GridLiance Announces New President & CEO, New CFO and Headquarters Move to Texas

GridLiance also announces establishment of two new groups:
Corporate Development and Regulatory & Corporate Services

Dallas, TX, (November 16, 2017) – GridLiance today announced that J. Calvin Crowder has been named President & CEO and the hiring of Alison Zimlich as the new Chief Financial Officer. The company also announced completion of its headquarters move to Dallas, Texas.  

In making the announcement, Crowder, who had been serving in an acting capacity as president & CEO since June, expressed his appreciation to the Board of Directors. “I appreciate the Board’s confidence in me and am grateful to be surrounded by a team of professionals that will help our company continue with our robust growth,” said Crowder. “I am also grateful to be joined by our new CFO, Alison Zimlich, who brings a tremendous amount of talent and expertise to GridLiance.”

In addition to naming Crowder and Zimlich to their new roles, GridLiance announced that the company has moved its headquarters to Texas. “Our move to the Dallas area will facilitate the company’s growth plan and will further align the location of our resources with our assets,” concluded Crowder.

GridLiance also announced that the company has consolidated the development team under the leadership of Senior Vice President Justin M. Campbell, who has been named Chief Development Officer. “The new organization ensures our development team members can pursue opportunities according to their strengths and expertise, regardless of location,” Campbell explained.

The regulatory policy, compliance, communications and information technology teams of GridLiance will now be consolidated into a single new department led by Trent A. Carlson, whose new title is Vice President, Regulatory and Corporate Services. 

Crowder brings 25 years of electric utility industry experience to GridLiance, including expertise developing long-term transmission expansion, regulatory and legislative approval plans, as well as strong relationships with Regional Transmission Organization officials and state and federal regulators.

Prior to joining GridLiance in 2016, Crowder served in roles of increasing responsibility at American Electric Power (AEP), one of the largest electric utilities in the U.S. Most recently, Crowder served as President of Electric Transmission Texas, LLC (ETT). As President of ETT, he led the establishment of AEP’s first transmission joint venture, with Berkshire Hathaway Energy, and its growth to $3 billion in assets. Prior to AEP, Crowder held a variety of executive and policy leadership roles at Central and South West Corporation (CSW). 

Zimlich joins GridLiance as Chief Financial Officer after serving as CFO for the past four years at Panda Power Funds, during which time she oversaw the financial functions and reporting of the firm’s portfolio of 6 gigawatts of gas-fired power generation facilities in Texas, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Prior to that, Zimlich spent 17 years at AES Corporation, where she served in a variety of finance and business development roles, including CFO for AES’s North America Generation division with revenues of $1.5 billion in the United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico. She started her career with EY (formerly Ernst & Young, LLP). Zimlich is a licensed Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Financial Executives International. 

Campbell joined GridLiance earlier this year. He previously worked for Edison International, where most recently, he was Vice President of Edison Transmission, LLC, a subsidiary formed to pursue opportunities in transmission nationwide. He also held roles in Edison International’s strategic planning group and in Southern California Edison’s Transmission and Distribution Business Unit. 

Carlson joined GridLiance in 2014 as Vice President – Regulatory and Compliance, after serving as a vice president for nearly four years at JP Morgan and nearly 10 years as a vice president at Reliant Energy, Inc.  Before joining Reliant, Carlson also served as a director of Operations Support and Training at the California Independent System Operator.

About GridLiance
Incorporated in 2014, GridLiance’s core business model is to partner with municipalities, public power agencies and electric cooperatives to increase system reliability and lower costs. GridLiance’s differentiated operating model provides its partners with new opportunities to invest in regulated transmission projects or rely on GridLiance to plan and construct transmission for their benefit. GridLiance currently operates over 400 miles of transmission lines and related substation facilities in Oklahoma and 160 miles of 230 kV transmission lines and related facilities in southern Nevada, under the control of the California Independent System Operator. GridLiance has long-term partnerships with utilities operating in Missouri, Oklahoma, Nevada and Kansas, and is negotiating new arrangements with utilities in several other states. For more information about GridLiance, please visit