With over 40 years of utility experience in senior leadership positions, Budney brings to our board of directors extensive knowledge in managing the operations of a utility company and the complexities that arise from operating in a highly regulated industry. He has acquired considerable board experience in utility industry mergers and acquisitions, having served as a director of Niagara Mohawk Holdings when it was acquired by National Grid. Furthermore, he was serving as a director of WPS Resources Corp. when it purchased Peoples Energy Corp. and changed its name to Integrys Energy Group, which has since been acquired by WEC Energy Group. With respect to environmental issues, Budney brings to the board insights he gained while president of Niagara Mohawk Holdings, where the vice president of Environmental Affairs was among his direct reports. Budney applied this experience as a founding member of the Environmental Committee of the board at Integrys Energy Group. Having also served as the chair of the Corporate Governance Committee and lead director of Integrys Energy Group, Budney’s broad knowledge in governance, customer service and corporate management matters is very valuable to the board in carrying out its oversight in these areas.
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