Board of Directors
Daniel P. McGahn, age 45, is Chairman of our Board and has been our chief executive officer since June 2011 and president since December 2009. Mr. McGahn also served as our chief operating officer from December 2009 until May 2011, as senior vice president and general manager of our AMSC Superconductors business unit from May 2008 until December 2009 and vice president of our AMSC Superconductors business unit from January 2008 to May 2008. Previously, Mr. McGahn was our vice president of strategic planning and development from December 2006 to January 2008. From 2003 to 2006, Mr. McGahn served as executive vice president and chief marketing officer of Konarka Technologies, which develops and commercializes Konarka Power Plastic®, a material that converts light to electricity. We believe Mr. McGahn’s qualifications to sit on our Board include his extensive experience with our company, including serving as our president since December 2009, experience in the power electronics industry and with technology companies, and strategic planning expertise gained while working in senior management and as a consultant for other public and private companies. Mr. McGahn has been a director of our company since June 2011.
Vikram S. Budhraja, age 69, has been president and chief executive officer of Electric Power Group, LLC, a Pasadena, California-based privately held firm that provides smart grid synchrophasor technology applications and services, power grid reliability monitoring solutions, and strategic and consulting services to the electric power industry, since January 2000. From 1977 to January 2000, Mr. Budhraja served in key executive and senior management positions at Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison, including: president of Edison Technology Solutions; senior vice president and head of the Power Grid Business Unit of Southern California Edison responsible for all transmission assets and control center operations; and vice president of System Planning, Fuels and Operations of Southern California Edison. He is a founding member of the Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions (CERTS) and worked with the U.S.-Canadian Power Systems Outage Task Force that was formed to investigate the root causes of the August 14, 2003 power blackout in the Northeast. Mr. Budhraja has previously served as a director of several organizations, including the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), which manages California’s power transmission system, and SoftSwitching Technologies, which provides scalable power quality and monitoring solutions. We believe Mr. Budhraja’s qualifications to sit on our Board include his extensive operational knowledge of, and executive level management experience in, the electric power industry. Mr. Budhraja has been a director of our company since 2004.
Arthur H. House, age 74, has been Chief Cybersecurity Risk Officer for the State of Connecticut since October 2016. From June 2012 until October 2016, Mr. House was chairman of the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority. From January 2009 until May 2012, Mr. House served as Director of Communications of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and as head of internal and external communications for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, a combat support agency for the U.S. Department of Defense. From January 2002 until January 2009, he served as Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at Connecticut-based Webster Bank, a bank that provides business and consumer banking, mortgage, insurance, trust and investment services. Mr. House has also previously served in various positions at the World Bank, the National Security Council and the U.S. Senate. We believe Mr. House’s qualifications to sit on our board include his extensive experience in the utility industry, his international business and government relations experience and work in both internal and external corporate communications. Mr. House has been a director of our company since September 2016.
David R. Oliver Jr., age 75, is currently an independent consultant. He served as a strategic advisor, mergers and acquisitions, for European Aeronautic Defense and Space Company North America (EADS NA), a European aerospace corporation, from January 2012 until July 2013. From January 2008 until December 2011, Mr. Oliver served as executive vice president and chief operating officer for EADS NA. Mr. Oliver also served as chief executive officer of the defense division of EADS NA for most of the four years preceding January 2008 except when he was running the EADS portion of the capture effort for the Air Force Tanker program. Before joining EADS NA, Mr. Oliver was stationed in Baghdad as Director of Management and Budget for the Coalition Forces. Prior to that, he served as the United States’ Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology. Mr. Oliver also previously held management positions at both Westinghouse Electric and Northrop Grumman. In the Navy, he commanded diesel and nuclear submarines as well as two submarine groups during the Cold War. His last Navy appointment was as Principal Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition. Rear Admiral (retired) Oliver’s military decorations include the Defense and Navy Distinguished Service Medals as well as six awards of the Legion of Merit. We believe Mr. Oliver’s qualifications to sit on our Board include his extensive leadership, management and budgeting experience gained while serving as a senior officer in the United States Navy and at EADS, NA, and his valuable corporate governance experience gained while serving as a director for other public and private companies. Mr. Oliver has been a director of our company since September 2006.
John W. Wood, Jr., age 73, is lead director on our Board and an independent consultant. He served as chief executive officer of Analogic Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of medical imaging and security systems, from 2003 through 2006. Prior to joining Analogic, he held senior executive positions over a 22-year career at Thermo Electron Corporation. Most recently, Mr. Wood served as president of Peek Ltd., a division of Thermo Electron Corporation, and as a senior vice president of the parent company. He previously served as president and chief executive officer of Thermedics, a subsidiary of Thermo Electron. Mr. Wood is a director of FLIR Systems, Inc., which is a publicly traded company that designs, manufactures and markets thermal imaging infrared cameras, and ESCO Corporation, which is a privately held company that manufactures engineered metal wearparts and components for industrial applications, including mining, construction, power generation and aerospace. He also holds an Executive Masters Director Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors, a national public company director education organization. We believe Mr. Wood’s qualifications to sit on our Board include his extensive executive-level management experience and significant financial experience. Mr. Wood has been a director of our company since December 2006.