Armando Pimentel rejoined NextEra Energy as the next President and Chief Executive Officer of Florida Power & Light. Pimentel joins FP&L in place of Eric Silagy, who is retiring from NextEra Energy after 20 years, including 11 as CEO of FP&L. As part of the move, John Ketchum, chairman, president and CEO of NextEra Energy will become chairman of FP&L.
From 2008 to 2019, Pimentel served as Chief Financial Officer to NextEra Energy and FP&L, and in 2011 he served as president and CEO of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, the utility’s power generation subsidiary, a position he held until March 2019 when he retired. He officially joins FP&L as CEO on February 15, 2023.
At another Florida utility, Justin Thames joined TECO Energy as Director of State Government Relations of the utility’s government relations team. Before TECO, Thames spent 14 years in various roles at the Florida Institute of CPAs, where he was most recently Chief External Affairs Officer. In his new role, Thames will be responsible for cultivating and managing government relationships at the state level, identifying state government issues that will impact the company and developing policy positions on state issues. He holds a BS from Florida State University.
Ben Fried was named to the board of directors and as a senior advisor to ZOLA Electric, an off-grid power company for emerging markets. Fried is an information technology executive most recently serving as Chief Information Officer of Google, where he spent 14 years leading a team of thousands of engineers. For the internet company he crafted a new vision for IT and used Google’s product engineering disciplines to build breakthrough solutions to Enterprise problems. Prior to Google, Fried spent 13 years at Morgan Stanley, where he designed and built the investment bank’s e-commerce and intranet architecture and infrastructure.
Neil Manning started a new role as Chief Operating Officer at Array Technologies. Prior to joining Array, Manning was responsible for Rotork’s Oil & Gas, and Site Services divisions. While at Rotork, he formed the company’s Aftermarket program and launched Rotork’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) focused strategy. Prior to that, Manning held senior roles at Velocitel, SiteSafe and Corning. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Jeremy Wodakow started a new position as Chief Revenue Officer of Cypress Creek Renewables. Prior to Cypress Creek, he served as Managing Director of Axpo US, a Swiss solar developer. In his new role, he will focus on building and maintaining offtake relationships and developing a trading and risk management team to optimize Cypress Creek’s growing portfolio of operating assets. Before Axpo, Wodakow held senior roles as Head of North American Gas & Power Origination and Structuring at Noble Americas, Principal at TPG Capital and Vice President of Commodity Sales and Structuring for Goldman Sachs.
Arianna Gianakopoulos started a new role as Senior Product Manager at David Energy, a Brooklyn, N.Y. retail energy provider which sources distributed energy resources. Prior to David Energy, Gianakopoulous was Innovation Product Manager, EV Solutions at Uplight Energy, an energy technology company that was the byproduct of the merger of Tendril and Simple Energy by AES Corporation.
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