MechE alum to become first woman to lead NJ’s largest electric, gas utility

Mechanical engineering alum Kim Hanemann ’86 has been named president of Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G), New Jersey’s largest electric and gas utility, effective June 30, 2021, according to a Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) news release.

Hanneman, currently PSE&G’s senior vice president and chief operating officer, will succeed David M. Daly as president and COO to become the first woman to lead the utility in its 118-year history. Daly will take on an executive advisory role and retire at the end of 2021 after 35 years of service. “I can think of no better person than Kim to lead PSE&G into the future,” Daly said.

In 1986, after earning her BS in mechanical engineering at Lehigh, Hanemann joined PSE&G as an associate engineer. She has held leadership positions in transmission, electric, and gas field operations. She was named to her current role in 2019, where she is responsible for PSE&G’s transmission, electric, gas, and customer operations, as well as the company’s asset management and centralized services organizations. She also oversees execution of the company’s large utility construction projects.   

“Kim is a dedicated and respected leader in the energy industry who has been a champion for PSE&G’s customers and its workforce,” said Ralph Izzo, PSEG chairman, president, and CEO. “She built our Delivery Projects & Construction organization from the ground up, and has been responsible for ensuring the on-time, on-scope and on-budget implementation of the utility's multi-billion dollar transmission investments. Kim’s leadership on these projects helps ensure system reliability across the Northeast, allowing us to maintain safe, reliable service for millions of customers. She is instrumental in the success of our operations.”

Hanneman said she looks forward to working toward the company’s goals around clean energy, “helping customers use energy more efficiently, and providing them with new clean energy options such as electric vehicles and smart meters.”  

Kim Hanemann

Mechanical engineering alum Kim Hanemann ’86 will become president and COO of PSE&G, effective June 30, 2021. (Photo: PSEG)