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Making the case for asset health

Asset management track

Comprehensive asset management has arrived, and this session will show you why. We’ll cover strategies for generation, transmission and distribution assets, and we’ll introduce the Asset Health Center concept.


Debbie Henderson

Utility Solutions Executive for VENTYX, an ABB company

Debbie supports sales of Ventyx Utility Solutions.  She brings over 30 years of experience in different sectors of the utility industry including a number of solution architect and business development positions at smart grid companies such as CellNet Data Systems, Silicon Energy, Itron, OSIsoft and Trilliant.  In addition, she has significant utility transmission and distribution experience from her 17 years at Pacific Gas & Electric.    

Debbie has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and an MBA from California State University, East Bay.   She is a registered electrical engineer in California and a Senior Member of the IEEE.

Gary Rackliffe

Gary Rackliffe is the ABB Vice President for Smart Grids North America.  He has been in this position since 2009 and leads ABB's smart grid initiatives in North America.  He recently also became the General Manager for the Smart Grid Center of Excellence located in Raleigh, North Carolina.   

With 30 years of electric grid transmission and distribution experience, Gary is a leading expert on technologies to promote grid reliability and efficiency, and the reliable integration of renewable energy resources into the electric grid. 

Gary is the current chair of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s Smart Grid Council and is a member of the DistribuTECH Advisory Committee, the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster Advisory Committee, and the IEC Smart Energy Systems Committee.

Gary holds BS and ME degrees in Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.  He is a Registered Professional Engineer and an IEEE Senior Member.  He has co-authored a T&D planning book, and has written numerous technical papers and articles.