ISO New England announces key management changes in the Information Technology department

ISO New England (ISO-NE) today announced that its vice president of Information and Cyber Security Services Jamshid Afnan is retiring, concluding a 40-year career at ISO-NE and its predecessor, the New England Power Pool (NEPOOL). Rudolf “Rudy” Pawul has been promoted to vice president, Information and Cyber Security Services. These changes are effective April 1, 2021. ISO New England Inc. is the operator of the region’s bulk power system and wholesale electricity markets.

Celebrating Jamshid Afnan’s accomplishments

“Jamshid’s contributions to the ISO have been fundamental to the reliable operation of the region’s power system and wholesale marketplace,” said Vamsi Chadalavada, ISO-NE’s executive vice president and Chief Operating Officer. “Under his leadership, the IT department continually evolved to meet the fast-paced changes in technology and protect against increasingly sophisticated cyber threats. On a personal level, I will miss Jamshid’s support and advice as a colleague, but I wish him much happiness in his retirement.”

“I join Vamsi in wishing Jamshid the very best in his retirement after his long and successful career,” added Gordon van Welie, president and Chief Executive Officer of ISO New England. “Jamshid’s contributions are immeasurable.”

Welcoming Rudy Pawul as VP – Information and Cyber Security Services

“Rudy Pawul has been a member of the ISO’s IT department for more than 20 years and we are pleased to announce his promotion to vice president as part of the senior management team,” announced van Welie

Rudy began his tenure with ISO New England in 1999, when he joined the company as a system administrator at the time the region’s first wholesale power markets were launched. Rudy has taken on increasingly broad assignments since then, including supervisor and then manager of System Support, and IT director, Infrastructure and Enterprise

Support. Most recently, Rudy has been serving as the ISO’s IT director, Development and Power System Support. In this capacity, he has been responsible for supporting the 24×7 energy management and markets systems for New England. Rudy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Union College, a M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and a Master of Business Administration from Western New England University.

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