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Richard to lead energy technology group

Former Mayor Graham Richard has a new high level job.

Richard on Friday was announced as the CEO of Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), which describes itself as a national business organization promoting U.S. companies as global suppliers of innovative energy technologies and services.

“With Graham Richard, AEE will be in good hands,” said company co-founder Tom Steyer, Senior Managing Member of Farallon Capital Management. “Advanced energy is the global market opportunity of our lifetimes, and with Graham Richard at the helm, AEE will work to ensure that U.S. companies and U.S. workers make the most of that opportunity.”

Richard in an email told the Journal Gazette he will be traveling a lot with time spent each month in San Francisco and Washington, plus trying to build chapters of the organization in 15 states.

“This growing industry is in need of a unified voice to help the U.S. capitalize on the global transition to a smarter energy future,” Richard said in a statement.

Richard served as mayor of Fort Wayne from 2000 to 2008, after serving as principle of Graham Richard & Associates and partner in Ruffolo Richard LLC. The company highlighted Richard’s efforts as mayor to use business practices, such as Lean Six Sigma, to turn Fort Wayne city government into a “lean, customer-focused organization and saving taxpayers more than $31 million while improving city services.” In 2007, Richard was named Government Leader of the Year by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

Richard received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Indiana University and earned a B.A. from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Richard was a founding board member of the Clean Economy Network, which merged with AEE last year.

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