Chris Hermann selected as convocation speaker
The Distinguished Alumnus, Chris Hermann, is the convocation speaker at Speed School of Engineering's commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at 3:15 p.m. at the Kentucky Fairgrounds and Expo Center.
Mr. Hermann is Senior Vice President, Energy Delivery, and a member of the board of directors for E.ON U.S. LLC, a subsidiary of E.ON AG, the world’s largest investor-owned energy services provider based in Düsseldorf, Germany. Hermann leads the strategic and operational management of E.ON U.S.’s natural gas and electric distribution operations and retail businesses, which serve 1.2 million customers in Kentucky and Virginia. In addition, he oversees the company’s interests in two natural gas companies in Argentina. The energy industry recognizes Mr. Hermann as a leader in safety best practices as his organization’s safety performance is among the best in the United States and the world. In March 2006, American Gas magazine featured Mr. Hermann in a cover story pertaining to his outstanding leadership of and commitment to safety.
Mr. Hermann began his career at Louisville Gas and Electric in 1966 as a summer college worker, returned for engineering co-op assignments from 1967 through 1969, and joined the company full time in 1970 as a plant staff engineer. He advanced to plant manager in 1978 and was named to successively more responsible senior management positions. In December 2000, Mr. Hermann became Senior Vice President, Distribution Operations, and was named to his current position in February 2003.
During his career, Mr. Hermann has successfully managed several special assignments, including leading the merger transition of former subsidiaries LG&E Energy and KU Energy Corp., and the operational transition following the company’s acquisition by the United Kingdom’s former Powergen plc. He also chaired E.ON AG’s Distribution Best Practices Team. Locally, Mr. Hermann is known well for his leadership of power restoration efforts, most notably following the September 2008 wind storm and the January 2009 ice storm, the commonwealth’s most devastating natural disasters.
Mr. Hermann includes among his civic activities service on the Board of Industrial Advisors of the University of Louisville J. B. Speed School of Engineering. He chairs that board’s Operating Committee. He also is on the board of Lutheran Family Services, the Kentucky State Parks Foundation and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce as well as the chamber’s executive committee. In addition, Mr. Hermann serves on the Metro United Way cabinet and coordinates his congregation’s work with Thrivent Builds and Habitat for Humanity.
Professionally, Mr. Hermann is on the board of the Southern Gas Association and American Gas Association and serves on the AGA Safety Task Force and Strategic Planning Committee. He also is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Mr. Hermann received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Louisville in 1970, and he has completed programs at Duke University, Harvard University, Edison Electric Institute and the E.ON Academy.