Tuesday, December 9, 2014 | 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Valencia Ballroom, Orange County Convention Center – West Halls
Open to all registered attendees and exhibitors
Russell Ray, Managing Editor, Power Engineering magazine
POWER-GEN International Program Committee Chair
Mr. David Walsh
Prior to his appointment as President & CEO, he served as Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Projects and Services. Mr. Walsh joined the company in 2001, and initially established the service and manufacturing business for Mitsubishi in the Western Hemisphere.
Previously, Mr. Walsh had been a senior executive at Westinghouse in both power generation and industrial service roles responsible for global plant based service activities, and later their power joint ventures in China.
Mr. Walsh received his BS Commerce degree from the University of Virginia and did Graduate Study, Finance at Northwestern University.
Mr. Walsh is a Board Member of Enterprise Florida, and has been a Board Member of the Seminole County Foundation for Public Education, and on the Seminole State College of Florida Foundations Board.
In his role as Chief Operating Officer, Mauricio Gutierrez is responsible, as he describes it, for "making sure the trains run on time." He holds top responsibility for ensuring that NRG's entire electric generating and thermal fleets operate at top levels of safety, performance and environmental sustainability. NRG operates the largest competitive generation fleet in the U.S. and second largest overall with roughly 150 generating plants with capacity greater than 52,000 megawatts, enough electricity to supply 42 million homes.
Mauricio also leads NRG's engineering and construction activities related to new generation and repowering projects. By overseeing commodities trading through increasingly volatile energy commodity markets, he helps maximize NRG's financial performance.
At NRG, he has also held the positions of executive vice president, Commercial Operations and senior vice president, Commodities Trading. He joined NRG in 2004.
Mauricio began his career as a senior consultant and project manager at Mexico City-based DTP Consultores, working on various energy and infrastructure projects in Mexico. When the U.S. merchant energy industry started to emerge, he joined Dynegy's management program and served in various positions, including managing director for the Southeast and Texas regions, senior trader for East Power and asset manager.
Greene began her career at Southern Company in 1991, progressing through various areas of engineering, operations and finance. She spent eight years at Southern Company subsidiary Southern Energy Inc., now NRG, working in the areas of finance, structuring, trading and asset management.
In 2007, Greene joined the Tennessee Valley Authority as chief financial officer and chief risk officer. Her responsibilities included overseeing budgeting, planning and reporting of nearly $12 billion in revenue and expenses, designing and implementing new wholesale rate designs, and developing enterprise risk management processes. While at TVA, she also served as group president of strategy and external relations and as chief generation officer, responsible for more than 30,000 megawatts of coal, natural gas, hydro and renewable power generation.
In 2013, Greene returned to Southern Company as president and CEO of Southern Company Services. In that role, she was responsible for overseeing the company’s information technology, human resources, supply chain management, marketing and program management, as well as Southern LINC Wireless, Southern Company’s wireless telecommunications provider, and Southern Telecom, the company’s wholesale fiber optic network provider.
A native of Knoxville, Tenn., Greene earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering science and mechanics from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She earned a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a master’s degree in business administration from Samford University. In 2011, Greene completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
Greene is a member of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Board of Directors and recently served as EPRI Board chair. She serves as a member of the executive advisory council of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. In addition, she serves as a member of the advisory boards for the University of Tennessee College of Engineering and the University of Alabama at Birmingham master of safety engineering program.
Mr. Eric Silagy
Prior to joining NextEra Energy, Mr. Silagy served as vice president, mergers, acquisitions & divestitures at Entergy Wholesale Operations, based in Houston, and as vice president and managing director, Southeast Asia, for The Wing Group, a subsidiary of Western Resources. He also worked for U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston of Louisiana, in several capacities, including chief of staff.