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National trade association recognizes PNM CEO with ‘Distinguished Leadership Award’


The country’s oldest and largest electric utility trade association awarded PNM CEO Pat Vincent-Collawn with the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI’s) Distinguished Leadership Award. This award recognizes Vincent-Collawn for her ongoing contributions to the electric power industry.


EEI President Tom Kuhn said, “Pat is an exceptional leader whose vision, expertise, and actions continually elevate our industry and help ensure we are meeting the changing needs of our customers, our communities, and our workforce.”


PNM CEO Vincent-Collawn has been an industry leader on major policy issues, such as tax reform, wildfire mitigation, and climate change. Under Vincent-Collawn’s leadership, this last April PNM became the first U.S. owned investor-owned utility to set the earliest 100% emissions-free goal at the time.


In 2017, Vincent-Collawn served as the first female chair of the Edison Electric Institute. EEI represents utilities that operate in 90 countries and all 50 states which provide electricity for about 220 million Americans and support more than 7 million jobs across the United States.


During her tenure as EEI Chair, Vincent-Collawn promoted the benefits of leveraging smart communities to improve sustainability and economic development.


“Every community has the opportunity to benefit from smarter technologies, and Pat has helped the industry lead the conversations on the ongoing electrification of our economy through investments in smarter energy infrastructure,” said American Electric Power Chairman, President, and CEO Nick Akins.


Vincent-Collawn also advocated for peer utilities to build a more inclusive workforce that embraces the unique diversity of the communities they serve. She hosted the industry’s first-ever diversity and inclusion forum and led the development of a formal Diversity and Inclusion Commitment.


Having joined PNM in 2007, Vincent-Collawn became CEO of PNM Resources in 2010. Pat is currently the chair of the Electric Power Research Institute, a nonprofit center for public interest energy and environmental research. She also serves as the chair of the New Mexico Partnership to promote businesses locating and expanding in New Mexico. She is the former chair of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, the Kirtland Partnership Committee, and the United Way of Central New Mexico.


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