Thigpen, Reif Promoted as part of Leadership Changes at PSEG

Senior company leaders Rick Thigpen and Karen Reif have been promoted as part of a mid-level leadership shift at Public Service Enterprise Group.

Thigpen will become the New Jersey-based utility holding company’s senior vice president for corporate citizenship. He will report directly to PSEG CEO Ralph Isso and will continue as the company’s leader on state and federal governmental affairs as well as corporate citizenship and culture.

Thigpen also remains as chairman of the PSEG Foundation. He joined the utility in 2007 after a career as an attorney and leader for political and civil rights groups.

“Rick has had tremendous success communicating complex energy issues to policy makers and elected officials in Trenton, as well as giving counsel to our corporate philanthropy and federal efforts,” said Izzo.  “Uniting these three areas under his leadership will result in enhanced strategic coordination.  Rick has also been an important voice for PSEG’s diversity and inclusion efforts, and I have valued his counsel and guidance.  He will be a strong addition to my leadership team.” 

Reif was named as vice president for renewables and energy solutions, overseeing PSEG’s Public Service Electric & Gas utility’s clean energy strategy.

Reif established the continuous improvement function for PSEG, which is responsible for developing sustainable, repeatable and quantifiable business improvements that are based on industry best practices. She has been with PSEG since 1995 mostly in the information technology department, holding leadership roles in strategy, application implementation, quality assurance, process management and program management. Prior to joining PSEG, Reif was a consultant with Scott, Madden & Associates.

Reif holds a BA degree in Economics and International Studies from Emory University and an MBA (MSIA) degree from Carnegie Mellon University.    

Reif replaces Courtney McCormick, who will become vice president–internal auditing services, PSEG. McCormick replaces Christine Neely who has been named vice president—procurement, PSEG, reporting to Derek DiRisio, president, PSEG Services Corp. Neely replaces Brian Clark who has been named vice president – construction, PSEG Power, and will report to Ralph LaRossa, president and COO, PSEG Power.

Clark replaces Kevin Cellars, who has announced his intention to retire.

“PSEG is fortunate to have talented leaders with strong records of success,” Izzo said. “By taking on new roles, they can bring their different perspectives and experiences to benefit our business.”

All changes take effect July 2.


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