The man who helped rehabilitate the image of one of largest U.S. utility companies has been tapped to join one of the top industry research and development organizations. Nick Stavropoulos, president, gas, of Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) has been elected to the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) board of directors, effective Oct. 4.
“Nick is a passionate advocate for workplace safety, not only at PG&E, but across the utility industry. He came to PG&E in 2011 to help the company enhance its gas system and operations,” said Tony Earley, chairman, CEO and president of PG&E Corp. “Since then, he’s helped us build a strong safety culture and earned independent, third party verification of the company’s gas system from a number of leading global organizations,”
Stavropoulos joined PG&E following the 2010 gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno, California. He has helped the company recover from the incident and enhanced its overall safety practices.
“Nick’s forward-thinking approach to the natural gas industry makes him an ideal fit for our board of directors,” said GTI president and CEO David Carroll. “We’re confident that his experience and leadership will help GTI and the entire gas industry grow the value and presence of natural gas.”
GTI focuses on improving safety, reliability and affordability to the energy industry through technology-based solutions.
“I am honored to join GTI’s board of directors,” Stavropoulos said. “PG&E and GTI have had a long-standing partnership, helping to develop some of the most advanced technologies our industry has seen. Whether it’s developing robots to inspect natural gas pipelines or improving how we detect, quantify and prevent methane emissions, GTI and PG&E have led together.”
About Nick Stavropoulos
- Stavropoulos has more than 35 years of experience in the U.S. and international gas industry and joined PG&E in 2011 as executive vice president of Gas Operations.
- He was named president of PG&E Gas in 2015.
- Nick and his team are responsible for the end-to-end delivery of safe, reliable, affordable and clean gas service to 16 million people across PG&E’s 70,000 square-mile service area in northern and central California.
- As president, Stavropoulos also oversees PG&E’s gas; enterprise IT; physical and cyber security; safety, health and environmental; supply chain; and transportation/fleet/real estate organizations.
- Since joining PG&E, he has championed independent, third-party verification of the company’s gas system from a number of different global organizations. Under his leadership, PG&E’s gas business has earned or qualified for international certifications including ISO 55001; PAS 55-1; RC 14001 and API 1173. PG&E is the only North American utility to currently hold these third-party certifications.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co., a subsidiary of PG&E Corp., is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers energy to nearly 16 million people across its service area.