Utilidata Inc., a global software company partnering with utilities to modernize the electric grid, named James Stavridis, retired Navy admiral and NATO Supreme Allied Commander, to its board of directors. The announcement reflects Utilidata’s growing commitment to helping utility companies optimize and protect the security of the electric grid.
“At Utilidata, we’re working to develop innovative solutions that help utilities address a range of challenges — from voltage optimization to the integration of distributed generation to mitigating cybersecurity risks,” said Scott E. DePasquale, chairman and CEO of Utilidata. “Admiral Stavridis brings a national reputation and deep knowledge and experience in defense and cybersecurity policy. His leadership and advice will be extremely valuable as we look for ways to bring lawmakers, thought leaders, utility companies and the private sector together to meet the demands of a secure energy future.”
Retired U.S. Navy Admiral Stavridis led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander. He currently serves as dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts and previously served as commander of U.S. Southern Command, with responsibility for all military operations in Latin America from 2006 to 2009. He regularly comments on foreign policy, national security and cybersecurity issues in well-renowned publications such as Foreign Affairs, The Boston Globe and Washington Quarterly.
“Under Scott’s leadership, Utilidata is working with utility companies across the nation to meet the various demands of our energy future,” Stavridis said. “Through innovative technologies and strategic applications, Utilidata is enabling efforts to modernize the grid in a way that saves energy but also that can provide opportunities to better protect the grid from cyber threats. I look forward to working with a company that is committed to ensuring our energy distribution remains efficient, affordable and, importantly, secure.”