July 18, 2019
Stephen J. Callahan joins GridBright as Executive Vice President for Grid Modernization and Chief Marketing Officer
Stephen J. Callahan has joined GridBright as the Executive Vice President for Grid Modernization and Chief Marketing Officer. Over his 35 plus year career in industry management, consulting, and sales he has led the creation of business and technology strategy and implemented complex processes and systems for several top global utility clients spanning the areas of T&D, network operations, Smart Grid, customer operations, finance, and telecommunications networks. Mr. Callahan is a GridWise Alliance (GWA) Board Member and DistribuTECH Advisory Committee member. He is a frequent contributor to industry conferences and publications focusing on electric utility industry transformation.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Callahan was the Vice President of Global Strategy and Solutions for the Energy & Utilities industry within IBM and a member of IBM’s Industry Academy. In that position Mr. Callahan was IBM’s global executive driving IBM’s Energy, Environment, & Utilities (EE&U) industry growth strategy, point of view, solution and offering development, large deal sales support, ecosystem partner relationships, policy, eminence and thought leadership across all IBM business units. Prior to his global role, Mr. Callahan was for fifteen years a Partner for Coopers & Lybrand, PwC and IBM (via successive acquisitions) focused on electric utility restructuring and industry business and technology strategy. He has led numerous large complex process and system implementations. Steve was the lead partner for the implementation of the California ISO and the lead US partner for the IMO in the Provence of Ontario, Canada. He led the creation of the Utility e-procurement consortium Pantellos. Mr. Callahan was a pioneer in the large-scale deployment of AMI technology. As Account Partner, he led several large system integration projects for clients in the domains of real time T&D, financial, asset management/GIS and customer systems in California and Texas.
Prior to IBM, Mr. Callahan held various management positions over a span of fifteen years at Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Company in San Francisco in the areas of commercial and industrial energy management, telecommunications network planning, and financial systems. He held positions of Director of IT Strategy and Budget, Director of Network Planning and was the project manager for PG&E’s implementation of SAP.
Mr. Callahan holds degrees in both Applied Physics and Mechanical Engineering and a certificate in business and technical communication from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta Georgia. He is a registered Professional Engineer and resides in San Francisco, California.