EDF Trading announces three MDs for its North American business

EDF Trading, a wholly-owned subsidiary of EDF S.A., is pleased to announce the following three appointments to strengthen its management team across its two businesses in North America:

  • James (Jim) Fallon – Fallon joins as Managing Director of Trading and Operations for EDF Trading North America.  Jim joined the company today from Parkhurst Resources Inc., where he was President and Chief Executive Officer.
  • Mary Anne Brelinsky – Brelinsky has been appointed Managing Director, EDF Trading North America.  She retains her current role as President, EDF Energy Services, the customer facing business for EDF Trading.
  • Jason Earnheart – Earnheart has been appointed Managing Director, EDF Trading North America responsible for Origination, Mid Marketing and business development for Generation Services, Supply to Retail Energy Providers and Commercial and Industrial end use customers.  This is an enhanced role for Earnheart who was previously EDFT’s Head of Origination for North America.

Fallon, Brelinsky and Earnheart will report to John Rittenhouse, Chief Executive. 

The above team will be joined by Chris Madland who has been appointed Head of Risk for North America.  Chris was previously Head of Flexibility Optimisation for EDFT in North America. 

EDF Trading recently appointed Jeff Johnson as Interim President, EDF Trading North America following the departure of Robert Forgrave.  Jeff will work with the above team until the end of the year to help implement the company’s strategy for its North American business through developing its customer-facing activities and focusing its trading activities on core markets.

“I’m delighted to welcome Jim to EDF Trading in North America.  He has over 30 years of experience in the energy market from nuclear operations, systems engineering, accounting, trading, risk management and strategic oversight,” said John Rittenhouse.  “Jim will work closely with Mary Anne, Jason, Jeff, Chris and myself who will be responsible for developing and leading our North American businesses as we continue to align our activities with the overall strategy of the EDF Group,” he continued.

For further information, please contact:

EDF Trading
Michele Reid, Head of Communications
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7061 4232

Notes to Editors:

Jim Fallon joins EDF Trading from Parkhurst Resources Inc., where he was President and Chief Executive Officer managing a portfolio of energy related businesses focused on fund management, energy trading and asset optimization advisory services.  Prior to that he was President, Fortis Energy Marketing & Trading (formerly Duke Energy Corporation/Cinergy Marketing & Trading) and SVP, North American Energy at Louis Dreyfus Corp.  He is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Masters degree in Business Administration, Marketing and Finance from the Columbia Business School, New York and a Master of Science, Accounting from Northeastern University, Massachusetts where he also obtained a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering.

Mary Anne Brelinsky joined EDF Trading in 2006.  As well as being Managing Director of EDF Trading North America, she is President, EDF Energy Services, the North American retail and asset management business within the EDF Trading group, a role she assumed in 2013.  Former roles within EDF Trading have included Head of Retail for Gas and Power and Head of North American Power Origination.  She is a Board Member of the Gulf Coast Power Association and the Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce.  She also serves on the Advisory Council for the Women’s Energy Network and the University of Houston Energy Advisory Board. Mary Anne has an engineering degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the University of Houston.

Jason Earnheart joined EDF Trading in 2010.  Prior to his current role he was Head of North American Power and Gas Origination, a role he assumed in 2013.  Before joining EDFT Jason was part of JP Morgan Commodities from 2007-2009 and Williams Energy Marketing & Trading from 2000-2007.  Jason is a graduate of Oklahoma State University. 

Chris Madland joined EDF Trading in 2008.  Previous roles have included Head of Flexibility Optimisation for North America and Global Head of Structuring and Pricing.  Chris graduated from Rice University with a bachelor's degree in physics and the University of Texas with a master's degree in financial economics.

Jeff Johnson assumed the role of interim President, EDF Trading North America, in June 2017.  Jeff is also Executive Advisor to the Chief Executive of EDF Trading as well as a Board Member of the EDF Group’s CENG nuclear generation joint venture with Exelon.  Jeff was one of the founding members of EDF Trading in 1999 and has been involved in a number of business development activities over the years in London, Paris and Houston.

About EDF Trading

EDF Trading is a leader in the international wholesale energy markets.  The company manages a portfolio of assets which give it the ability to source, supply, transport, store, blend and convert physical commodities around the world.  These capabilities enable EDF Trading to deliver essential asset optimisation services, risk management and wholesale market access to the EDF Group and its third party customers, helping them to realise the value inherent in their asset portfolios.

EDF Trading is active in the electricity, natural gas, LNG, LPG, coal and freight and environmental products markets.  It is one of the largest wholesale market traders in Europe for power and gas and one of the leading marketers of gas and power in the US.  Its affiliate, EDF Energy Services is one of the main providers of generation services for power generation companies in the US and a leading US energy retailer for large commercial and industrial customers. In 2017, EDF Trading broadened the scope of its coal and freight activities in the form of a minority (33%) stake in JERA Trading, one of the leading utility backed global coal traders. 

EDF Trading is a 100% owned subsidiary of EDF, one of the world’s biggest electricity generators.

EDF Trading has around 800 employees with key offices in London, Paris, Singapore, Houston and Calgary.