Board of Trustees
Eversource's Board of Trustees oversees the business affairs and management of the company. The Board currently consists of 12 Trustees, only one of whom, James J. Judge, our Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, is a member of management.
Below is a brief summary of each Trustees experience, qualifications, attributes or skills that led to them being elected to the Board.
John S. Clarkeson
Mr. Clarkeson is Chairman Emeritus of The Boston Consulting Group, Inc. He is a director of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a former trustee of the Educational Testing Service, a trustee emeritus of the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization, Inc., and a member of the INSEAD Advisory Council.
Mr. Clarkeson received graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College, where he was a Harvard National Scholar. He also received a Master of Business Administration degree Harvard Business School.
Cotton M. Cleveland
Ms. Cleveland is President of Mather Associates. She is a director of The National Grange Mutual Insurance Company and Ledyard National Bank, and was the founding executive director of the state-wide Leadership New Hampshire program.
She served as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation in 2016. She has served as the Moderator of the Town of New London, New Hampshire and The New London/Springfield Water Precinct.
Ms. Cleveland has also served as chair, vice chair and a member of the Board of Trustees of the University System of New Hampshire, co-chair of the Governor’s Commission on New Hampshire in the 21st Century, and an incorporator for the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
She is a certified and practicing Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian ad Litem (CASA/GAL) volunteer for abused and neglected children. Ms. Cleveland graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Hampshire's Whittemore School of Business and Economics.
Sanford Cloud, Jr.
Mr. Cloud is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Cloud Company, LLC.. Mr. Cloud has served as past president and chief executive officer of the National Conference for Community and Justice, as a partner at the law firm of Robinson and Cole, and as Vice President of Corporate Public Involvement and Executive Director of the Aetna Foundation, and served for two terms as a state senator within the State of Connecticut.
Mr. Cloud is a director of The Phoenix Companies, Inc., the MetroHartford Alliance, Inc. and Ironwood Mezzanine Fund, L.P. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Connecticut and is a director of its Thomas J. Dodd Center for Human Rights, and is chairman of the University of Connecticut Health Center. Mr. Cloud is Lead Trustee on the Eversource Board.
Mr. Cloud received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University, graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor degree from the Howard University Law School, and a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from the Hartford Seminary.
James S. Distasio
Mr. DiStasio served as Senior Vice Chairman and Americas Chief Operating Officer at Ernst & Young, a registered public accounting firm, until his retirement in 2007. He also served as a director of EMC Corporation.
He previously served as a director of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and as a trustee of Catholic Charities of Boston, the Boston Public Library Foundation and the Wang Center for the Performing Arts.
Mr. DiStasio received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Francis A. Doyle
Mr. Doyle is President and Chief Executive Officer of Connell Limited Partnership. Prior to that, he was vice chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where he was Global Technology Leader and a member of the firm’s Global Leadership Team.
He is a director, chairman of the audit committee and a member of the executive committee, nominating and governance committee, and investment committee of Liberty Mutual Holding Company, Inc. He served as lead director, chairman of the audit committee and a member of the executive and compensation committees of Tempur Sealy International, Inc.
Mr. Doyle served as a director of Citizens Financial Group, where he was a member of the executive committee and chaired the compensation committee, as a trustee of the Joslin Diabetes Center, where he chaired the finance committee, and as a trustee of Boston College.
Mr. Doyle is a certified public accountant and holds both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston College.
Charles K. Gifford
Mr. Gifford is Chairman Emeritus of Bank of America Corporation, a bank holding company. He served as Chairman of Bank of America Corporation prior to his retirement in 2005, and as a director until 2016.
He is the Chairman of the BPE (formerly Boston Plan for Excellence) and was the founding chairman of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay's “Success By 6” initiative. He serves as a director of CBS Corporation, The General Hospital Corporation, Massachusetts General Hospital, Partners HealthCare System, Inc., Dana Farber/Partners Cancer Care, Red Sox Foundation, and Nantucket Cottage Hospital, and is an honorary Life Overseer at the Boston Children’s Hospital. He is an honorary past chairman of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Gifford received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University.
James J. Judge
Mr. Judge is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eversource Energy. He also is chairman and a director of The Connecticut Light and Power Company, NSTAR Electric Company, NSTAR Gas Company, Public Service Company of New Hampshire, Western Massachusetts Electric Company and Yankee Gas Services Company.
Previously, Mr. Judge was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Eversource Energy, and Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and a director of The Connecticut Light and Power Company, NSTAR Electric Company, NSTAR Gas Company, Public Service Company of New Hampshire, Western Massachusetts Electric Company and Yankee Gas Services Company from April 2012 until May 2016.
Mr. Judge also serves as a director of Analogic Corporation and as chairman of its audit committee, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Edison Electric Institute and the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership. Mr. Judge graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Business Administration from Babson College.
Paul A. La Camera
Mr. La Camera served as the Administrator of Public Radio for WBUR, the National Public Radio news station in Boston (Boston University).
Previously, Mr. La Camera served as General Manager of WBUR and as the President and General Manager of WCVB-TV Channel 5 Boston. He serves as vice chairman of the board of the Boston Foundation and as a trustee of the Boston Public Library.
Mr. La Camera is a graduate of the College of Holy Cross, where he served as a trustee for eight years. He received Master's Degrees in Journalism and Urban Studies from Boston University and a Master of Business Administration from Boston College.
Kenneth R. Leibler
Mr. Leibler is Vice Chairman of the Board and a trustee of The Putnam Mutual Funds. He is a trustee emeritus of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and served as a trustee and vice chairman of Beth Israel Medical Center. He is also a director of Beth Israel Deaconess Care Organization.
He is a founding partner of the Boston Options Exchange and served as its chairman from 2004 to February 2007. He is a past vice chairman of the Board of Directors of ISO New England, Inc., the independent operator of New England’s bulk electric transmission system. He also served as a director of The Ruder Finn Group.
Mr. Leibler graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Syracuse University.
William C. Van Faasen
Mr. Van Faasen is Chairman Emeritus of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA). He served as Chief Executive Officer of BCBSMA from 1992 until his retirement in 2007 and also served as interim Chief Executive Officer in 2010.
He is a director of Liberty Mutual Holding Company, Inc. and currently serves as Lead Director. He has served as a director of IMS Health, Inc. and PolyMedica Corporation. He is an honorary director of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and previously served as a director of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley.
Mr. Van Faasen received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hope College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Michigan State University.
Frederica M. Williams
Ms. Williams is President and Chief Executive Officer of Whittier Street Health Center in Boston. Prior to joining Whittier, she served as the Senior Vice President of Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer of the Dimock Center.
Ms. Williams is a member of the Board of Trustees of Dana Farber Cancer Institute, the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers and Boston Health Net. She is a fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors, a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum, International Women’s Forum and Women Business Leaders of the U.S. Health Care Industry Foundation.
Ms. Williams attended the London School of Accountancy, passed the examinations of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Financial Administrators, (United Kingdom) (ICSA) and of the Institute of Administrative Management (United Kingdom), with distinction, and was elected a Fellow of the ICSA in 2000.
She received a graduate certificate in Administration and Management from the Harvard University Extension School and a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Anna Maria College.
Dennis R. Wraase
Mr. Wraase served as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Pepco Holdings, Inc. until his retirement in June 2009. He is a member of the Financial Executives Institute and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Mr. Wraase serves as the Executive-In-Residence at the Center for Social Value Creation at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. He is also a director of the University of Maryland System Foundation. Mr. Wraase previously served as a director of the Edison Electric Institute, The Association of Edison Illuminating Companies and the Institute for Electric Efficiency, and as the president of the Southeastern Electric Exchange.
Mr. Wraase received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science degree in Business Financial Management from The George Washington University.