National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) (Rosslyn, VA): Sonia Vahedian was appointed COO. She joins NEMA from the American Petroleum Institute (API), where she served as the VP of revenue generating programs. While with API, Ms. Vahedian drove strategy and launched several mission-critical API programs; increased revenues by more than $2.5 million; established a Covid-19 strategy to mitigate potential business losses; and helped define and launch an industry-wide effort to enhance diversity equity and inclusion.
“I’m excited to step into this new role and help position NEMA to support our members through the energy transition, once-in-a-generation infrastructure investments, a critical moment in building resilient, future-proofed supply chains, while innovating an electrified innovative future,” Vahedian said in the press release.
She began her career in energy, where she served in various industry segments in business development, technical, and operational roles with BP/Amoco, Statoil/Equinor, and Kinder Morgan in the Midcontinent and Appalachian Regions. Vahedian has a B.S. in chemical engineering & material science from the University of Oklahoma.