advancing the development of a 10 MW offshore turbine project that he initiated in 2007.
In 1980, Dehlsen founded Zond Corporation and served as Chief Executive Officer and as Executive Chairman of the Board until its acquisition by Enron Corporation in 2000. Zond pioneered wind power technology developing three generations of wind turbines, growing rapidly to become one of the largest global companies in wind turbine manufacturing, wind power project development, and plant operation. In 2002 following Enron’s demise, General Electric purchased the wind energy business and technology for its entry into the wind industry.
Recognition of his work includes the Lifetime Achievement Award conferred by the American Wind Energy Association and the Danish Medal of Honor conferred by his Royal Highness, Prince Henrik of Denmark. Jim has served as an advisor to the Department of Energy’s Wind Program and has testified at U.S. House and Senate hearings on renewable energy related issues.
#11 Tom Cameron, Senior Vice President, Engineering and Project Management, Summit Energy
Tom Cameron is senior vice president, Engineering and Project Management of Summit and a principal and founder of Power Development Associates, LLC and managing director of Cameron & Associates, a project management and engineering firm.
His responsibilities included project management, cost and schedule control, technical and commercial contract negotiations, selection and coordination of vendors, engineering firms, and erection contractors, supervision of engineering and site staff, preparation of bid specifications, coordination of construction management, startup coordination and customer interfaces. Cameron has successfully managed the development of multiple gas, solar and wind projects for Summit and other entities.
Cameron has 20 years of experience in the power industry and has held positions in a variety of disciplines. Cameron was Project Director for Blythe Energy, LLC, a 520 MW combined cycle facility (Summit project) using the Siemens technology; he is currently Project Director for the Lake Side Project, a 543 MW combined cycle facility (Summit project) using Siemens technology, Summit Westward Project, a 520 MW combined cycle facility (Summit project) using Siemens technology and the Cliffs Project, a 300 MW combined cycle facility (Summit project) using the Siemens technology. Prior to this, Cameron held assignments as Project Manager, in charge of design, procurement, equipment manufacturing, construction, and commissioning, of several large gas turbine power projects, including the 340 MW simple cycle and the 520 MW combined cycle Bridgeport Energy Project (a Summit project), using the Siemens technology.
#12 Ernie Moniz, Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy
As United States Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz is tasked with implementing critical Department of Energy missions in support of President Obama’s goals of growing the economy, enhancing security and protecting the environment. This encompasses advancing the President’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, maintaining the nuclear deterrent and reducing the nuclear danger, promoting American leadership in science and clean energy technology innovation, cleaning up the legacy of the cold war, and strengthening management and performance.
From 1997 until January 2001, Moniz served as Under Secretary of the Department of Energy. He was responsible for overseeing the Department’s science and energy programs, leading a comprehensive review of nuclear weapons stockpile stewardship, and serving as the Secretary’s special negotiator for the disposition of Russian nuclear materials. From 1995 to 1997, he served as Associate Director for Science in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President.
In addition to his work at MIT, the White House, and the Department of Energy, Moniz has served on a number of boards of directors and commissions involving science, energy and security.
Moniz received a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude in Physics from Boston College, a Doctorate in Theoretical Physics from Stanford University, and honorary degrees from the University of Athens, the University of Erlangen-Nurenberg and Michigan State University.
#13 John Browne, former CEO, BP
John Browne is best known for his role as the CEO of BP between 1995 and 2007. This period has been described as the company's golden period of expansion and diversification. Browne engineered a merger with rival Amoco, and gained access to Russian oil reserves with the creation of TNK-BP. He also received praise for increasing BP's interest in renewable energy sources.
From 1997, Browne sought to rebrand BP as a green energy company. The company linked itself in its corporate communications with green issues. Brown stated that the right to self-determination was crucial for people everywhere, and that he saw his company's mission as to find ways to meet current needs without excessive harm to the environment, while developing future, more sustainable sources of energy.
Browne was educated at the King's School, Ely, and St John's College, Cambridge, where he earned a First Class Bachelor's degree in Physics. In addition to his degree in Physics from Cambridge University, he holds an MS in Business from Stanford University, California.
#14 Herb Kohler, Owner/Founder, Kohler
Herb Kohler Jr. is the third-generation head of one of the oldest and largest privately held companies in the U.S., which his grandfather started in 1873 by buying an iron and steel foundry. His father took over in 1941, growing the business–which then specialized only in plumbing fixtures, engines and generators–to a book value of $300 million. In 1972, Kohler, Jr. became chairman and CEO and added upscale furniture, tile and a hospitality component of four golf courses and two resort destinations.
Kohler is responsible for widening the company’s scope of production, today making electric generators for standby power systems, yachts, motor homes, lawn and garden tractors, snowmobiles, and industrial and farm equipment. More than half of the Company’s 30,000 associates live and work beyond the borders of the United States, yet the Company continues to grow as one of the oldest and largest privately held companies in the United States.
Ever since the introduction of the Kohler Automatic Power & Light, the world's first engine-driven automatic generator in 1920, Kohler has provided power to homes, factories, recreational vehicles, boats and countless other applications throughout the United States and around the world with a passion for delivering clean, reliable power whenever and wherever it's needed.
Kohler was educated at The Choate School (now Choate Rosemary Hall), of which he was Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 2005 to 2010. He graduated in 1965 from Yale University with a degree in Industrial Administration.
#15 Bob McFetridge, Westinghouse Electric Corp.
Bob McFetridge is a consulting engineer in the Westinghouse Engineering, Equipment & Major Projects Organization. McFetridge has more than 44 years of Westinghouse experience in the areas of design, fabrication, construction, testing, and operation of nuclear power plants. He is recognized as an authority relative to plant performance parameters and the allocation of plant/analytical margins to optimize plant performance. McFetridge has served in the role of manager or technical advisor for all Westinghouse nuclear plant uprating and performance optimization programs since 1980. His uprating and performance optimization experience includes feasibility studies and implementation programs for more than 50 plants. The worldwide Westinghouse nuclear fleet plant owners have achieved over 3800 MWe of additional electrical generation from their existing units with a 100 percent regulatory authority approval rate.
He is also responsible for the development of new programs with utilities to enhance plant performance by increasing electrical generation and or reducing costs.
McFetridge holds BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. He is also a member of the ANS Nuclear Facilities Standards Committee and a Professional Engineer.
#16: Larry Monroe, Senior Research Consultant, Southern Company
Dr. Larry Monroe was the senior research consultant and manager, Engineering Science and Technology at Southern Company. Dr. Monroe supervised a team that developed new pollution control technologies, evaluated new processes, and solved problems for existing controls for Southern Company’s fossil-fired generation. He has been involved in research on pollution control for coal-based power plants for more than 25 years in university, not-for-profit research institute, and corporate settings.
At Southern Company, his roles were to support their technology research organization as a senior research consultant and to support their gasification and carbon capture research station as the manager of Engineering Science and Technology. With those efforts, he was deeply involved with the development and demonstration of advanced ways of using coal to generate electricity.
Before joining Southern Company, Dr. Monroe managed the Combustion Research Facility for Southern Research Institute. This facility is a 1/1000 scale pilot coal furnace, and is owned by Southern Company.
He is currently the general manager, Environmental Affairs at Georgia Power Company.
Dr. Monroe holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University and a Ph.D., also in Chemical Engineering, from MIT.
#17: Carl Bauer, former Director, DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory
Carl Bauer was appointed NETL Director in August 2005 after serving as NETL Deputy Director, director of NETL's Office of Coal and Environmental Systems, and director of NETL’s Office of Product Management for Environmental Management.
In 2007, Bauer received the prestigious Laboratory Director of the Year award from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer and was the sole recipient of the Washington Coal Club’s Annual Achievement Award for significant leadership and contributions in the energy arena. He has served in other capacities at NETL, including director of the Office and Coal and Environmental Systems and as director of the Office of Product Management for Environmental Management. Bauer has also held a number of positions at DOE headquarters including: director of the Division of Work for Other Agencies; director of the Idaho and Chicago Environmental Restoration Operations Division; acting director of the Environmental Management Office of Acquisition Management; and director of the Office of Technology Systems.
Prior to joining the Department of Energy team, Bauer served as director of Engineering Support and Logistics, Naval Sea Systems Command, Department of Defense; vice president and general manager of Technology Application Inc.; and vice president, Ship Systems and Logistics Group, Atlantic Research Corporation. Bauer earned a Master of Science in nuclear power engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy’s Naval Nuclear Power Postgraduate Program in 1972 and a Bachelor of Science in marine engineering/oceanography in 1971. He has completed postgraduate courses at the Wharton School of Business and George Washington University, and executive management training at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
#18: Nancy Floyd, Founder and Managing Director, Nth Power
Nancy Floyd is the founder and managing director of Nth Power, a venture capital firm focused on advanced energy technologies, energy efficiency and sustainability. Launched in 1993, Nth Power now manages more than $420 million in funds. The company began investing in energy companies in 1997 and is recognized as a driving force behind many leading companies in renewable energy, energy efficiency and clean transportation.
Floyd has led investments in Silicon Energy (NASDAQ: ITRI), Smartsynch (NASDAQ: ITRI), Serveron (BPL Global), SpectraSensors, Propel Biofuels and Thetus. She advised the National Renewable Energy Lab, and served as Board member to the American Council on Renewable Energy, the Center for Resource Solutions, Sustainable Asset Management (Zurich), the Portland Family of Funds, and is an active member of Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2).
She joined the Board of WGL Holdings (NYSE: WGL) in 2011, and was a Commissioner of the Economic Development Commission in the State of Oregon from 2008-2010. From 1998-2008, she served as a Trustee at Franklin & Marshall College.
Prior to founding Nth Power, Floyd launched two high-growth energy and telecommunications companies: NFC Energy Corporation in 1982, an early wind development company, and PacTel Spectrum Services in 1985. She has also worked on energy and telecommunications issues for the chairman of the Vermont Public Service Board.
Floyd received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Franklin and Marshall College, where she has served as a trustee. She also holds a master’s degree in political science from Rutgers University, where she was an Eagleton Fellow.
#19: Kurt Yeager, former President and Chief Executive Officer, EPRI
Kurt E. Yeager served as the president and chief executive officer of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), retiring in 2004 after 30 years with the organization. Before joining EPRI, Yeager was director of Energy Research and Development Planning for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research. Prior to working for EPA he was the associate head of the environmental systems department at MITRE Corporation. Yeager joined the Galvin Electricity Initiative and as the Initiative's Vice Chairman.
Yeager served seven years, active duty in the U.S. Air Force and is a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Nuclear Research Officer’s Program. He received a bachelor’s degree from Kenyon College and completed post-graduate studies in chemistry and physics at Ohio State and the University of California, Davis. He has also completed post-graduate management programs at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Finance.
Yeager is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and its Industry Advisory Board, and a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development. He has served on the executive board of the National Coal Council and the boards of the U.S. Energy Association, and the National Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM) as well as several National Academy of Engineering committees and the Energy Research Advisory Board to the Secretary of Energy. He currently serves on the board of APX Corporation and is the vice chairman of Galvin Electricity Initiative where he continues to work with electricity experts, innovators and entrepreneurs to design and build Perfect Power System models of a smart, efficient electric power system that cannot fail the consumer. Yeager was named the 2003 Technology Policy Leader for Energy by Scientific American. He has authored more than 200 technical publications on energy and environmental topics. Yeager chairs the World Energy Council Study on energy and climate change.
#20: Peter Cartwright, former CEO, Calpine
Peter Cartwright cofounded Calpine Corporation in 1984 after a career in engineering that included building nuclear power plants worldwide for General Electric. Cartwright established Calpine as a firm that provided management services to independent power generation companies but went on to build Calpine into one of the largest independent power companies in the United States and the largest provider of environmentally cleaner green power.
Cartwright served in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps after receiving his master's degree in engineering from Columbia University. He joined General Electric in 1960 and worked for the company for the next 19 years, spending six of those years overseas.
In addition to his duties at Calpine, Cartwright served on the board of directors for Catalytica Energy Systems, Cheng Power Systems, the San Jose Symphony, and the California Chamber of Commerce. He graduated from Princeton University, BS, in 1952 and Columbia University, MS, in 1953.
#21: Richard Kelly, former CEO, Xcel Energy
Richard Kelly is retired chairman and chief executive officer of Xcel Energy Inc., utility supplier of electric power and natural gas service in eight Western and Midwestern states.
Kelly began his career with Public Service Company of Colorado in several finance-related positions. When the company merged with Southwestern Public Service Company to form New Century Energies, Kelly served as CFO, a position he worked in until the company merged with Xcel Energy. From August 2000 until his retirement in September 2011, he held various executive positions at Xcel Energy Inc., including president, chief operating officer, and chief financial officer. He has served on numerous boards of directors for industry and community organizations, and currently is chairman of the board of trustees at Regis University, chairman of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and chairman of the board of trustees of the Science Museum of Minnesota. He is a board member of the Capital City Partnership, the Electric Power Research Institute, the Nuclear Energy Institute and the Canadian Pacific Railway.
Kelly has been a director of PG&E Corporation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company since June 2013. He also is a director of Canadian Pacific Railway.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree and an MBA in accounting from Regis University.
#22: Lewis Hay III, Executive Chairman, NextEra Energy Inc.
Lewis Hay III is executive chairman of NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). He was appointed to his current role effective July 2012 and will serve until his retirement, which is planned for the end of 2013. As executive chairman, Hay serves as chairman of the board, to which he was appointed in January 2002.
Hay served as chief executive officer of NextEra Energy from June 2001 through June 2012. He joined the company as chief financial officer in August 1999. In March 2000 he was appointed president of NextEra Energy Resources. He is a director and former chairman of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the association of U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies, and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), which encompasses U.S. commercial nuclear operating organizations. Hay is also a director of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI).
Hay serves on the board of directors of Capital One Financial Corporation, Harris Corporation, and WellPoint, Inc. He is a member of the Business Board of Advisors at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, and a member of the Presidential Consultation Committee of Carnegie Mellon’s Energy Futures Institute. In 2011 and 2012 he served as a member of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh University in 1977 and a Master of Science degree in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University in 1982.
#23: Michael G. Morris, former CEO, AEP
Michael Morris retired as chief executive officer of AEP on Nov. 11, 2011. Morris joined AEP as chairman, president and chief executive officer on Jan. 1, 2004.
Prior to joining AEP, Morris was chairman, president and CEO of Northeast Utilities System from 1997 to 2003, where he led the company during its $1.3 billion sale of the Millstone Station nuclear plant in 2001, a $679 million merger with Yankee Energy System Inc., and the acquisition of Connecticut Valley Electric Co.
Before joining Northeast Utilities, Morris was president and CEO of Consumers Energy, principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, and president of CMS Marketing, Services and Trading. He was previously president of Colorado Interstate Gas Co. and executive vice president of marketing, transportation and gas supply for ANR Pipeline Co., subsidiaries of El Paso Energy. Morris was the founder and president of ANR Gathering Co., one of the first gas marketing companies in the U.S.
Morris is past chairman of the Edison Electric Institute and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations. He is chairman of the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation & Capitol South. He serves as a director of the boards of Alcoa, Battelle, Limited Brands, Inc., The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., and Spectra Energy Corporation. He is past chairman of the board of the Connecticut Business & Industry Association and the Ohio Business Roundtable. He also serves on the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents, where he previously served from 1997-2004, and the MSU College of Law Board of Trustees.
In 2011, he was named the recipient of the EEI Distinguished Leadership Award by the Edison Electric Institute, the United States Energy Award from the United States Energy Association, and the Humanitarian of the Year Award by the American Red Cross of Greater Columbus.
Morris graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelors and masters degree in biology. Morris received a law degree, cum laude, from the Detroit College of Law and is a member of the Michigan Bar Association.
#24: John Rowe, former CEO, Exelon
John Rowe, Chairman Emeritus of Exelon Corporation, led Exelon since its formation in 2000 through the merger of PECO Energy and the parent of Commonwealth Edison. John Rowe retired as chairman and chief executive officer of Exelon on March 12, 2012, following the merger of Exelon with Constellation Energy. Rowe previously held chief executive officer positions at the New England Electric System and Central Maine Power Company, served as general counsel of Consolidated Rail Corporation, and was a partner in the law firm of Isham, Lincoln & Beale. Rowe is former chairman of the Nuclear Energy Institute and the Edison Electric Institute. He was co-chairman of the National Commission on Energy Policy and serves on the Secretary of Energy’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future. He is the lead independent director of the Northern Trust Company and a member of the Board of Directors of Allstate.
Rowe was the 2012 recipient of the United States Energy Award, an honor given annual to an outstanding energy leader in recognition of their leadership initiatives and contributions to the global understanding of energy issues. Other recent awards include the Misericordia Heart of Mercy Award (2010), the Edison Electric Institute Distinguished Leadership Award (2009), election as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2009), the Chicago Council on Global Affairs Global Leadership Award (2009), the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce’s Daniel H. Burnham Award for Business and Civic Leadership (2008), the Junior Achievement’s Chicago Business Hall of Fame (2008), Illinois Holocaust Museum’s Humanitarian Award (2008), Civic Federation of Chicago’s Lyman Gage Award for Outstanding Civic Leadership (2008) and the National Latino Education Institute Corporate Leadership Award (2008).
#25: Charlie Gay, President, Applied Solar
Dr. Charlie Gay was named president of Applied Solar and chairman of the Applied Solar Council at Applied Materials, Inc. in 2009. An industry veteran with more than 35 years of solar experience, he joined Applied in 2006 as corporate vice president, general manager of the Solar Business Group. In July 2011 he was recognized as an Applied Materials Fellow for his outstanding technical contributions to the company’s success.
Dr. Gay is also founder of the Greenstar Foundation that delivers solar power and Internet access for health, education and microenterprise projects to villages in developing countries.
Dr. Gay began his career in 1975 designing solar power system components for communications satellites at Spectrolab, Inc. and later joined ARCO Solar Inc. In 1990, Dr. Gay became president and chief operating officer of Siemens A.G.’s Solar Industries group and from 1994 to 1997, he served as director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory. In 1997, Dr. Gay served as president and chief executive officer of ASE Americas, Inc., and in 2001 he became chairman of the advisory board at SunPower Corporation.
In 2013 Dr. Gay was elected to the National Academy of Engineering. He holds a doctorate degree in physical chemistry from the University of California, and holds numerous patents for solar cell and module construction, and is the recipient of the Gold Medal for Achievement from the World Renewable Energy Congress.