WESTBOROUGH, MA: National Grid USA has named Edward Powers as its new director of corporate communications.
Powers was most recently VP of communications and advertising for Sappi Fine Paper, North America. In his new job at the electricity transmission and distribution operation, he will report to VP of corporate communications Sue Stevens.
Powers replaces Fredrick Mason III, who was recently made VP of public affairs for a National Grid subsidiary, Narragansett Electric Company.
"We plan to use many types of communications that fall under the broad PR heading, including media relations, crisis communication, and community relations, Powers said. "Community relations will be important because we were formed through a series of smaller public utilities, and we need to continue to keep in touch with the communities we serve."