Huntsville, Ala., May 10, 2002 — Craven Crowell, former chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), has joined the board of directors of Utility Automation Integrators (UAI), a specialist in geospatial utility information technology.
S.K. Chauhan, chairman and CEO of UAI, said Crowell’s presence on the board is a tremendous asset to the Huntsville, Alabama-based solutions provider and systems integrator.
“We will draw extensively on Craven’s vast industry expertise,” said Chauhan. “During his tenure as chairman, Craven’s leadership helped TVA successfully face the prospects of deregulation, financial issues and rapid change in the utility industry. We are blessed to have someone of his caliber join UAI as a director and offer insight into how we can best serve utilities across the country.”
Crowell is the first outside director to join the UAI board.
Appointed to the TVA board by President Clinton in 1993, Crowell served as the 11th chairman of the federal utility until his retirement in April of 2001. During his eight years on the board, Crowell focused on preparing TVA for deregulation and competition through upgrade of operational systems and strengthening of its financial standing, including developing a plan to reduce TVA’s debt after 35 years of continuous increases.
“I am excited about coming on board this growing and dynamic company,” said Crowell. “UAI is providing utilities with the information technology needed to work smarter and more cost-effectively. I truly believe that UAI is establishing itself as a leader in this industry. It is an honor to serve with a visionary like S.K.”
Crowell is a former chairman and current advisory council member for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Palo Alto, California. EPRI’s science and technology program serves more than 1,000 energy organizations in 40 countries with energy-related technical and business expertise. He also now serves on the board of EPRI Worldwide and is the chairman of GCW Consulting. Crowell has more than 25 years in federal government service and served as a Vice President in TVA’s senior management team previous to being appointed to the TVA board.
A native of Nashville, Tennessee and graduate of Lipscomb University, Crowell served as chief of staff for former U.S. Senator Jim Sasser (D-TN) and is a former reporter and city editor for the Nashville Tennessean.
Crowell will give the keynote address May 22 at UTILIMATION, UAI’s inaugural User Conference in Huntsville, Alabama. More than 100 managers, engineers and other representatives from UAI’s client base plan to attend the conference where the company will preview 2.0 versions of its UtilityCenter AM/FM/GIS applications.
UAI’s geospatial technology is used by almost 50 utilities across the country to automate daily workflows through efficient use of electronic maps integrated with customer and facility information.
Utility Automation Integrators Background Information
Utility Automation Integrators (UAI) was founded in 1994 as a utility system integration firm dedicated to providing electrical engineering and GIS/GPS consulting software services. Today, UAI is the developer of AM/FM/GIS mapping software for utilities while also providing consulting, implementation and technical support services. Headquartered in Alabama, UAI has regional offices throughout the United States.
More information can be found at www.uai.com.