(Out-of-state alumnus, appointed July 2007)
Michael (Max) Maxwell is Vice President, Asset Management, for Pepco Holdings, Inc (PHI). In this role, Max is responsible for assuring the short and long term performance and reliability of the transmission, substation and distribution assets of PHI’s regulated utility subsidiaries. PHI is the parent company of Potomac Electric Power Company, an electric utility serving Washington, D.C. and suburban Maryland; Delmarva Power, an electric and gas utility serving Delaware and the rest of the Delmarva Peninsula; and Atlantic City Electric, and electric utility serving southern New Jersey.
Max began his Pepco career in 1987, and held numerous positions in engineering, operations, and construction before being named General Manager, System Operations in 2001, where he was responsible for the operation of the electric system from Pepco’s Control Center as well as initial implementation of the company’s outage restoration system. He was also the Project Manager for the installation and implementation of SAP and the Work Management Information System technologies to integrate financial, supply chain, human resources and project management systems across the companies. Max also led major initiatives in 2004 – 2006 to include a cultural and leadership transformation around safety (Leading with Safety) as well as the institutionalization of crisis management and emergency preparedness disciplines across the enterprise.
Max serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington and is a member of Leadership Greater Washington, a non-profit organization whose mission is to connect and challenge diverse regional leaders for the purpose of improving the quality of life in the Greater Washington area. More recently, Max was appointed to serve on the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Board.
Max is a 1987 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute where he earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a commission in the United States Army (Military Intelligence Branch). He served 8 years in the U.S. Army Reserve in the 80th Training Division in units in Salem and Dublin, Virginia, where he completed his service as a Captain.
At VMI, Max was a four-year letterman and Southern Conference champion in indoor and outdoor track, and team captain. He was also President of the student organization, the Promaji Club in both his second and first class years, and an officer in the Corp of Cadets.
Max was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Suitland Maryland, where he graduated from Suitland Senior High School in 1983. He and his wife currently reside in Laurel, Maryland with their two daughters.