Gia Mahmoud

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Utility Vice President Gia Mahmoud, in brief.

Gia Mahmoud

Home: Manlius, NY.  Profession: Electrical engineer, utility executive.  Organization: National Grid.  Title: Vice President, Work Plan Development and Resource Management.  Significant other: Fawad Amjad.  Alma mater: University of Minnesota (M.S., Electrical Engineering); Cornell University (E.M.B.A.).  Languages spoken: English, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi.

Current project: Rebuilding and organizing my team to become more effective in our work. Recent recognition: Dependable and transformative leader.  Latest accomplishment: Completed the Executive MBA program at Cornell.  Latest contribution to others: Mentoring five new employee leaders.  Recently viewed and recommended: Ted Lasso.  

Personality profile: Dependable, open, transformative, accessible.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Persistent.  What is your greatest joy? My daughter. What is your guilty pleasure? Almond cake.  What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? Booking vacations.  How do you relieve stress? Watching movies.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? The beach.

What was your first paying job? Business analyst and property manager.  What was your favorite college course? Electric Circuits.  What was your favorite childhood toy or game? My Teddy bear.  What movie have you repeatedly watched? The Pursuit of Happyness.  

What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field?

Setting up KPI’s to monitor performance and make improvements so we can deliver most effectively for our customers.

What change would you like to see in the world? Peace and respect for all.  What mega-trend most excites you? Decarbonization.

Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My husband and daughter.  As a kid, what did you first want to be when you grew up? An airplane pilot.  After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? Family pictures.  What advice would you give your younger self? Work smarter, not harder.

Personal motto: God will help those who help themselves.  Favorite quote: “It always seems impossible until it’s done” (Nelson Mandela).

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