PowerOption’s New CEO Heather March Takle
Taking Over for Retiring Arcate After 10 Years
BOSTON–New England’s largest energy buying group, PowerOptions today announces Heather March Takle as next President and CEO. She will begin on January 1, 2020, after the retirement of longtime leader Cynthia A. Arcate.
The PowerOptions Board undertook a national search to find a candidate with the broad cross-cutting experience needed to successfully run PowerOptions.
“Throughout her career, Heather Takle has focused on energy solutions for customers, and she has high-level experience with important players in the market,” said PowerOptions Board Chair Christine C. Schuster. “She has success in pioneering new products and services, which are becoming critical components of our members’ energy strategies and align with the PowerOptions strategic plan.”
Takle is currently CEO of 2ndPath Energy, a firm she started to serve companies in the advanced energy sector with strategy and development. As Vice President of Energy Services at Patriot Energy Group, she created the total energy solutions for their clients. As Director of Corporate Development at Ameresco, she guided strategic planning and led all merger and acquisitions. As a Principal Consultant at the Parthenon Group, Heather helped clients solve their toughest strategic problems using data-based analysis, including work in sustainability and renewable energy.
“PowerOptions is on its strongest footing in more than 20 years of operation. Cindy Arcate has overseen a decade of impressive growth, leaving the organization with solid financials, favorable electricity and natural gas supply offerings and strong partnerships that provide cutting edge services to our members,” added Schuster. “Heather is precisely the person to take the helm and build upon the achievements of Cindy and the team.”
“Today organizations are looking for a more holistic approach to energy, combining procurement with renewables, efficiency and services. Heather brings the kind of experience and leadership to continue to move PowerOptions in that direction,” said Arcate. “Staff are seasoned, experienced and dedicated to the mission. Our competitive supply offerings are secured for several years, and our members continue to value our programs and services.”
“I look forward to serving PowerOptions’ nonprofit and public members, helping them to save money so more resources can be directed toward their constituencies,” said Takle. “I am honored to be selected as CEO.”
Takle also served as a Captain in the United States Marine Corps, working on policy development and responsible for units of up to 150 personnel. She earned a BS at Boston University and received her MBA from Harvard University.
Established in 1998, PowerOptions is a nonprofit energy buying consortium that delivers cost savings and predictability to nonprofits and the public sector in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. With more than 400 members, collective strength yields optimal pricing and stability for the entire membership of organizations both large and small. Any nonprofit or public entity is eligible to join PowerOptions and benefit from programs for electricity supply, natural gas supply, solar and electric vehicle charging stations. For more information, go to www.poweroptions.org.