John L. Parks
Senior Vice President – Deployment and Mobile Solutions
As Senior Vice President of Deployment and Mobile Solutions, John leads the deployment of Smart Wires solutions across the world and is responsible for working with customers to develop implementation strategies that meet with their transmission grid needs.
Prior to working for Smart Wires, John worked for Pacific Gas and Electric where he led the Transmission and Distribution Maintenance and Construction organizations. John was responsible for the 24/7 operation of PG&E T&D system, ensuring the safe and reliable delivery of electricity across the vast service territory, serving millions of California customers, as well as, ensuring the transmission grid which interconnected across the western United States.
As the Sr. Director for PG&E, John gained extensive leadership skills and experience as he was responsible for leading in excess of 2,000 employees responsible for constructing and maintaining the system. Additionally, John’s responsibilities included executing the large T&D portfolio of transmission, distribution and substation projects, amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars annually. This required working with local and federal agencies, contractors, internal and external procurement departments and vendors across the utility industry.
Prior to John’s Sr. leadership positions, John’s 40 years of experience, included working in craft positions as a journeyman lineman, trouble shooter, frontline supervision, T&D technical specialist, leading PG&E’s technical training departments.
John’s innovative character and significant focus on safety spearheaded many safety advancements at PG&E and across the utility industry; these included the advancement of helicopter work procedures, barehand transmission work methods, protective grounding, wood pole and tower climbing safety and more.