Well-known utility industry leader Ralph Izzo is the chairman and chief executive officer of Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), one of America’s largest electric companies. Prior to being elected to his current position in 2007, he served as PSEG’s president, chief operating officer, and board member for six months. Previously, he was the president and COO of PSEG subsidiary Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G).
Izzo joined PSE&G in 1992 and went on to hold various executive positions with PSEG’s family of companies. His past roles include PSE&G vice president – appliance service, PSE&G senior vice president – utility operations, PSE&G vice president – electric ventures, and PSEG vice president – corporate planning. In fulfilling these roles, he acquired experience in general management, finance, and strategic planning.
Izzo began his career as a research scientist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, where he carried out numerical simulations of fusion energy experiments. He has published or presented more than 35 papers on magnetohydrodynamic modeling.
Today, he is often asked to testify before Congress and speak to organizations on topics concerning national energy policy. Izzo chairs the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Rutgers University Board of Governors and the boards of the Edison Electric Institute, the New Jersey Utilities Association, and the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, among other organizations. He is also a member of the Visiting Committee for the Department of Nuclear Engineering at MIT, the Columbia University School of Engineering Board of Visitors, and the Princeton University Adlinger Center for Energy and the Environment Advisory Council.
Izzo holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and a doctorate in applied physics from Columbia University. He obtained an MBA with a concentration in finance from the Rutgers Graduate School of Management as well.