John W. Rowe is the chairman and chief executive officer of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. Its retail affiliates serve 5.4 million customers in Illinois and Pennsylvania, and its generation affiliate operates the largest fleet of nuclear power plants in the nation.
Rowe is the senior chief executive in the utility industry, having served in such positions since 1984. Rowe has led Exelon since its formation in 2000 through the merger of PECO Energy and the parent of Commonwealth Edison. Rowe previously held chief executive officer positions at the New England Electric System and Central Maine Power Company, served as general counsel of Consolidated Rail Corporation, and was a partner in the law firm of Isham, Lincoln & Beale. Rowe is the past chairman of the Nuclear Energy Institute and the Edison Electric Institute. He was co-chairman of the National Commission on Energy Policy and serves on the Secretary of Energy’s Blue Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, a panel to provide recommendations on managing used nuclear fuel and waste. He is the lead independent director of the Northern Trust Company and a member of the boards of directors of Sunoco and UChicago Argonne LLC. In both 2008 and 2009, Institutional Investor named Rowe the best electric utility CEO in America.
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Dan Pickering is the Co-President of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co., a ~130 person Houston-based energy investment and merchant banking firm with offices in New York, London and Denver. He is the Head of Asset Management and Chief Energy Strategist of TPH Asset Management (TPHAM) and also sits on the investment committee of TPH’s private equity fund, TPH Partners.
Prior to founding TPH with Bobby Tudor, Dan was an engineer and financial analyst with ARCO Alaska, a portfolio manager for Fidelity Investments, managing $1 billion of energy sector funds, Head of Research at Simmons & Company and was a founder of Pickering Energy Partners, Inc. (the predecessor of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co.).
Dan grew up in Missouri and has a BS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Missouri (Rolla) and MBA from the University of Chicago.
Ravi joined NEA—an $11 billion venture capital firm—in February 2004 as a Principal, became a Partner in December 2004 and was named General Partner in 2009. He focuses on information technology investments with special emphasis in energy and growth equity investments. Ravi is on the board of Availink, Boulder Wind Power, Deeya Energy, ISGN Technologies, One Block Off The Grid (1BOG), Soraa, Suniva and ViXS and works closely with GlobalLogic, OANDA, and NEA’s energy portfolio companies. Prior investments include Tele Atlas. Prior to joining NEA, Ravi worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. where he was co-head of the technology practice in their private equity group and led direct, fund, and secondary investments in the areas of information technology and life sciences. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Ravi worked for McKinsey & Company and advised clients in the software, communications, and pharmaceutical sectors on strategy, acquisitions and new business building. Previously, Ravi worked for Raychem Corporation in the Corporate Technology Division where he focused on research and product development in semiconductors, liquid crystals, and other materials systems. Ravi received a master's degree in Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara where he focused his research on materials science applications in molecular electronics, biomaterials, and nanotechnology. Prior to graduate school, Ravi received a BS in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Richard Kauffman joined the U.S. Department of Energy in September 2011, as a Senior Advisor to Energy Secretary Steven Chu.
Prior to joining the Department, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Good Energies, Inc., a leading investor in renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Richard was also a partner of Goldman Sachs where he chaired the Global Financing Group and served as a member of the firm’s Partnership Committee, Commitments Committee and Investment Banking Division Operating Committee. Before joining Goldman Sachs, he served as vice chairman of Morgan Stanley’s Institutional Securities Business and co-head of its Banking Department.
Richard has also served as the chairman of the board of Levi Strauss & Co., as well as on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the Brookings Institution and the Foreign Policy Association. He has been a lecturer in finance and financial accounting at the Yale School of Management and a teaching fellow in foreign policy at Yale College. Richard is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Richard earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Stanford University, a master’s degree in international relations from Yale University and a master’s in public and private management from the Yale School of Management.