- Grid Solutions’ chief technology officer to represent GE as trade association’s vice-president of innovation
- Vera Silva is the first woman on T&D Europe’s executive committee
- T&D Europe is the association of European technology providers for the power transmission and distribution industry
Paris, FRANCE — April 23, 2020 — GE Renewable Energy’s Grid Solutions business (NYSE:GE) announced today that its chief technology officer Vera Silva will represent GE as vice-president of innovation at T&D Europe.
T&D Europe is the European association of the electricity transmission and distribution equipment and services industry. The companies represented by T&D Europe account for a production worth more than 25 billion euros and employ more than 200,000 people in Europe.
Ms. Silva succeeds Schneider Electric’s Yann Fromont, T&D Europe’s new president, and is the first woman on the non-profit association’s executive committee since its founding 12 years ago.
In her role as vice president and member of the executive committee, Ms. Silva will drive the innovation agenda for the grid of the future and represent T&D Europe in external discussions with political institutions and relevant stakeholders in the T&D industry arena. Her responsibilities will cover areas such as digital platforms, cybersecurity, renewables integration and new flexibility sources.
“We are delighted to have Vera Silva join us as the new vice-president for innovation and look forward to working with her in future-proofing Europe electricity network,” said Diederik Peereboom, Secretary General at T&D Europe.
At GE, Ms. Silva leads a Grid Solutions team of 3,400 engineers in more than 20 countries around the world. Under her leadership, the engineering team is responsible for researching, designing and producing world-class products and solutions for customers around the globe.
“Innovation in the transmission and distribution world will be key to accelerating the energy transition. I feel very honored by the trust of T&D Europe in my ability to drive its innovation agenda in cooperation with key stakeholders. Teamwork will be essential to building the grid of the future, and I am fully committed to taking on an active role,” said Ms. Silva.
With more than 20 years of experience, Ms. Silva is a respected industry leader and author of four books and more than 40 published scientific papers. She was recognized as “Engineer of the Year” in 2016 by the IEEE Power and Energy Society and received the ESIG annual achievement award in 2016 for her contribution in the field of renewables integration to power systems.
Ms. Silva has a PhD in electrical and electronic engineering from Imperial College London and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Porto, Portugal. Originally from Portugal, she is based in Paris and has been living in England and France for the best part of 15 years. She is fluent in Portuguese, English, French and Spanish.