General Manager - Europe
Marie Hayden is based in Dublin, Ireland, and leads Smart Wires’ business throughout Europe.
Prior to joining Smart Wires, Marie gained extensive experience in all aspects of transmission system operation during a 25-year career at EirGrid, the Irish Transmission System Operator. In the last ten years of her time at EirGrid, Marie held a number of senior management positions, including Manager of the Scenario Planning, Connection Policy and Operational Planning teams.
During her time at EirGrid, Marie was also Chair of the Irish National Committee of CIGRE and chaired the Organizing Committee of the 2017 CIGRE Symposium in Ireland. In 2018, she was awarded the honor of becoming a Distinguished Member of CIGRE.
Marie has also worked with a number of European transmission system operators as part of her work with ENTSO-E (European Network of Transmission System Operators), initially as a deputy member of the System Operations Committee and more recently as part of the implementation projects associated with the European Network Codes.
Marie holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Masters of Engineering from University College Dublin.
“I am driven by a passion to develop better business operations, outcomes and relationships. After 30 years in this industry I’m still excited every day by the challenge of solving complex system problems and helping shape the future of energy.”