President & CEO of the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), Kelly Tomblin, last night won the CEO of the Year Award at the 2016 Platts Global Energy Awards, held in New York, USA.
The CEO was the sole female in an outstanding line-up of finalists from around the world, including India, China, Thailand, UK and the USA. This is the first time that Tomblin has been nominated for the prestigious award.
In her acceptance speech, she noted that the transformation of JPS was driven by the determination to provide an energy solution for every Jamaican – a vision embraced by personnel at every level. Ms. Tomblin explained that in leading the transformation, the Company had come to a place of introspection and resolution to Do Power Differently, impacting the local energy landscape with newer and better service levels and contributions to the Jamaican economy.
CEO Tomblin has been at the helm of JPS since 2012, and has played a critical role in reframing the national and regional conversation on energy. She is responsible for introducing several ground-breaking initiatives and developments in JPS, guiding the energy company through a profound transformation.
At the top of the milestones achieved under Tomblin’s leadership, is the introduction of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) into Jamaica’s energy mix. Tomblin and her team have led the introduction of a range of innovations, which have changed the way the company serves its customers. These include prepaid metering solutions, the introduction of a retail arm, the rollout of smart grid technology, expansion of the contact points for customers to interact with the company, and the establishment of the JPS Foundation – the organization’s philanthropic arm, among many other initiatives.
JPS was also a finalist – for the Energy Company of the Year Award. This was won by US based Southern Company. The prestigious Platts Global Energy Awards recognize individual and corporate excellence in the global energy sector.