Powell named Top 25 Most Influential Women by CEO Connection

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Powell named Top 25 Most Influential Women by CEO Connection

Mon, 07/17/2017 - 12:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power President and CEO Mary Powell was again named among the top 25 Most Influential Women of the Mid-Market by CEO Connection in 2017. This list recognizes the top 25 women in the US based on their ability to influence change, innovation, and standards for excellence in mid-market companies with annual sales between $100 million and $3 billion. Other winners include the CEO of Buffalo Wild Wings and Charlotte Russe.

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Mary Powell

President & CEO

Mary Powell has served as President and Chief Executive Officer for Green Mountain Power Corporation since 2008, following seven years as Chief Operating Officer. Mary initiated and implemented a strategic and comprehensive restructuring of the company that dramatically transformed Green Mountain Power and has been the backbone of a cultural transformation and service quality improvement.

Mary launched an ambitious energy vision to provide low carbon, low cost and reliable power to Vermonters. As a result, the company has built Vermont’s largest wind farm, made Rutland, Vermont the Solar Generation Capital of New England, and has installed smart grid technology across the entire utility infrastructure.  Mary is leading an energy transformation, providing customers comprehensive energy makeovers that help them save money and use less energy.  GMP is the first utility in the world to become a member of B Corp, showing a commitment to use energy as a force for good.

In 2012, Mary led an acquisition of Central Vermont Public Service, with a promise to generate $144 million in savings for customers. GMP has grown from serving 88,000 customers in 2008 to serving well over 260,000 customers, with revenues of more than $640 million and $2 billion in assets.

In 2014, Mary announced a new partnership with NRG Energy, Inc. to make Vermont a leader in sustainable energy. And in 2015, Mary led another partnership with Tesla, with GMP becoming the first utility to offer the Tesla Powerwall battery.  In 2004 Mary was recognized by Fast Company magazine as one of the “top 50 fast leaders” in the US. In 2014 she was recognized by Powergen as the Woman of the Year, the Burlington Free Press named her 2015 Vermonter of the Year, and in 2016 Fast Company named Mary one of the 100 most creative people in business.

“It’s a joy to be among this group of very capable and accomplished women who are doing incredible things at their respective companies,” said Mary Powell, President and CEO of Green Mountain Power. “I hope the next generation of women leaders is as inspired as I am to push the limit of what we think is possible.”

Powell, one of only a handful of women to lead utilities across the country and the first woman CEO at GMP, is a long champion of equal pay and equal rights for woman and indeed all employees. Her approach to leadership has been to make the organization as “flat” as possible, breaking down the traditional reporting hierarchy to encourage and support leadership and growth at all levels.  

"We are honored to be able to recognize such a prestigious group of women who have truly made an impact on their company and have given back to their community," says Kenneth Beck, CEO of CEO Connection.  

The full announcement and list of winners can be found here: http://www.midmarketrankings.com/influential-women-2017/

About Green Mountain Power:

Green Mountain Power (GMP) serves approximately 265,000 residential and business customers in Vermont and is partnering with Vermonters to improve lives and transform communities. GMP is focused on a new way of doing business to meet the needs of customers with integrated energy services that help people use less energy and save money, while continuing to generate clean, cost-effective and reliable power in Vermont. GMP is the first utility in the world to get a B Corp certification, meeting rigorous social, environmental, accountability and transparency standards and committing to use business as a force for good. In 2014, Vote Solar named GMP a Solar Champion. More information at: www.greenmountainpower.com. Connect with GMP on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @GreenMtnPower.

Source: GMP 7.17.2017

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