Northeast Utilities makes new executive appointments

Northeast Utilities (NU) appointed three current executives to new roles within its electric operating companies.

NU appointed Bill Quinlan as president and chief operating officer of Public Service of New Hampshire. In his new role, Quinlan will be responsible for the construction, operation and maintenance of PSNH‘s infrastructure, as well as the safe and reliable delivery of electricity to its more than 500,000 customers.

Quinlan is currently the senior vice president of emergency preparedness for Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P), responsible for leading the company’s preparation and response to emergencies. He also served as CL&P’s executive spokesperson during Superstorm Sandy and was instrumental in achieving improvements in Connecticut storm response, according to NU.

Assuming the new role of senior vice president of emergency preparedness for NU is Peter Clarke, current Western Massachusetts Electric Co. president and chief operating officer. In his new role, Clarke will be responsible for strategically coordinating preparation and response efforts for storms and other major emergencies across the organization.

As president of WMECo, Clarke has overseen the company’s operations and electrical distribution system that serves 200,000 customers. He re-engineered storm response improvements after a devastating ice storm in 2008 and received high marks for leading WMECo’s response in the wake of devastating tornadoes in 2011. Clarke brings more than 30 years of utility operations experience to his new role.

Craig Hallstrom, currently president of NSTAR Electric, will now serve as president for both WMECo and NSTAR Electric and will be in charge of electric operations for NU’s 1.3 million customers in Massachusetts. The move consolidates leadership for all of NU’s electric distribution operations in the commonwealth.

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