Jan 20, 2020
Central Hudson Appoints Chief Technology Officer

(Poughkeepsie, NY) A skilled technology leader with broad industry experience has joined Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation as its Chief Technology Officer. Donna Kladis will lead the energy company’s information technology transformation, including hardware, software, cybersecurity and digital strategy.

“We’re excited to welcome Donna to head our Information Technology group, and we are confident that she will lead a digital transformation that will benefit our customers,” said Charles A. Freni Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer. “In our rapidly evolving utility industry, Donna’s background and experience in leveraging advancements in information technology will enhance our operations, improve system efficiencies and strengthen cybersecurity as we strive to meet and exceed the expectations of our customers.”

Kladis most recently served as Chief Information Officer of Techtronic Industries, a leader in power tools with popular brands including Ryobi, Rigid, Stok and Hart, where she was responsible for all business and enterprise applications, including development of a modernization plan and strategic roadmap. She previously served as Vice President, Global Transformation at Estee Lauder, where she led their global team in implementing technology solutions. Her prior experience also includes IT-related roles at Warner Music, PepsiCo, Diageo and the Associated Press.

“Technology advancements are revolutionizing the way companies such as Central Hudson connect with customers,” Kladis said. “There has never been a better time to leverage digital capabilities to maximize customer satisfaction and enhance their experience.”

Kladis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Computer Studies from Pace University.

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Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation, a subsidiary of Fortis Inc., is an energy delivery company headquartered in Poughkeepsie, New York. The utility serves approximately 300,000 electric and 80,000 natural gas customers in eight counties of New York State’s Mid-Hudson River Valley, delivering natural gas and electricity in a 2,600-square-mile service territory that extends north from the suburbs of metropolitan New York City to the Capital District around Albany.