HOUSTON – March 9, 2015 – GDF SUEZ Energy North America President and CEO Zin Smati will speak to students, faculty, staff, and other invited guests at the University of Houston’s first Distinguished Leader Series of the Spring 2015 semester at the C.T. Bauer College of Business on Tuesday, March 10 at 6 p.m. in Melcher Hall.
In his presentation “Energy Transition and GDF SUEZ,” Dr. Smati will discuss the trends that are shaping the North American energy landscape, particularly in the United States, and how GDF SUEZ as the world’s largest independent power producer and provider of energy services, as well as one of the world’s largest natural gas players, is evolving with them.
The presentation will be livestreamed, with a summary available on the Bauer College Web site www.bauer.uh.edu following the event.
About GDF SUEZ Energy North America, Inc.
GDF SUEZ Energy North America manages a range of energy businesses in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, including electricity generation and
cogeneration, natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) distribution and sales, and retail energy sales and related services to commercial and industrial customers, and to residential customers via its Think Energy® brand. Natural gas and renewable fuels—wind, hydro, biomass, and solar—power more than 90 percent of the company’s 13,000 MW generating fleet. The company’s natural gas assets include an LNG receiving terminal just north of Boston, Massachusetts, and natural gas distribution networks and pipelines in Mexico that serve more than 400,000 customers. The company’s retail electricity business serves nearly 50 percent of the Fortune 100 companies. GDF SUEZ Energy North America is a part of the international energy group GDF SUEZ.
About GDF SUEZ
GDF SUEZ develops its businesses (power, natural gas, energy services) around a model based on responsible growth to take up today’s major
energy and environmental challenges: meeting energy needs, ensuring security of supply, fighting against climate change, and optimizing the use of resources. The Group provides highly efficient and innovative solutions to individuals, cities, and businesses by relying on diversified gas supply sources, flexible and low-emission power generation as well as unique expertise in four key sectors: independent power production, liquefied natural gas, renewable energy, and energy efficiency services.
GDF SUEZ employs 152,900 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €74.7 billion (U.S. $99.2 billion) in 2014. The Group is listed on the Paris, Brussels and Luxembourg stock exchanges and is represented in the main international indices: CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe, ASPI Eurozone, Euronext Vigeo Eurozone 120, Vigeo World 120, Video Europe 120, and Video France 20.
About the University of Houston
The University of Houston, Texas’ premier metropolitan research and teaching institution is home to more than 40 research centers and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate, civic and governmental entities. UH, the most diverse research university in the country, stands at the forefront of education, research and service with more than 35,000 students.
About the C. T. Bauer College of Business
The C. T. Bauer College of Business has been in operation for more than 60 years at the University of Houston main campus. Through its five
academic departments, the college offers a full-range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business. The Bauer College is fully accredited by the AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In August 2000, Houston business leader and philanthropist Charles T. (Ted) Bauer endowed the College of Business with a $40 million gift. In recognition of his generosity, the college was renamed the C. T. Bauer College of Business.
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