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USHCC Announces Laura Folse of BP to Participate in 2017 CEO Panel Series

WASHINGTON, DC – The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) is proud to announce that Laura Folse, CEO of BP Wind Energy, will join the USHCC’s “CEO Panel Series: A Dialogue with Corporate Leaders” during the organization’s 2017 National Convention in Dallas, Texas. The panel will take place on Monday, October 2nd.

The CEO Panel Series brings together industry leaders from diverse sectors to engage in an informative discussion on management style, leadership philosophy, best practices, and their outlook on today’s global market.

“We are honored to have Laura Folse participate in this year’s CEO Panel. With years of experience and more than a dozen productive wind farms under her command, she is a proven leader in the renewable energy industry,” said USHCC President & CEO Javier Palomarez. “Her commitment to supply America with clean and dependable energy started when she first joined BP in 1998. Her expertise has helped BP become the global leader in renewable energy it is today.  Laura’s vision for an energy independent America and commitment to a sustainable future makes her an ideal guest for this year’s CEO Panel. We look forward to hearing Laura’s insights into this critical field.”

“Laura embodies BP’s position at the forefront of innovation in the quest for fueling America in a dependable and responsible way,” said USHCC Chairman Don Salazar. “She also understands the tremendous opportunities that the renewable energy sector represents for American small business. We are proud to have her with us for this year’s CEO Panel.”

Laura Folse said: “I’m honored to be selected to join the CEO panel series. Our industry is changing faster than at any time in our lifetime. As energy shifts towards lower carbon sources it is an exciting time to be in the renewable sector. BP has the largest operated renewable energy business of any major international oil and gas company, and that experience gives us a deeper understanding of the opportunities and obstacles as we advance towards lower carbon energy solutions. In the future, the way we deliver heat, light and mobility will change dramatically.”

Prior panelists include* Bob Unanue, CEO of Goya Foods Inc.; Robert Sanchez, CEO of Ryder System; Jose Mas, CEO of MasTec; Marcelo Claure, President & CEO of Sprint Corporation; Tom Greco, President & CEO of Frito Lay; Manolo Sanchez, Chairman & CEO of BBVA Compass; Scott Anderson, President & CEO of Zions Bank; Joe Alvarado, CEO & Chairman of Commercial Metals Company; Ilene Gordon, Chairman, President & CEO of Ingredion Incorporated; Jonathan Johnson, Executive Vice Chairman of; Edward Rust, Chairman & CEO of State Farm; Anne Shen Smith, Chairman & CEO of Southern California Gas; Tim Leiweke, President & CEO of AEG; George Halvorson, Chairman & CEO of Kaiser Permanente; Anne Sweeney, President of Disney/ABC Television; Pamela Patsley, Chairman and CEO of Moneygram; and Matt Rose, Chairman of BNSF Railways.

*All titles herein pertain to the dates of the respective CEO panels, and may/may not reflect the current positions or status of employment of the listed individuals.

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About BP

BP is among the top wind energy producers in the US. In the 31st of December 2016, they directly operated 14 wind farms across eight US states, while holding an interest in a separate facility in Hawaii. Their net generating capacity from this portfolio, based on their financial stake, was 1,452MW of electricity. Their net share of US wind generation for 2016 was 4,389GWh. BP also runs one wind farm at their refinery sites in the Netherlands, operating on a much smaller scale and managed by Downstream segment, with 22.5MW of generating capacity.

Safety remains their number one priority and a number of sites achieved safety milestones in 2016. For example, Silver Star and Titan both achieved seven years without a recordable injury, and Fowler 1 and 3 have received awards from Vestas – a leading wind turbine manufacturer – for ‘best overall balanced scorecard’, which includes metrics for safety and availability.

About the USHCC

The USHCC actively promotes the economic growth, development and interests of more than 4.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses, that combined, contribute over $668 billion to the American economy every year. It also advocates on behalf of 260 major American corporations and serves as the umbrella organization for more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter @USHCC.


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