Annette Gardiner joined Itron in September 2016 as its Vice President of Gas Strategic Development. Prior to joining Itron, Annette held leadership roles in the gas utility industry including Vice President at Consumers Energy and President of New Mexico Gas Company. At Consumers Energy, Gardiner led a team of 600 professionals setting the strategy for work management, lean enterprise, procurement, contracts, materials distribution, fleet, facilities, corporate security, administration, and safety. Consumers Energy is Michigan’s largest utility, providing electric and natural gas service to nearly 6.6 million of Michigan’s 10 million residents. Prior to joining Consumers Energy, Gardiner was the President of New Mexico Gas Company, the largest natural gas utility in New Mexico, serving over 1 million residents in the state and leading a team of 750 employees. Gardiner has held leadership positions in engineering, operations, rates and regulatory affairs, and president of a natural gas utility in a career spanning over 25 years. Gardiner has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University and an Executive Masters of Business Administration degree from Michigan State University. She is a licensed professional engineer in Michigan and New Mexico. In 2014, Gardiner was awarded the Maverick Award from Midwest Energy Association’s Energetic Women group for advancing opportunities for women in engineering and operating roles in the utility industry. In 2013, Gardiner was inducted into the Academy of Engineers at Michigan Technological University for career achievement. Gardiner has served on industry association Board of Directors, including Western Energy Institute, Midwest Energy Association, and on the American Gas Association’s Managing Committee.