Riggs Named UTC President, CEO
Thursday, June 18, 2020 | Comments

The Utilities Technology Council (UTC) board named Sheryl Riggs president and CEO. Riggs was formerly UTC’s senior vice president of finance and operations and has been serving as interim president and CEO since January.

UTC Board Chairman Greg Angst said the search committee for a new CEO paused in March when the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S.

“The pandemic forced us to think more holistically about the future of UTC, where we are and where we want to be,” Angst said in an email. “Sheryl was integral to these discussions. Despite wearing two hats, Sheryl immersed herself in both roles. And most importantly, she kept UTC financially healthy during the overall economic downturn and ensured that our hard-working staff remained employed. “Over time it became clear that we already had our CEO in place. The staff rallied behind Sheryl as the team never missed a beat; our committees remain strong and engaged. Our meetings have transitioned to the digital world. Our advocacy team has grown and become stronger. And our membership team even added new core utility and associate members.”

The UTC board of directors also extended the terms of its officers for an additional year due to the postponement of UTC’s Annual Telecom and Technology Conference, which will now be held virtually starting the week of Aug. 26.
 
As a result, Chairman Angst, Vice Chairman Kevin Huff of Salt River Project, Secretary/Treasurer Paul Lambert of East River Electric Cooperative and Past Chair Ron Beck of Central Lincoln People’s Utility District will remain in their current capacities until the June 2021 Telecom and Technology Conference.

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