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Key Advisors

C. Michael Armstrong

Mr. Armstrong is the former Chairman of Comcast Corporation, and former Chairman and CEO of AT&T Corporation, and Hughes Electronics Corporation. Prior to these positions he spent more than three decades with IBM, ultimately serving as Chairman of the Board of IBM World Trade Corporation. Mr. Armstrong was previously a Visiting Professor at MIT Sloan School of Management. Mr. Armstrong received a BS in Business and Economics from Miami University of Ohio and completed the advanced management curriculum at Dartmouth Institute.

Bruce G. Willison

Bruce Willison is a Professor of Management and former Dean (1999 to 2005) of the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He launched his academic career after 26 years in the banking industry, most recently serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of Home Savings of America and H.F. Ahmanson & Co. He was previously Chairman and CEO of First Interstate Bank of California. He has served on the Anderson School’s Board of Visitors since 1993. He also currently serves as a director of Health Net, Inc., Sun America’s annuity fund complex, and Move, Inc. He earned a BS in economics from UCLA and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Southern California.

Richard O. Covey

Richard Covey is the former COO and CEO of United Space Alliance. He was previously the President of Boeing Service Company in Colorado Springs, CO. From 2003 to 2005, Covey provided critical leadership as co-chairman of the Return-to-Flight Task Group conducting an independent assessment of NASA’s response to the Columbia Accident Investigation Board recommendations. For this, he was awarded the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal. A former NASA astronaut, Covey piloted STS 51-I in 1985 and STS-26 in 1988. He commanded STS-38 in 1990, and STS-61 in 1993. Prior to joining NASA, he served in the US Air Force as a test force director, test pilot and operational fighter pilot. His honors include two Defense Distinguished Service Medals, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal and five Distinguished Flying Crosses, including four received during the 339 combat missions he flew over Southeast Asia.

Michael R. Peevey

Michael Peevey has worked in all facets of California energy.  He is the former president of California’s most powerful energy regulatory agency, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). He was the key energy advisor to several California governors to include Gray Davis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jerry Brown.  Prior to the CPUC, he co-founded New Energy Ventures, an energy and supply services company, later sold to AES for $92 million.  Mr. Peevey was the former president of Southern California Edison Company, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities. Prior to Edison, he founded and was the former president of the California Council of Environmental and Economic Balance (CCEEB). Mr. Peevey earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics at the  University of California, Berkeley.