PITTSBURGH – Kathryn (Kate) Jackson, PhD, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for DQE Holdings LLC, Duquesne Light Holdings, Inc., and Duquesne Light Company (DLC). DLC is the regulated public utility proving electric transmission and distribution services in Southwestern Pennsylvania, including the City of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Jackson, a Pittsburgh native, is a noted authority in global energy systems, electric and gas utility operations, and environmental policy with deep knowledge of water and air quality science. As the Chief Technology Officer for three global corporations, Jackson has led investment platforms for strategic growth and shareholder value creation. Her energy expertise includes domestic and international regulatory agency negotiations, advising publicly traded companies in financial and operations planning, international business development, and technology research and investment strategy.
An alumnus of Grove City College and the University of Pittsburgh, Jackson completed her graduate studies at Carnegie Mellon University and a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Academy of Engineering. As a scientist and engineer, Dr. Jackson is noted for her authority and influence in leading large, regional, mixed generation and transmission systems.
Jackson’s appointment to the Board extends a long-standing family dedication to serving DLC and its customers. Her father had a 42-year career with DLC, retiring as the General Manager of Substation and Shops.
Earlier this year, Joseph Fontana, with many years of experience as a utility financial executive and consultant, and Marie Jordan, with over 34 years of experience in the utility industry, joined DLC’s Board of Directors. Fontana is currently President of Utility Consulting Partners in NY. Previously, he was a partner at Ernst & Young where he served for many years as the Global Power and Utility Transaction Leader. Jordan most recently served as the President & CEO of electric transmission coordinator Peak Reliability and Senior Vice President of National Grid.
“We welcome the addition of Kate, Joe and Marie to the Board,” said Steve Malnight, President & CEO, DLC. “With their deep industry experience, we will continue to move forward in our efforts to serve our customers safely and reliably while advancing our sustainability efforts for our community.”