Former TVA chairman joins UAI board

From Staff Reports

   Former Tennessee Valley Authority Chairman Craven Crowell has joined the board of directors of Utility Automation Integrators, a Huntsville, Ala.-based solutions provider and systems integrator.
   S.K. Chauhan, chairman and chief executive officer of UAI, said Crowell's presence on the board is a tremendous asset to the company.
   "During his tenure as chairman, Craven's leadership helped TVA successfully face the prospects of deregulation, financial issues and rapid change in the utility industry. We are blessed to have someone of his caliber join UAI as a director and offer insight into how we can best serve utilities across the country," Chauhan said.
   Crowell is the first outsider to join the UAI board. He is the former chairman and current advisory council member for the Electric Power Research Institute in Palo Alto, Calif., serves on the board of EPRI Worldwide, and is the chairman of GCW Consulting.
   Crowell, who was appointed to the TVA board by President Clinton in 1993, served as chairman until his retirement in April 2001. During his eight-year tenure on the board, Crowell focused on preparing TVA for deregulation and competition through upgrade of operational systems and strengthening of its financial standing, including developing a plan to reduce TVA's debt after 35 years of continuous increases.
   Crowell said he is excited about joining UAI. "UAI is providing utilities with the information technology needed to work smarter and more cost-effectively. I truly believe that UAI is establishing itself as a leader in the industry."
   Utility Automation Integrators was founded in 1994 as a utility system integration firm dedicated to providing electrical engineering and GIS/GPS consulting software services.