In the US, the Utilities Telecom Council (UTC) announced yesterday the sudden and unexpected death of its president and CEO Connie Durcsak.
In a statement, UTC paid tribute to Ms Durcsak, who was appointed president and CEO of UTC in 2011.
The council said that under her leadership, UTC expanded the depth and breadth of its global membership, and increased its advocacy and information to include a range of new issues.
Durcsak set a new vision for UTC as the source and resource for the industry on all matters related to communications and information technologies for utilities, pipeline companies and other critical infrastructure industries, said a spokesperson.
"Her professional leadership on utility industry issues such as spectrum management, cybersecurity and utility modernization combined with her ability to set the strategic direction of utility advocacy efforts has moved the whole industry forward."
She was responsible for the strategic and day‐to‐day activity of all of UTC’s operating units and interests and was a voting member of the Executive Committee and officer of UTC’s Board of Directors.
Durcsak joined UTC from the Personal Communications Industry Association (PCIA) where she served as senior director of Industry Services responsible for setting the strategic direction of the association’s public policy programme at the national, state and local levels. Before joining PCIA, Durcsak served as a principal consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP.
She earned a Master’s degree in Business from Marymount University and a BA and BEd from Acadian University in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Durcsak was recently honoured by Fierce Energy as one of the 15 most influential people in energy.
Ron Taylor, chairman of the board of UTC, said: “Connie was a strong leader, a great visionary and an outstanding wife, mother, friend and mentor.
“We are all in a state of shock at this unbelievable loss.”
CFO Steve Vick has been named as interim CEO.