NYISO Restructures Leadership Team; CEO Whitley To Retire In 2016

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In announcing a series of personnel moves to meet emerging challenges, the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) announced that Stephen Whitley, president and CEO, will retire in mid-2016.

A nationwide search for Whitley's replacement will begin, notes the grid operator. Whitley has led NYISO since 2007.

Among the personnel moves are the following:

Richard Dewey has been promoted to executive vice president, where he will be responsible for operations, information technology and market structures. Previously, Dewey was senior vice president and chief information officer.

Thomas Rumsey has been promoted to senior vice president of external affairs, where he will be responsible for media relations, corporate communications, government and regulatory affairs, stakeholder services and strategic planning.

Rick Gonzales, senior vice president and chief operating officer, has been assigned the additional responsibilities of preparing the NYISO for the growing dependence on natural gas, as well as the increasing penetration of renewable and distributed energy resources.

Rana Mukerji, senior vice president of market structures, will be responsible for market design, demand response and system planning.

The NYISO says the new structure will ensure the proper focus and leadership on key strategic initiatives and enhance the organization's ability to proactively address the significant challenges facing the energy industry, including the growing dependence on natural gas, increased penetration of renewable and distributed energy resources, and the impact of new environmental regulations on the operations of existing generating units.

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