Dinner Banquet Keynote Speaker
The CIE/USA-DFW 25th Anniversary Annual Convention is honored to have Robert S. Shapard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Oncor Electric Delivery, as the dinner banquet keynote speaker on August 16, 2014.
Oncor is one of the largest electricity transmission and distribution companies in the country, serving over 7 million people in north Texas. Under Shapard’s leadership, Oncor is an industry leader in innovation and in the deployment of new technologies to improve the quality of electric service, enable consumers, lower costs and reduce emissions. Oncor has an infrastructure investment program, which is focused on transmission and distribution network expansion and upgrades, including one of the largest deployments of advanced meters in the country, leading a significant expansion of the state’s transmission grid and other new digital technologies across the network.
Shapard also serves as the Chairman of GridWise Alliance (GWA). GWA is a leading advocacy organization focused on the advancement of all aspects of the country’s electric grid. GWA is comprised of over 100 organizations, including utilities, telecoms, technology, equipment manufacturers, consultants, labs and universities. He also serves as a board member of Leidos Corporation. Leidos is a scientific, engineering, systems integration and technical services company focused on national defense, healthcare and engineering.
Shapard has a wealth of operating, financial and leadership experience from past positions. He rejoined Oncor in late 2005 as a strategic advisor, helping to implement and execute growth and development strategies. Previously, he had served the company for 20 years in various financial and operating leadership roles, finishing as managing director of former subsidiary TXU Australia which owned and operated an electric generation business, a wholesale energy trading business, electric and gas retail businesses, and electric and gas regulated utility businesses based in Melbourne Australia.
Prior to his current tenure at Oncor, he served as chief financial officer of Tenet Healthcare Corporation where he oversaw all financial activities for Tenet and its subsidiaries. Tenet operated one of the largest for profit hospital groups in the US employing over 75,000 people across the country. Prior to this position, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Exelon Corporation. Exelon is one the largest electricity generators and utility operators in the US. Before joining Exelon, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Covanta Energy Corporation. Shapard joined Covanta to help prepare the company for its bankruptcy filing and to file a plan of reorganization. Prior to that, Shapard was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Ultramar Diamond Shamrock, a leading North American refining and marketing company. At UDS, Shapard led a financial restructuring of the company and other initiatives leading to the company’s merger with Valero Energy, which created the nation’s second-largest oil refiner.
Shapard is active civically. He is co-chairman of The Dallas Mayor’s Youth Fitness Initiative. Shapard is also on the board of the Circle Ten Council of Boy Scouts of America and the Woodall Park Foundation. Shapard is also actively involved with the American Heart Association and was the chairman of the 2012 and 2013 Dallas Heart Walks.