Toshiba names CEO for new Charlotte energy firm

Toshiba has named Ali Azad as the first president and chief executive of newly-formed Toshiba America Energy Systems, to be based in Charlotte.

The new company, announced in December, will start operating April 1 and employ about 500 people.

The company was formed from three existing businesses: Toshiba International in thermal and hydroelectric power plants; and Toshiba America Nuclear Energy and Toshiba-owned Westinghouse Electric in steam turbines and generators for nuclear plants.

Toshiba said the reorganization was intended to expand the Japanese company’s presence in North America. Toshiba has supplied more than 100 steam turbines and generators for thermal and nuclear power plants, and also does maintenance and repairs.

Azad was previously president of BHI Energy, a Massachusetts-based firm that does specialty maintenance, technical and radiation protection work. He holds degrees from Georgia Institute of Technology and Wake Forest University.