Christodoulou confirmed for his place at the BPU
Zenon Christodoulou, a highly regarded academic and business leader, joined the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities after his nomination was approved by the state Senate last week.
Christodoulou, who holds a doctorate from Pace University Lubin School of Business in management science, an MBA from Fordham University in international finance and management, and a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in economics and philosophy, replaces Upendra Chivukula.
His appointment comes at a critical time for the BPU, one of the most important state government agencies. The BPU has implemented Governor Phil Murphy’s clean energy initiative with a goal of 100% clean energy by 2050, and commissioners are focused on deciding the direction of key programs in the offshore wind, energy efficiency, and solar and electric vehicles, as well as the board’s primary role as regulator of state utilities.
BPU President Joe Fiordaliso welcomed Christodoulou.
“Zenon will be an important voice in the room as we fulfill our core mission of providing safe, reliable and affordable service to our ratepayers and continue to work towards Governor Murphy’s goal of having 100% energy clean by 2050,” he said. “This summer’s extreme weather reminds us that the severe impacts of climate change are upon us.
Christodoulou said he was ready to go.
“I look forward to contributing to the many wonderful initiatives the council is currently undertaking and those yet to be developed,” he said. “It’s critically important that we remain mindful of the impact our policies have on New Jersey ratepayers, while fostering an environment that supports the clean energy revolution.”
Christodoulou has had a long and distinguished career in business and academia. He has been a management consultant in various industries and has owned successful businesses in the print manufacturing, graphic design, restaurant and media industries. Additionally, he teaches as an adjunct professor at William Paterson University, training undergraduate and graduate business students in areas as diverse as organizational behavior, innovation, economics, and business development. strategies. He is also a board member of Raritan Valley College.
Christodoulou was nominated for the position in April, along with Maria Rodriguez-Gregg, director of government relations and community affairs at Montclair State University. The Murphy administration supports Rodriguez-Gregg’s nomination, but it is unclear when it will be heard by the Legislative Assembly.