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Zin Smati, Ph.D.

  • Member of the Governance and Ethics Committee; 
  • Member of the Safety, Workplace and Project Risk Committee 

Mr. Smati is Senior Advisor at LS Power and Chairman and CEO of LifeEnergy LLC. He brings 35 years of U.S. and international experience in the energy sector. Mr. Smati is the former President and CEO of GDF SUEZ Energy North America, Inc., part of ENGIE, one of the world’s leading energy groups. Mr. Smati joined GDF SUEZ Energy North America in 2001 as its Executive Vice-President of Strategy and M&A and became President and CEO of GDF SUEZ Energy Resources NA in 2002. In May 2006, he was appointed President and CEO of all energy activities of GDF SUEZ in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, a position he held until his retirement on December 31, 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Smati held various executive positions in a number of energy companies in the U.S. and the U.K., including President and CEO of BP Amoco Global Power, Senior Vice-President of Business Development and Marketing of Amoco Power, Vice-President of Worldwide Power Development of Arco and Manager of Business Development of National Power International of the U.K.

Mr. Smati is a member of the board of the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business. He is a former member of the board of directors of Gaz Métro inc. He is also the former Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA) and a former member of the National Petroleum Council, an industry advisory body to the U.S. Secretary of Energy. Mr. Smati holds a Ph.D. from Brunel University, England, a Master of Business Administration from Henley Management College, England, a Master of Science degree from Nottingham University, England and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Sheffield University, England.