Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation has appointed a local man as president and CEO of the Poughkeepsie-based utility.
Charles A. Freni, of Rhinebeck, will succeed Michael L. Mosher, who has served in the position since 2016, effective Sept. 15, according to the Central Hudson Board of Directors.
“Charlie’s extensive background in utility management and operations makes him an ideal leader for Central Hudson,” said Margarita K. Dilley, chairman of the board. “We are confident that Charlie will guide the organization well and maintain its longstanding commitment to excellent customer service in the Hudson Valley.”
Freni has more than three decades of experience with the company and currently serves as Senior Vice President of Customer Services, Transmission and Distribution Operations. He is responsible for day-to-day operations, including gas and electric transmission and distribution construction and maintenance, meter reading, contact center services, account services and metering. He is also responsible for the company’s energy efficiency and smart grid programs.
He had served previously as the company's senior vice president of Customer Services, as well as its vice president of Engineering and Environmental Affairs.
Active in community service as Chair of the Dutchess County Advisory Board of the Hudson Valley Community Foundation, the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region, HealthQuest and the American Heart Association, he is a resident of Rhinebeck, with his wife, Liz.
He has been recognized nationally for his efforts in leading storm restoration activities following the large Hudson Valley storm emergencies of the last decade and overseeing power restoration to sister utility FortisTCI in Turks and Caicos in 2017 following Hurricane Irma’s devastation.
Freni holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and an MBA from Union College. He will be appointed as a director on the Board of Directors of Central Hudson.
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