President of Aclara and Divisional Vice President of Hubbell Power Systems
Connolly oversees the strategic direction of Aclara, a 1,700 employee company in the U.S and internationally. He joined the company as the president and CEO in May 2014 when Sun Capital purchased Aclara from ESCO Technologies. He was instrumental in establishing Aclara as a stand-alone, privately-held company with strong financials and executing a strategic plan positioning Aclara for growth, leading to the recent acquisition by Hubbell Incorporated.
Before joining Aclara, Connolly served as chief operating officer of Culligan International, a world leader in the water treatment industry, where he was responsible for day-to-day operations of the $500 million business, as well as the fast-growing Industrial Water Treatment business. As the COO, he oversaw Culligan’s engineering, research and development, manufacturing, quality and supply chain functions. Earlier, he gained broad global leadership experience with GE and BHP Billiton.
Connolly earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Wollongong, in Australia, and holds a doctorate in control systems engineering from the Australian National University.
Senior Vice President of Smart Grid Solutions and Professional Services
Beckett leads and provides direction to Aclara’s Smart Grid Solutions unit, the professional services group and the enhanced utility services at Aclara. His responsibilities include oversight and fiscal responsibility to delivery teams for all Aclara RF (gas and water AMI), Meter Data Management (MDM) and AMI Device Management (ADM) engagements.
Becket brings over 25 years of operational leadership experience in the elevator and suspended access business. Before joining Aclara, Beckett was responsible for the Spider suspended Access business unit at Safeworks. He started his career with Otis Elevator in Montreal, New York City, Chicago and Seattle.
Beckett has a Bachelors in Finance from Concordia University (Montreal) and a Master of Business Administration from Hofstra (NY).
Senior Vice President, Global Sales
Bodenhamer leads all Aclara sales teams and provides strategic management for both sales and company initiatives. He leads efforts to establish outstanding client relationships and is responsible for all aspects of domestic and international sales for all of Aclara’s products, services and solutions. Additionally, Bodenhamer provides key inputs into market strategy and product-line management programs.
Before joining Aclara, Bodenhamer worked for Eaton Corporation as the sales vice president for U.S industrial & global strategic accounts, and prior to that he worked with Schneider Electric USA Inc. as the vice president for the industry end-user business. He has more than 27 years of success leading sales and marketing teams.
Bodenhamer has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kenan-Flagler School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Control Systems from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Senior Vice President, Finance, Strategy and IT
Christian leads the finance, strategy and information technology functions of Aclara. He is responsible for business and corporate development initiatives including mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships and joint ventures; and BD and corporate development processes including identification, evaluation, negotiation, due diligence and cross-functional coordination of opportunities to grow Aclara’s overall market share in the utility space. In addition, Christian leads Aclara’s strategic planning process, development, and coordination of Aclara business units’ long-term strategies.
Before joining Aclara, Christian held various leadership roles in P&L, marketing, business development, product management and investment banking. Christian is also a Co-Founder and Vice President at The Elpis Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to raising funds cancer-related causes.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness
Garcia leads all Human Resources, Facilities, Environmental Health and Safety, and Administration functions for Aclara.
Before joining Aclara, Garcia was Vice President, Human Resources for SSM Health Care, where he led the human resources and clinical education team for four hospitals, the Physician’s Organization and Behavioral Health. Prior to SSM, Garcia was the Senior Vice President – Chief Human Resources Officer for RehabCare, a publicly traded company. Prior to this role, Michael held the position of Chief People & Learning Officer for Nexstar Financial Corporation, a KKR funded hi-tech start-up. Michael has also held senior HR roles at Ernst & Young and Boeing.
VP, Aclara Operations and Manufacturing
Locht is responsible for improving overall operational effectiveness for Aclara, overseeing end-to-end global supply chain activities, and ensuring customers receive quality product at the right time.
Before joining Aclara Locht held various leadership roles in P&L, general business management, and global supply chain management. He most recently served as VP and GM for Enduro Composites. Prior to that he was Director of Operations for Eaton as well as spending 13 years with General Electric in a variety of manufacturing roles.
Locht earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from Instituto Tecnológico De Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) in Monterrey, Mexico and a Master of Business Administration degree from New York University’s Stern School of Business in New York City, NY.
Chief Technology Officer
Merkin directs software development and implementation across Aclara’s organization, in both the U.S. and internationally. Merkin oversees Aclara’s Strategic Software Platform initiative and Utility Technology Roadmap, with a focus on environmental mitigation and end-user support. Merkin has more than 19 years of experience managing strategic software and software architecture initiatives.
Before joining Aclara, Merkin worked with ABB as the chief technology officer for the company’s Enterprise Software group, and as a chief software architect for ABB’s Grid Automation business. Prior to that time, he worked with Dell as a chief software architect in the Enterprise Solutions Group.
Merkin holds a Master of Science degree in computer science from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in mathematics from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.
Senior Vice President, Advanced Metering Infrastructure and Utility Automation
Premathilake is responsible for driving growth in smart infrastructure solutions and advancing marketing capabilities across Aclara. She leads product management and marketing communications functions.
Premathilake has more than 15 years of multi-industry experience that spans product management, marketing, and engineering. Prior to joining Aclara, she worked at Johnson Controls where she was responsible for the Power Solutions product portfolio, a $7 billion business. She started her career at Culligan International’s commercial and industrial division, which serves the water treatment needs of the energy and power, oil and gas and food and beverage industries.
Premathilake holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University, Chicago.
Senior Vice President, Major Projects
Riccardi is a senior executive in the AMI industry with more than 15 years’ experience managing the development, sales and marketing of advanced metering systems. He was president of Hexagram, one of the early leaders in fixed network AMI systems and now part of the Aclara portfolio. Riccardi has held several other executive positions with Aclara, including strategic account management, marketing and technology.
Riccardi holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of Business degree from Cleveland State University.
Subirana directs Aclara’s international business with responsibility for managing the company’s international product management teams. Subirana’s previous position with Aclara was as vice president, product management for the company’s poly phase ANSI meters group, formally GE Meters.
He was also a product line leader for ANSI commercial and industrial meters with GE meters before it was acquired by Aclara in 2015. Prior to his time with GE Meters, Subirana worked with Cooper Power Systems (Now Eaton Corp.) and GE Healthcare in engineering project, and product management positions.
Subirana earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Marquette University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Florida International University.