Merit Network Announces a Vice President of Strategic Initiatives: Ann Arbor-based Merit Network Inc. announced Wednesday that David Gift has accepted the position of vice president of strategic initiatives. Gift’s primary role will be to lead Merit’s new initiatives that develop as a result of Merit’s expanding ability to serve Michigan and its members statewide. Gift most recently served as the CIO, vice provost for libraries and IT services, and adjunct assistant professor of radiology at Michigan State University. Gift holds degrees in physics and computer science, and is an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow of the MIT Sloan School of Management. In addition to his responsibilities at Michigan State University, Gift has served as the past chair and current member of the Merit Board of Directors. Gift has also served as a board member for the Council on Library and Information Resources, Peckham Vocational Industries Inc., Internet2 Network Architecture, Operations and Policy Program Advisory Group, CIC Chief Information Officers Group, and CIC Shared Digital Repository Steering Committee. Merit Network, a nonprofit corporation owned and governed by Michigan’s public universities, owns and operates America’s longest-running regional research and education network. Since its formation in 1966, Merit Network has remained on the forefront of research and education networking expertise and services. Merit provides high-performance networking solutions to Michigan’s public universities, colleges, K-12 organizations, libraries, state government, healthcare, and other non-profit organizations. More at www.merit.edu.
ITC Holdings Corp. Appoints Thomas G. Stephens to Board of Directors: ITC Holdings Corp. (NYSE: ITC) has appointed Thomas G. Stephens to its board of directors as an independent board member, effective Nov. 8. This appointment fills a vacant position on the company’s 10-member board. Stephens is retired vice chairman and global chief technology officer of General Motors Co. He was a member of GM’s executive committee and reported to CEO Daniel Akerson. Stephens previously served as vice chairman of global product operations and oversaw GM’s global purchasing organization. Stephens began his career with GM in 1969 as an hourly employee at the Chevrolet Engineering Center in Warren, under the University of Michigan’s student co-op program. Upon graduation, he became a junior engineer at the Cadillac Motor Car Division in Detroit. He went on to serve in various engineering and management positions and was elected a GM vice president in 1994. Stephens was named group vice president for GM Global Powertrain in 2001. His responsibilities were expanded to group vice president, GM Global Powertrain and Global Quality in 2007. He was promoted to executive vice president of GM Global Powertrain and Global Quality in 2008. Mr. Stephens was named vice chairman, Global Product Development and Global Product Operations for General Motors Company in 2009. He was appointed vice chairman and global chief technology officer in 2011. Stephens retired from General Motors on April 1, 2012. ITC Holdings is the nation’s largest independent electric transmission company. Based in Novi, ITC invests in the electric transmission grid to improve reliability, expand access to markets, lower the overall cost of delivered energy and allow new generating resources to interconnect to its transmission systems. ITC’s regulated operating subsidiaries include ITCTransmission, Michigan Electric Transmission Co., ITC Midwest and ITC Great Plains. Through these subsidiaries, ITC owns and operates high-voltage transmission facilities in Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma, serving a combined peak load exceeding 26,000 megawatts along 15,000 circuit miles of transmission line. Through ITC Grid Development and its subsidiaries, the company also focuses on expansion in areas where significant transmission system improvements are needed. More at www.itc-holdings.com.