Rutland, VT—Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) announces the election of Christopher Root as VELCO’s Chief Operating Officer following a unanimous vote of the company’s Board of Directors on April 3, 2014. With this decision, Mr. Root formally assumes the position he has been serving in for the last two weeks.  “Chris has an impressive track record, with over 30 years of industry experience in senior positions at a much larger New England utility,” said Tom Dunn, VELCO President and CEO.  In his new role, Mr. Root will be responsible for leadership of core company functions such as Operations, Engineering, Project Management, Planning and Asset Maintenance. Added Mr. Dunn,

“Chris is a great addition to our executive team; someone who brings a demonstrated ability to deliver superior operational results and possesses a natural affinity for VELCO’s culture.”

Prior to his arrival at VELCO, Mr. Root served as Senior Vice President of Network Strategy, a branch of National Grid that manages and designs transmission and distribution assets critical to developing jurisdictional strategy, determining revenue requirements and delivering operational support.

Chris Root

Said Mr. Root, “VELCO is a forward-thinking utility with a unique operational structure. The company’s work involves all manner of Vermont stakeholders and demands a collaborative, cost-conscious and environmentally sound approach.  I am grateful to Tom and the VELCO Board for this meaningful opportunity.”

“The VELCO Board was very comfortable supporting Tom’s choice of Chris for his COO,” said Board Chairman Larry Reilly.  He added: “In addition to his operational expertise, Chris will also help further develop VELCO’s management team. It’s a good fit and great hire.”

Mr. Root earned his masters in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor of science in electric engineering from Northeastern University. In 1997, he completed the Program for Management Development of the Harvard University Graduate School of Business. Root has authored, co-authored and presented papers at various utility forums. He was awarded the 2009 Outstanding Engineer Award for initiating and leading the successful renewal of the Boston Chapter of IEEE PES and for his overall contributions to the Power and Energy Society.

Chris and his wife Judy live in Rutland, Vermont, and have three grown children.

Vermont Electric Power Company

VELCO owns  operates, constructs and maintains the high-voltage electric transmission system in Vermont. VELCO is committed to utilizing energy efficiency, power generation and system infrastructure to serve as Vermont’s transmission reliability resource.