Holy Cross Energy Names Bryan Hannegan as New CEO
Holy Cross Energy (HCE) has named Dr. Bryan Hannegan as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. The Holy Cross Energy Board of Directors released Dr. Hannegan’s name after a robust national search process to fill the CEO position following the upcoming retirement of current CEO Del Worley.
With nearly 20 years of experience in and around the electricity industry, Dr. Hannegan brings a unique combination of technical knowledge, policy and government background, and management experience. Prior to being named HCE’s CEO, Dr. Hannegan led multiple research and development teams at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Electric Power Research Institute, advancing innovations in fossil and renewable generation, environmental compliance, and electricity delivery and use.
Notably, he co-founded the U.S. Department of Energy’s Grid Modernization Laboratory Consortium, a $220 million, three-year investment to advance the fundamental technologies needed for a safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable future electricity grid.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Hannegan served as a senior energy advisor for the White House and the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, and was an elected Board member for the Coastside County Water District in California.
“We are excited to welcome Dr. Hannegan to join our amazing staff. His solid energy industry background, vibrant vision for the future of electric utilities and access to world-class innovation and understanding of emerging opportunities and challenges will serve our members well.” said Megan Gilman, Chair of the Holy Cross Energy Board of Directors.
A seven-member Board of Directors conducted the CEO search and ultimately landed on Hannegan as the top pick. Gilman added “Our existing staff and outgoing CEO Del Worley have done a wonderful job in situating Holy Cross with an outstanding blend of strong reliability, low cost and a transition to cleaner fuels. We feel confident that Dr. Hannegan has the vision and skills to navigate this evolving industry, resulting in the best outcomes for our members.”
Dr. Hannegan will be just the 5th CEO in HCE’s 78-year history of providing electric power to members, who are concentrated primarily in Eagle, Garfield and Pitkin counties. Del Worley, HCE’s current CEO has been with Holy Cross Energy for 25 years, the past 10 of which he has served as CEO.
Mr. Worley will retire from his HCE position in early July. “It has been a pleasure to serve HCE’s members for the past 25 years. The future of the electric industry is changing, and I believe Bryan has the knowledge and leadership skills to navigate to that new future.” said Mr. Worley.
“I’m honored by the Board’s decision to select me as the next CEO of Holy Cross Energy,” said Dr. Hannegan. “Under Del’s leadership, HCE has set the standard for safe, reliable and affordable electricity supply. Our challenge now is to keep that standard while taking advantage of new technologies to enable a more sustainable energy future. With our talented staff and the vision of our Board, I know we can meet this challenge and continue to deliver the excellent energy services our members have come to expect from us.”
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