BOSTON — Northeast Utilities has appointed Bill Quinlan as president and CEO of Public Service of New Hampshire. He replaces Gary Long, who stepped down as PSNH president Aug. 1 to focus on the Northern Pass hydroelectric project.
Quinlan will be responsible for the construction, operation and maintenance of PSNH’s infrastructure, as well as the safe and reliable delivery of electricity to its more than 500,000 customers, according to a company announcement on Thursday.
Quinlan is the senior vice president of emergency preparedness for Connecticut Light and Power and was responsible for leading the company’s preparation and response to emergencies. He also served as CL&P’s executive spokesman during Superstorm Sandy and was instrumental in achieving improvements in Connecticut storm response.
“Bill has been a valuable part of the NU family for 29 years. He has been successful in many leadership roles with the company and has a proven track record of operational excellence at CL&P,” said Lee Olivier, NU’s CEO.
Quinlan earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering at Villanova University, a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Haven and a law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Two other executives were named to new roles within NU’s electric operating companies.
Peter Clarke, current Western Massachusetts Electric Company president and CEO, has been named senior vice president of emergency preparedness for NU.
Craig Hallstrom, president of NSTAR Electric, will now serve as president for WMECo and NSTAR Electric and will be in charge of electric operations for NU’s 1.3 million customers in Massachusetts.