Carlson joins Green Mountain Power as Terry prepares to retire

09 December 2013

COLCHESTER, Vt.  – With the impending retirement of longtime Green Mountain Power communications executive Steve Terry at year’s end, Kristin Carlson will join GMP as director of media Jan. 6.  Carlson, an award-winning journalist and co-anchor of “The 30” on WCAX and senior political reporter, will lead the company’s efforts to develop new communications strategies to improve the customer experience.

“Steve Terry brought decades of communications experience to the company when he joined Green Mountain Power in 1985,” President and CEO Mary Powell said.  “While it will be impossible to fill Steve’s shoes, Kristin has similar skills and experience, and shares our commitment to clear, open and transparent communications.  She will be integral to our effort to expand customer communications opportunities and channels, create deeper and more routine communications by maximizing all forms of social and traditional media, and ensure direct, honest communications with all of our stakeholders.”

Carlson, who has spent her entire career at WCAX since graduating from Syracuse University in 1999, said leaving journalism was a difficult choice, but GMP’s vision and leadership inspired her decision.

“I’ve dealt with hundreds of companies as a journalist, and I’ve always found GMP to be accessible, direct and responsive, in good times and bad, which is critically important to the public and media,” Carlson said.  “Combine that with the company’s national leadership on solar development, climate change and innovation, and I see a company that is making a difference for Vermont and the nation.”

Terry, 71, started at GMP in 1985, retired from the company in 2006, and served as a consultant to the company for the next six years.  He returned to GMP full time in early 2012, with plans to stay two years.

“I am extremely proud of the company and its role in Vermont, but it is time for me to spend a little less time working,” Terry said.  “I couldn’t think of a better person to hand over many of my responsibilities to than Kristin.”

Terry was formerly the managing editor of the Rutland Herald and legislative assistant to U.S. Sen. George Aiken.  Carlson won the 2010 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award Silver Baton for a series of stories titled “Foreigners on the Farm.”  She has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards for broadcast journalism since 2008.
“I am simply thrilled that Kristin will bring her expertise to help build the intellectual muscle and innovative skills of our leadership team,” Powell said.  “We want to create the best small company in the United States. To do that, even as we shrink the company over time, we must always recruit and refresh our talent pool with highly skilled professionals from other business sectors – and nothing is more important than good, open communication.”

About Green Mountain Power
Green Mountain Power (www.greenmountainpower.com) generates, transmits, distributes and sells electricity in the state of Vermont. The company, which serves more than 250,000 customers, is the Solar Electric Power Association’s 2013 Utility of the Year, and has set its vision to be the best small company in America. 

 Contact: Dorothy Schnure, Green Mountain Power (802) 655-8418