UTC Taps Thormeyer as Director of Communications, Advocacy

WASHINGTON – The Utilities Technology Council (UTC) has hired Rob Thormeyer as its first Director of Communications and Advocacy. Thormeyer, who started Aug. 29, will be responsible for media relations, messaging, and developing a strategic communications plan for the organization that will be a critical component of UTC’s advocacy efforts.

UTC is the global association at the nexus of the energy, utility and telecommunications industries. Representing critical energy and water providers, UTC advocates for the information and communications technology (ICT) needed for the safe and reliable delivery of these vital services.

Reporting to Sharla Artz, UTC’s Vice President of Government Affairs, Policy and Cybersecurity, Thormeyer will help lead outreach to the press, allied associations, and key D.C. stakeholders. “This is such a dynamic time to be involved in the energy and telecommunications sectors,” said Artz. “We are thrilled to bring Rob on board as we increase our public outreach and presence in Washington and throughout the country.”

Prior to joining UTC, Thormeyer served as Strategic Advisor to former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) member Colette Honorable. In that position, he was the Commissioner’s primary contact with the public, media and stakeholder community. Before serving at FERC, Thormeyer was the Communications Director at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, the association representing state energy and telecommunications regulators. Previously, he was a reporter for eight years, covering energy and IT issues at various publications.

“UTC and its members fulfill a critical role in assuring safe and reliable energy and water delivery,” Thormeyer said. “Water and energy providers need access to ICT networks to upgrade, repair, and restore their systems. I look forward to broadening awareness of these issues, particularly as new technologies change how we use these essential services.”

About UTC

The Utilities Technology Council (UTC) is the global association dedicated to serving critical infrastructure providers. Through advocacy, education and collaboration, UTC creates a favorable business, regulatory and technology environment for our members who own or operate Information and Communication Technology systems in support of their core business. For more information: UTC.org

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