Corporate Officers

ISO-NE Senior Management focuses on cost containment and operational excellence in achieving the company's goals and fulfilling our mission.

Gordon van Welie

Gordon van Welie

Gordon van Welie is president and chief executive officer of ISO New England Inc., having previously served as the company's executive vice president and chief operating officer. He joined ISO New England from Siemens Power Transmission & Distribution LLC, where he served as vice president and general manager of the Power Systems Control Division and was responsible for managing information technology solutions for electric companies. Before coming to Siemens, Mr. van Welie held several positions at ESKOM, South Africa's electric utility based in Johannesburg.

 

Vamsi Chadalavada

Vamsi Chadalavada

Dr. Vamsi Chadalavada is executive vice president and chief operating officer and is responsible for System Operations, Wholesale Markets Development and Operations, System Planning, Information Services, and Program Management. He previously served as the company's senior vice president, Market and System Solutions, and was responsible for Wholesale Markets Development, Information Services and Program Management. Before joining ISO New England in 2004, Dr. Chadalavada held a number of positions at Siemens Power Transmission and Distribution, most recently as vice president and general manager of Siemens' Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS). In that position, he was responsible for operations, services, development, sales and marketing Siemens' EMIS in North America and select regions of Europe, Asia and South America.

 

Jamshid A. Afnan

Jamshid A. Afnan

As vice president, Information Services, Jamshid A. Afnan is responsible for ISO New England's information technology (IT) functions. He directs the information and data integrity of the organization as well as all information systems (IS) functions, including data centers, technical service centers, physical and cyber security, production scheduling, software development and systems operations. Before joining ISO New England in 1997 to manage IT functions, Mr. Afnan was manager of computer support services for the New England Power Pool.

 

Peter T. Brandien

Peter T. Brandien

Peter Brandien serves as vice president, System Operations, and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of New England's bulk power system. Mr. Brandien oversees transaction management, outage coordination, unit commitment, economic dispatch, system restoration, operator training, certain compliance functions and development of operating procedures. Prior to joining ISO New England in 2004, he spent 17 years at Northeast Utilities, most recently as director of transmission operations. Mr. Brandien served in the U.S. Navy as a submarine nuclear propulsion plant operator/electrician.

 

Janice S. Dickstein

Janice S. Dickstein

As vice president of Human Resources, Ms. Dickstein is responsible for developing and implementing the company's human resources strategy. Prior to joining ISO New England in 2004, Ms. Dickstein spent 19 years at CIGNA Corporation, where she held positions of increasing responsibility in the information technology and human resources divisions. Ms. Dickstein began her career in Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company's information technology area, serving as a programmer and systems analyst.

 

Robert Ethier

Robert Ethier

As vice president, Market Development, Robert Ethier is responsible for the design and development of wholesale electricity markets and oversees the functions of Wholesale Markets Strategy, Demand Resources Strategy, NEPOOL Markets Committee coordination, and Market Rules Integration. Dr. Ethier previously served as the Director of Resource Adequacy and Director of Market Monitoring. He also led the ISO's efforts to implement the initial Forward Capacity Auction. Prior to joining ISO New England, Dr. Ethier consulted for Stratus Consulting Inc. and Hagler Bailly Consulting, Inc. He has authored papers on electricity price volatility, electricity auctions, and asset valuation, including papers in The Energy Journal, Land Economics, and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

 

Anne George

Anne C. George

As vice president, External Affairs and Corporate Communications, Anne C. George directs ISO New England's outreach to and communications with public officials, stakeholders, and the media. Before joining the ISO in 2008, she served five years as a Commissioner of the Connecticut Public Utility Control. During this time, Ms. George was active in national and regional bodies, serving as Chair of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners' Committee on Electricity and as President of the New England Conference of Public Utility Commissioners. Prior to her role at the Connecticut PUC, Ms. George served as the Governor's Special Counsel on Energy and Chief Legal Counsel.

 

Raymond W. Hepper

Raymond W. Hepper

As vice president, general counsel, and corporate secretary, Raymond W. Hepper is the principal legal advisor for ISO New England. Mr. Hepper has 30 years of legal experience. Before joining ISO New England in 2004, he was employed by the firm of Pierce Atwood LLP representing utilities and clients in complex energy transactions and served as managing director of legal and regulatory affairs for Central Maine Power Company.

 

Kevin A. Kirby

Kevin A. Kirby

Kevin Kirby is vice president, Market Operations, responsible for the administration of the wholesale electricity markets in New England. A registered professional engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the electricity industry, Mr. Kirby joined ISO New England in 2000 from Boston-based Eastern Utilities Associates (EAU) where he most recently held the position of vice president, power supply. While at EAU, Mr. Kirby also served as president of Duke Louis Dreyfus New England, an affiliated company organized to build generating facilities and trade and sell power.

 

David LaPlante

David LaPlante

As vice president, Market Monitoring, David LaPlante serves as the company's market monitor and also focuses on addressing long-term market challenges. Mr. LaPlante previously served as vice president, Wholesale Markets Strategy, overseeing the design and development of the multi-settlement and congestion management markets in New England's market design. He was instrumental in the restructuring of the utility industry in New England in the mid 1990s while at the New England Power Pool, specializing in electric system reliability planning, and he joined ISO New England at its inception in 1995. Mr. LaPlante also has public sector experience, having worked for the New Hampshire Governor's Council on Energy and the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company.

 

Robert C. Ludlow

Robert C. Ludlow

Robert Ludlow is vice president and chief financial and compliance officer. He serves on the company's Audit & Finance Committee as well as the Budget & Finance Committee of the New England Power Pool. Mr. Ludlow has more than 21 years of experience in the energy and accounting fields. He came to ISO New England in 1997 from Western Beef, Inc., where he held the position of chief financial officer. Previously, Mr. Ludlow was a partner at Marden, Harrison & Kreuter, a CPA firm located in metropolitan New York.

 

Stephen J. Rourke

Stephen J. Rourke

Stephen J. Rourke is vice president, System Planning for ISO New England, having previously served as the company's director, Reliability & Operations Services. A former manager of the REMVEC control center in Westborough, MA and former manager of marketing operations for Northeast Utilities/Select Energy Inc., Mr. Rourke has 30 years of experience in operations and planning of New England's bulk power system. Mr. Rourke is responsible for overseeing the Regional System Plan, analyzing new infrastructure projects, implementing the generator interconnection process, developing findings for allocating transmission costs, and supporting New England's capacity markets. He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

 

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