WASHINGTON, June 8, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Gerard M. “Gerry” Anderson, Executive Chairman of Detroitbased at DTE Energy, was today elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the national association of investor-owned power companies. Two vice-presidents were also elected: Warner baxter, President, President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint Louiscompany based in Ameren; and Pedro J. Pizarro, President and CEO of Rosemead, Californiabased at Edison International.
The announcement was made at EEI’s Board of Directors and Annual Meeting in June, which was held virtually. The IEE presidency rotates on an annual basis, and Anderson takes over Ben fowke, Chairman and CEO of Minneapolisbased on Xcel Energy.
“On behalf of the IEE and our member companies, I thank Ben fowke, said the president of the IEE Tom kuhn. “Over a year of many uncertainties, Ben has shown exceptional leadership in leading our industry’s swift and effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the same time, Ben has maintained a strong focus on our industry’s clean energy transition, and he has worked to advance solutions to the racial and social justice issues that are at the forefront of our country. We are grateful for Ben’s dedication to our clients and member companies throughout his presidency. “
“We are also delighted to announce that Gerry Anderson was elected president of the IEE for the 2021-2022 cycle, ”added Kuhn. “Gerry was previously Vice President of IEE and is an exceptional leader for our industry and in his community. I look forward to continuing to work with Gerry to advance our industry’s clean energy goals and commitments. “
“As the country emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, US power companies remain steadfast in their commitment to get as clean as possible as quickly as possible – while providing our customers and communities with reliable energy. , affordable and secure that powers our economy and our lives, ”said Anderson. “Despite the many challenges we all faced over the past year, IEI member companies have continued their strong and steady transition to clean energy, and the progress we have made is clear. Today, our industry’s carbon emissions have fallen by 40% and are at an all-time low. for over 40 years. We are now focused on developing new carbon-free technologies that will help deliver a 100% clean energy future, ”Anderson added.
“We also remain focused on promoting racial and social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion within our workforce and across our communities. Our businesses can be powerful agents of change, but truly tackling these issues will take focus and persistence – and we intend to demonstrate these qualities, ”said Anderson.
Kuhn also applauded the VPs who will support Anderson as part of the leadership team.
“Warner and Pedro are champions of our industry. Each is committed to achieving the long-term goals that will provide the future of clean energy, and we are extremely fortunate that they continue to be part of EEI’s leadership team. “
Gerry Anderson joined DTE Energy in 1993 and held various leadership positions across the company until he was appointed President in 2004, CEO in 2010 and President in 2011. He was the architect and the leader of the company’s strategy to focus on costs and operational excellence and grow its unregulated businesses. As CEO, he has focused on creating a positive and highly engaged culture – and on DTE Energy’s deep connection to the communities it serves, enabling it to act as a force for good.
In 2019, Anderson was elected Executive Chairman to serve as an advisor to the CEO of DTE Energy on business matters and to focus on DTE Energy’s roles at the community, state, federal and broader industry level.
Prior to joining DTE Energy, Anderson was a senior consultant at McKinsey & Company, an international management consulting firm. Anderson obtained a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre-Dame. He also obtained an MBA and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan.
Anderson is the founder and leader of the Detroit Regional CEO Group. He chairs both the recently formed Detroit Regional Partnership and the Detroit Economic Club. He also chairs the business leaders of Michigan. Additionally, Anderson is involved in a variety of local community and civic activities, including serving on the boards of The Nature Conservancy (Michigan chapter), the McGregor Fund, the Downtown Detroit Partnership and the West Michigan Policy Forum. He sits on the board of directors of The Andersons, a publicly traded company.
Warner baxter is President, President and Chief Executive Officer of Saint LouisAmeren Corporation, parent company of rate-regulated energy companies that serve 2.4 million electricity customers and 900,000 natural gas customers in Illinois and Missouri.
During his 25-year tenure at Ameren, Baxter held a variety of leadership roles, including CFO and President of Ameren Missouri.
Prior to joining Ameren in 1995, Baxter served as a senior executive in the national office of PricewaterhouseCooper LLP at New York City, acting as one of the firm’s liaison officers with the main accounting standard-setting bodies in United States. From 1983 to 1993, Baxter worked at the firm Saint Louis office, where he provided audit and advisory services to clients from various industries, including the energy sector.
Today, Baxter sits on several industry boards. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute (and is a past Chairman of the Board), as well as the Management Committee of the Institute for Electric Innovation of the Edison Foundation. Baxter also sits on the boards of US Bancorp and BJC HealthCare.
In addition, Baxter was the former president of Civic Progress St. Louis. He now sits on the Executive Council of the President of Grand Saint-Louis, Inc., and is actively involved in several charitable organizations, most notably as a member of the board of directors of Variety the Children’s Charity of Saint Louis (and as a former chairman of the board); American Cancer Society’s Coaches Board Member vs. Cancer National Board; past president and current board member of the St. Louis chapter of CEOs Against Cancer of Missouri; and member of the board of directors of The Muny.
Baxter received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and made a significant and lasting contribution to higher education through his involvement in the University of Missouri System. He is a fellow of the University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellors Council and sits on University of Missouri 100 Advice.
Pedro J. Pizarro is President and CEO of Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison (SCE), one of the nation’s largest electricity companies. Edison International is also the parent company of Edison Energy, a portfolio of competitive companies providing commercial and industrial customers with energy supply and management services. Pizarro is a member of the board of directors of Edison International.
Pizarro was president of SCE de October 2014 through May 2016, when he was elected President of Edison International. He was elected CEO in October 2016. Previously, Pizarro was chairman of Edison Mission Energy (EME) and chaired its board from 2011 until the sale of its assets to NRG Energy in april 2014. EME, a subsidiary of Edison International at the time, was an independent power producer that owned, leased, operated and sold the power and capacity of power generation facilities and engaged in hedging and energy exchange in competitive electricity markets. Pizarro joined Edison International in 1999, moved to SCE in 2001 and held several management positions before joining EME.
Prior to working at Edison International and SCE, Pizarro was Senior Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company in Los Angeles, providing management consulting services to energy, technology, engineering and banking clients. There, he developed corporate strategy, managed mergers and acquisitions and oversaw operational and organizational commitments.
Pizarro sits on the boards of the Electric Power Research Institute as Past President, Argonne National Laboratory, the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the Center for Systemic Risk Analysis and Resilience. He has served on the boards of the Electric Power Supply Association, California Power Exchange, Colburn School, House Research Institute, Southern California Leadership Council, and Western Energy Institute.
Pizarro represents the electrical industry on the US Secretary of Energy’s Advisory Board (SEAB) and co-chairs the SEAB Innovation Working Group. The SEAB provides advice and recommendations to the US Secretary of Energy on energy policy, research and development, and economic and national security policy. Pizarro also sits on the Electricity Sub-Sector Coordinating Council, which is the primary liaison between the federal government and the electricity industry to prepare for and respond to disasters or nationwide threats to people. critical infrastructure. Pizarro also recently served on California Govt. that of Gavin Newsom Business and Job Recovery Task Force.
Pizarro obtained a doctorate. in Chemistry from Caltech and holder of National Science Foundation and Department of Defense Graduate Scholarships. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Harvard University.
EEI is the association that represents all power companies owned by US investors. Our members provide electricity to more than 220 million Americans and operate in all 50 states and District of Colombia. Overall, the electric power industry supports more than 7 million jobs in communities across United States. In addition to our U.S. members, EEI has over 65 international power companies, with operations in over 90 countries, as international members, and hundreds of industry suppliers and related organizations as associate members.
SOURCE Edison Electric Institute