PSEG makes two new appointments

Public Service Enterprise Group has announced two new appointments at the Newark-based utility.

Rick Thigpen, vice president, state governmental affairs, has been promoted to senior vice president, corporate citizenship.

Thigpen will report directly to Ralph Izzo, chairman, CEO and president for PSEG.

In this new role, Thigpen will be continue to be responsible for the company’s state governmental affairs organization and will now also oversee the federal affairs and corporate citizenship and culture departments. He will also remain chairman of the PSEG Foundation.

Prior to joining PSEG in 2007, Thigpen was a co-founding partner of 1868 Public Affairs LLC.

“Rick has had tremendous success communicating complex energy issues to policy makers and elected officials in Trenton, as well as giving counsel to our corporate philanthropy and federal efforts,” Izzo said.  “Uniting these three areas under his leadership will result in enhanced strategic coordination.  Rick has also been an important voice for PSEG’s diversity and inclusion efforts, and I have valued his counsel and guidance.  He will be a strong addition to my leadership team.”

PSEG also announced Karen Reif, senior director, continuous improvement, has been named vice president, renewables and energy solutions. She will oversee PSE&G’s clean energy strategy.

“PSEG is fortunate to have talented leaders with strong records of success,” Izzo said. “By taking on new roles, they can bring their different perspectives and experiences to benefit our business.”

All changes take effect July 2.