Executive Team

Manu Asthana

Manu Asthana
President and CEO

PJM Interconnection
PO Box 1525
Southeastern, PA 19399-1525
Email: manu.asthana@pjm.com

Manu Asthana oversees the largest power grid in North America and one of the largest electricity markets in the world. He is responsible for the reliable operations, competitive markets and transmission planning for the organization serving 65 million people in 13 states and the District of Columbia.

Asthana joined PJM in January 2020. Under his leadership, he has implemented significant risk management reforms and established a clear path for defining the grid operator’s role in the energy transition to a cleaner, more efficient grid while maintaining reliable electric service.

Asthana has extensive leadership experience, including 21 years across the electricity industry, including power generation operations, optimization and dispatch, competitive retail electricity, electricity and natural gas trading, and risk management.

Prior to joining PJM, he served as president of Direct Energy Home in North America. He previously led power generation operations and energy trading at Direct Energy, and at the TXU group of companies, where he served as chief risk officer while also leading the energy trading and generation optimization and dispatch area.

Asthana earned a Bachelor of Science in economics from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and a Joseph Wharton Scholar. He is active in the community, serving on the board of directors for The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia and the Texas Children’s Hospital Board of Trustees.

 

Frederick S. Bresler III

Frederick S. Bresler, III
Senior Vice President - Market Services

PJM Interconnection
PO Box 1525
Southeastern, PA 19399-1525
Email: stu.bresler@pjm.com

Frederick S. “Stu” Bresler is responsible for all aspects of PJM’s market functions. His responsibilities cover all of the markets operated by PJM, including those for capacity, Day-Ahead and Real-Time Energy, ancillary services, Financial Transmission Rights and demand response operations.

Bresler is responsible for the continued evolution of PJM’s markets, including the integration of renewable resources and the development of analytics around the performance of those markets. An employee of PJM since 1994, Bresler previously held other leadership and management positions within the Markets Division, as well as engineering positions in the Operations Division.

Bresler earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and a Master of Management in business administration from The Pennsylvania State University. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Pennsylvania.

Bresler is chair of the board of PJM Connext Inc., a PJM subsidiary. He is also chair of the board of APEx (the Association of Power Exchanges), an international organization of electricity and gas market operators, and a member of the board of directors Habitat for Humanity of Chester County. Bresler is also on the External Advisory Board for the Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering in the Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

 

Michael Bryson

Mike Bryson
Senior Vice President - Operations

PJM Interconnection
PO Box 1525
Southeastern, PA 19399-1525
Email: michael.bryson@pjm.com

Michael Bryson is responsible for PJM’s Operations Division, overseeing 24/7 transmission operations for real-time systems. This includes scheduling, transmission dispatch, generation dispatch, reliability coordination, training and all engineering analysis required to run the system and support the critical energy management systems.

Bryson serves on the board of PJM Technologies Inc. and PJM Repository Information Services Inc. He is also currently serving on the board of Women’s Outreach in Phoenixville, PA. Bryson was formerly on the board of directors of the ReliabilityFirst Corporation and the former chair of the board of Pope John Paul II High School. Bryson is a member of the ISO/RTO Operating Committee as well as past member of the Consortium for Electric Reliability Technology Solutions.

Bryson has nearly 10 years of military experience as a pilot. His responsibilities in the United States Army included operations planning and support, supervision and training of pilots and mechanics, and training and maintenance of tactical computer systems. He was awarded the Bronze Star for Combat Service in Desert Storm.

Bryson earned a Bachelor of Science in general engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, focusing on computer science and electrical engineering, and has a Master of Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. Bryson also earned a graduate certificate in power engineering from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

 

Lisa M. Drauschak

Lisa M. Drauschak
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

PJM Interconnection
PO Box 1525
Southeastern, PA 19399-1525
Email: lisa.drauschak@pjm.com

Lisa M. Drauschak is responsible for PJM’s budget and analysis, controllership, financial reporting, payroll, tax records, market settlements, procurement and treasury functions. She oversees the formulation of long-range financial strategies and business plans to achieve PJM’s business goals.

Drauschak has two decades of experience in financial management. Since joining PJM in 1999, she has spearheaded numerous initiatives, including tax strategies, streamlining and managing costs, and led the successful completion of PJM’s SOC 1 audit with no reportable exceptions. She interacts with the Competitive Markets Committee, Risk and Audit Committee, and Finance Committee of the PJM Board of Managers as well as various stakeholder groups at PJM.

Prior to joining PJM, Drauschak worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Advanta Financial Services. She holds a Bachelor of Science in accountancy from Villanova University.

 

Craig Glazer

Craig Glazer
Vice President - Federal Government Policy

PJM Interconnection
PO Box 1525
Southeastern, PA 19399-1525
Email: craig.glazer@pjm.com

Craig Glazer coordinates all of PJM's regulatory and legislative policies before Congress, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the United States Department of Energy and other federal agencies. He serves as PJM’s representative to the Executive Committee of the Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative and the International Energy Agency and is a peer reviewer of the International Energy Agency’s annual World Energy Outlook.

Prior to joining PJM, Glazer served as commissioner and chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio throughout the 1990s. During this period, Glazer served in a leadership role to facilitate Ohio’s move toward restructuring the state’s telephone, natural gas, transportation and electric industries. He also chaired the state's siting board and served as a member of the governor's cabinet. Glazer also served on the board of directors of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, chaired its International Relations Committee, and chaired both the Department of Energy’s National Council on Competition in the Electric Industry and the Northeast-Midwest Institute.

Glazer frequently interacts with Congress, the White House, the Department of Energy and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on electricity and natural gas issues, including wholesale market development, reliability and environmental issues affecting the electric industry.

He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Vanderbilt University School of Law.

 

Asim Z. Haque

Asim Z. Haque
Vice President - State and Member Services

PJM Interconnection
PO Box 1525
Southeastern, PA 19399-1525
Email: asim.haque@pjm.com

Asim Z. Haque oversees State Government Policy, State Policy Solutions and Member Services, which includes Stakeholder Affairs, Client Management, Knowledge Management and State & Member Training. He leads PJM’s policy development and interaction with state government, which includes state commissions, governor’s offices, state legislatures and state security agencies. Haque also oversees PJM’s member interactions, which includes the PJM stakeholder process.

Prior to joining PJM, Haque was the chairman of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). As the state’s chief regulator, he guided Ohio through some of the most relevant energy policy issues facing the nation, including Clean Power Plan compliance, cases related to the future of baseload power plants in competitive markets and distribution grid modernization.

Haque, an attorney, began his career at a large general practice firm and went on to work as in-house counsel at a global auto manufacturer prior to his appointment to the PUCO. He also serves on the board of the Philadelphia Education Fund, which works to create equitable opportunities for all students to succeed in college and career.

Haque holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and political science from Case Western Reserve University and a Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

 

Adam Keech

Adam Keech
Vice President - Market Services

PJM Interconnection
PO Box 1525
Southeastern, PA 19399-1525
Email: adam.keech@pjm.com

Adam Keech oversees the design of all of the wholesale markets operated by PJM and the development of large-scale advanced analyses such as those done for carbon pricing and renewable integration. He is also responsible for the applied innovation area that focuses on evaluating, leveraging and supporting the implementation of advanced solutions in the planning, markets and operations areas. Keech has worked for PJM since 2003 and held senior leadership roles in both the Market Services and System Operations divisions.

Keech earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Rutgers University and earned a Master of Science in applied statistics from West Chester University.

 

Thomas F. O'Brien

Thomas F. O'Brien
Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

PJM Interconnection
PO Box 1525
Southeastern, PA 19399-1525
Email: thomas.obrien@pjm.com

Thomas F. O’Brien is responsible for all activities related to PJM’s Information Technology Services Division and its enterprise information security. He sits on the board of PJM Connext, a subsidiary of PJM.

O’Brien is chair of the Eastern Interconnect Data Sharing Network. He also serves on the boards of Mary’s Shelter, the Utility Employees Credit Union and the Management Executive Council under the auspices of the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC).

O’Brien is an energy professional with more than 30 years of broad experience in all aspects of the electricity industry. Previously, O’Brien was employed by GPU Energy and FirstEnergy Solutions, leading and participating in deregulation, energy trading and system operations activities.

O’Brien earned his Bachelor of Arts in mathematics with a concentration in computer science from Shippensburg University and a Master of Business Administration from LaSalle University. He completed a certificate program in advanced computer security through the Stanford Center for Professional Development.

 

Christopher O’Hara

Christopher O’Hara
Senior VP, General Counsel, Law & Chief Compliance Officer

PJM Interconnection
PO Box 1525
Southeastern, PA 19399-1525
Email: christopher.ohara@pjm.com

Christopher O’Hara is responsible for PJM’s legal operations, including all of the company’s regulatory, litigation and commercial needs. He provides legal counsel and strategic advice to PJM’s Senior Management Team and assists in the creation of legal and regulatory strategies, as well as the execution of the regional transmission organization’s objectives. O’Hara additionally serves as counsel and secretary to PJM’s independent Board of Managers and sits on the board of PJM Technologies Inc., a PJM subsidiary.

Before joining PJM in 2017, O’Hara worked for twelve years for NRG Energy serving as its chief compliance officer and as the general counsel of various businesses/regions, while also leading the corporation law department on an interim basis. O’Hara also had extensive private law firm experience in the energy field. He has represented a diverse spectrum of energy sector clients, including municipalities, cooperatives, industrials and other market participants, in all aspects of their businesses.

O’Hara has served on the board of the North American Energy Standards Board and is admitted to the practice of law in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Texas.

O’Hara received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland.

 

Ricardo Rodriguez

Christopher O’Hara
Senior Director – Internal Audit

PJM Interconnection
PO Box 1525
Southeastern, PA 19399-1525
Email: ricardo.rodriguez@pjm.com

Ricardo Rodriguez is responsible for managing PJM’s Internal Audit Department, which reports to the CEO and to the Audit Committee of the PJM Board of Managers. He is responsible for conducting companywide business risk analysis to evaluate the effectiveness of business processes and operating controls at PJM.

Rodriguez is an experienced audit professional with over 20 years of experience in the energy, pharmaceutical and financial industries in the areas of finance, regulatory compliance, information security, operations and information systems.

Rodriguez previously worked for NRG Energy, GlaxoSmithKline, the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, ING Financials, and the Securities and Exchange Commission. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master of Science in engineering from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Kenneth S. Seiler

Kenneth S. Seiler
Vice President - Planning

PJM Interconnection
PO Box 1525
Southeastern, PA 19399-1525
Email: ken.seiler@pjm.com

Kenneth S. Seiler leads PJM’s System Planning Division. Seiler is responsible for all activities related to resource adequacy, generation interconnection, interregional planning and transmission planning, including the development of the Regional Transmission Expansion Plan.

Previously, Seiler was the executive director of System Operations and was responsible for the reliable operation and coordination of the bulk power system, including PJM’s real-time dispatch operations and near-term reliability studies.

Seiler is on the board of directors for ReliabilityFirst, which is one of the eight Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-designated regional entities responsible for ensuring the reliability of the North American bulk power system. He is also on the board of PJM Environmental Information Services Inc. In addition, Seiler is an instructor for the Mayfly Project, which is a national organization that uses fly fishing as a catalyst to mentor and support children in foster care and introduce them to their local water ecosystems.

Prior to joining PJM, Seiler worked for Metropolitan Edison Company/GPU Energy for nearly 14 years in various operations and engineering roles. Seiler earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Business Administration from Lebanon Valley College.

 

Nora Swimm

Nora Swimm
Senior Vice President - Corporate Client Services

PJM Interconnection
PO Box 1525
Southeastern, PA 19399-1525
Email: nora.swimm@pjm.com

Nora Swimm has responsibility for all corporate business support services. In her role, Swimm oversees business planning, campus/facilities oversight and enhancements, client services, corporate communications and human resources. She also oversees social responsibility for the organization.

Having joined PJM in May 2001, Swimm was responsible for PJM’s information services activities, including the creation of information architecture and infrastructure, as well as the development of new internet-based applications as PJM markets expanded.

Swimm is on the board of the American Association of People with Disabilities and Philabundance, the largest hunger relief organization in the Philadelphia region. She is also a member of the Quebec Trade Advisory Council.

Prior to joining PJM, Swimm held management positions in information technology at General Electric Aerospace, where she supported the Manufacturing and Finance divisions for spacecraft operations. At Merck & Co. Inc., she supported the sales and marketing divisions for U.S. Human Health.

Swimm earned her Bachelor of Science in computer science from Villanova University with minors in business administration and mathematics and an Executive Master of Business Administration from Villanova University. She was also inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society.