John McDonald

Director of Technical Strategy & Policy Development, GE Digital Energy

John D. McDonald, P.E., is Director, Technical Strategy and Policy Development for GE Energy Management’s Digital Energy business. John has 40 years of experience in the electric utility industry. John joined GE in 2008 as General Manager, Marketing for GE Energy’s Transmission and Distribution (now Digital Energy) business. In 2010, John accepted his current role of Director, Technical Strategy and Policy Development where he is responsible for setting and driving the vision that integrates GE’s standards participation, and Digital Energy’s industry organization participation, thought leadership activities, regulatory/policy participation, education programs, and product/systems development into comprehensive solutions for customers.

He is a sought-after industry leader, technical expert, educator, and speaker. In his 28 years of Working Group and Subcommittee leadership with the IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) Substations Committee, John led seven Working Groups and Task Forces who published Standards/Tutorials in the areas of distribution SCADA, master/remote terminal unit (RTU) and RTU/IED communications protocols. John was elected to the Board of Governors of the IEEE-SA (Standards Association) for 2010-2011, focusing on long term IEEE Smart Grid standards strategy. John was elected to Chair the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Governing Board for 2010-2012. John is presently Chairman of the Board for SGIP 2.0, Inc., the new member-funded non profit organization.

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