Mr. Smati is a corporate director and brings over 35 years of U.S. and international experience in the energy industry. He is the former President and CEO of GDF SUEZ Energy North America Inc., part of ENGIE, one of the world’s leading energy groups where he managed, for 10 years, all its businesses in the US, Canada, and Mexico. He is also the former President and CEO of BP Global Power, part of BP, where he managed its worldwide power generation business. He started his career in the electricity industry in the United Kingdom.
He is currently a member of the board of trustees of the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business. He is also the former chairman of LifeEnergy and a former member of the board of directors of SNC Lavalin, Gaz Metro Inc. / Energir Inc and Ercot (The Electric Reliability Council of Texas).
Mr. Smati holds a Ph.D., a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Science degree, and a Bachelor of Engineering degree, all from U.K. universities.