A new power player at PG&E; Boeing grabs GE's aviation chief

Names in the News

A new power player at PG&E; Boeing grabs GE's aviation chief

sustainability careers PG&E, Boeing, City of Atlanta
Clockwise from top left: Geisha Williams, PG&E; Kevin McAllister, Boeing; Jan Dell, Wood Group; Emma Stewart, Impact Infrastructure; Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, city of Atlanta.

The year may be winding down, but there's plenty to report in this month's Names in the News wrap up of big hires, promotions and other job news in sustainable business.

This month we cover career changes from green design to green cities, Atlanta's first resilience chief and the executive swapping one industrial titan for another.

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Who's news

Geisha Williams, PG&E

California mega utility PG&E has tapped an in-house clean energy expert to serve as its next president and chief executive. Geisha Williams, currently president of the company's electric utility and responsible for growing renewable power capacity, will take the reins of the entire company from current CEO Tony Earley Jr.

In addition to an uncertain national landscape for climate and energy policy, Williams — who reports cite as instrumental in the utility's recent decision to close the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant — also takes the job as PG&E looks to rebuild after a conviction this summer for safety violations related to a 2010 pipeline explosion. A native of Cuba, Williams also will be the first female Latina CEO for a Fortune 200 company.

Emma Stewart, Impact Infrastructure

Emma Stewart, former head of sustainability solutions for design software provider Autodesk, is diving deeper into the way we build infrastructure.

Stewart has been named chief business development officer of four-year-old Impact Infrastructure, which builds cost-benefit analysis tools for green building and infrastructure projects.

Kevin McAllister, Boeing

Boeing has poached Kevin McAllister, former head of General Electric's aviation division, to head its flagship commercial aviation business.

The move comes as the aviation industry embarks on early stage joint emissions-reduction efforts, although the Wall Street Journal reports that McAllister primarily will be tasked with cutting production costs as the company looks to grow high-margin businesses such as part replacement.

Stephanie Stuckey Benfield, city of Atlanta

Atlanta is the latest city to name its first chief resilience officer, selecting former 14-year Georgia state Rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield for the job.

Prior to her appointment, Stuckey Benfield was director of the Mayor's Office of Sustainability for Atlanta.

On the move

— Veteran science and environmental reporter Andrew Revkin, most recently of the New York Times, has joined investigative reporting nonprofit ProPublica as a senior correspondent covering how countries and companies are (or aren't) working to combat climate change.

— Veteran corporate sustainability executive Jan Dell has been tapped to lead the clean energy team for energy services company Wood Group.

— The former managing director of the Dubai Mercantile Exchange, Owain Johnson, has signed on to run research and product development in London for U.S.-based energy development giant CME.