NECEC Welcomes Executives from Nexamp and Veolia to Board of Directors

NECEC (Northeast Clean Energy Council and the NECEC Institute) announced the election of two new board members: Zaid Ashai, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Nexamp and John Gibson, President and Chief Operating Officer, Municipal & Commercial business of Veolia North America. Gibson will serve on the board of the Northeast Clean Energy Council, while Ashai joins the board of both the Northeast Clean Energy Council and NECEC Institute.

“NECEC is thrilled to welcome Zaid Ashai and John Gibson to our board of directors,” said NECEC President Peter Rothstein. “As CEO of Nexamp and President of Veolia North America’s Municipal and Commercial business respectively, Zaid and John bring years of clean energy and innovation leadership to the table. We look forward to working with them to grow the region’s clean energy industry and drive additional impact towards our mission.”

"I’m honored to join the board of both the Northeast Clean Energy Council and the NECEC Institute,” said Ashai. “I look forward to working alongside my fellow directors to further advance NECEC’s mission and to make significant contributions to our region’s innovative energy economy."

Ashai leads Nexamp having previously overseen the company as General Partner at Point Judith Capital. Prior to joining Nexamp, he specialized in investments in next-generation energy efficiency technologies at Good Energies, a global clean technology venture capital firm. Ashai has also served as a judge and mentor for Cleantech Open Northeast, one of NECEC’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship programs.

“Our two organizations have aligned visions for the importance of clean, efficient energy supply and the value of innovative technology and creative thinking in moving the clean energy industry forward,” said Gibson. “I look forward to working alongside other board members in support of this mission and advancing clean energy policies and practices.”

Gibson leads Veolia North America’s Municipal and Commercial business, which provides sustainable, reliable water and energy solutions to hundreds of communities and commercial institutions in North America. He previously served as Senior Vice President for the South Region of Veolia, supporting water, wastewater, and energy operations in the southern United States. An employee of Veolia since 1994, Gibson brings over 25 years of experience in utility management and operations to the board of the Northeast Clean Energy Council.


NECEC is the premier voice of businesses building a world-class clean energy hub in the Northeast, helping clean energy companies start, scale and succeed with our unique business, innovation and policy leadership. NECEC includes the Northeast Clean Energy Council (a nonprofit business member organization), and NECEC Institute (a nonprofit focused on industry research, innovation, policy development and communications initiatives). NECEC brings together business leaders and key stakeholders to engage in influential policy discussions and business initiatives while building connections that propel the clean energy industry forward.

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