Conn. utility exec named next PSNH president

Bill Quinlan replaces longtime PSNH exec Gary Long

Bill Quinlan, a senior vice president of Connecticut Light & Power, has been named the new president and chief operating officer of Public Service of New Hampshire, the state’s largest electric utility.

He succeeds Gary Long, who stepped down earlier this summer after 13 years in the post to fill a newly created position at PSNH’s parent company to focus on developing the Northern Pass power project under consideration in northern New Hampshire.

Quinlan is currently senior vice president of emergency preparedness for Connecticut Light and Power, which, like PSNH, is owned by Northeast Utilities. In his job at CL&P, Quinlan was responsible for leading the company’s preparation and response to emergencies and served as CL&P’s executive spokesperson during Superstorm Sandy and overseeing improvements in Connecticut storm response, the company said.

“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 chief operating officer, in a press release. “He has an incredible depth of knowledge of our industry and an enthusiasm for continuously improving the efficiency and reliability of the electric system.”

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