George Hawkins, a leading voice for utility innovation, has joined Isle Utilities as Chair of its North American operations, effective immediately. As Chair, George will support the growth of Isle’s services to help assess, identify and implement appropriate innovations to utilities and other end users, and drive new initiatives to elevate Isle’s global brand awareness.
Among George’s numerous accomplishments in public policy and utility management, his tenure as CEO and General Manager at DC Water may be the most recognizable. His leadership focused on internal and external innovation to drive customer value and operational excellence. Through the implementation of innovative technologies and best practices, George sought to achieve better outcomes that drove customer value. His passion and leadership will support Isle’s growing utility driven services related to the identification and adoption of emerging solutions.
“DC Water has been a charter member of an Isle Technical Advisory Group – TAG – for many years,” said George, “and I saw first-hand how valuable it was to have an enterprise get to know us and provide introductions to targeted companies and innovations that have been pre-screened from Isle’s pipeline of more than 4,500 companies. I am delighted to join the effort of enabling Isle to help utilities and many other water users assess and implement innovations to drive performance that can be better, faster, cheaper, and sometimes, all three!”
“We are delighted to welcome George to the Isle family. His excitement for innovative approaches and practical optimism that their application can support utilities to do more for their customers aligns strongly with the role Isle plays in the water sector. This is a moment of celebration for Isle and the customers we serve,” Cristina Ahmadpour, President, Isle Inc.
About Isle Utilities
Isle is a specialist technical consultancy focused on the water sector with a global team of 70+ professionals located in the United States, Australia, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom. Isle helps water utilities/municipalities identify, screen and adopt emerging and novel technologies. Isle has reviewed over 4,500 technical solutions and supports over 200 utilities around the world in their technology adoption and innovation program efforts.
About George Hawkins
George Hawkins launched his leadership and innovation-focused consulting business Moonshot LLC after stepping down as CEO and General Manager of DC Water, where he served for eight years. During his tenure, he became well known across the water sector for transforming DC Water into an innovative, customer-driven enterprise, while tripling its investment in clean water. He also retains an advisory role with DC Water and its non-profit Blue Drop spin-off, which markets products and services developed by the utility. He also serves on the National Infrastructure and Advisory Council, which provides advice to the White House on infrastructure policy. Prior to joining DC Water, Mr. Hawkins was Director of the District of Columbia Department of the Environment and has also served as Executive Director of several non-profit organizations in New Jersey, and previously held senior positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the law firm Ropes & Gray. George is a popular speaker and story-teller on water, infrastructure and environmental issues and seeks every opportunity to interact with both C-suite leaders and front-line personnel. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University and Cum Laude from Harvard Law School and has taught environmental law and policy for the Princeton Environmental Institute since 1999. He has been the recipient of numerous awards for leadership and public service, including Governing Magazine’s Public Official of the Year in 2015 and the US Water Prize in 2016.
SOURCE: Isle Utilities