The board of directors of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has elected EPRI Senior Vice President Michael Howard as its next president and CEO, effective in September upon the retirement of current President and CEO Steve Specker.
Howard has more than 30 years of leadership experience in organizations ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to large public companies. He is widely respected for facilitating collaborative relationships among utilities and suppliers in the U.S. and abroad, according to EPRI.
In his current position as senior vice president of research and development, Howard oversees annual research spending in excess of $350 million and is responsible for overseeing EPRI's entire research portfolio, including renewable, fossil and nuclear generation; transmission and distribution; energy efficiency; electric transportation; and the environment.
Previously, he served as president and CEO of EPRI Solutions Inc., formerly a wholly owned subsidiary of EPRI.
Before joining EPRI, Howard was president of Beta Development Corp., a venture capital firm providing equity investments in technology-based companies. He later became president of the Tennessee Center for Research and Development in Knoxville, Tenn.