President & CEO, NorthStar Energy
Bertrand (Bert) Valdman serves as President & CEO of NorthStar Energy, a leading provider of fuel and energy solutions in Alaska and Hawaii. Prior to this role, Valdman was the President & CEO of Optimum Energy, the leading provider of data-driven cooling and heating optimization solutions for enterprise facilities.
Prior to joining Optimum Energy, he was the Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning at Edison International, the parent company of Southern California Edison, one of the largest electric utilities in the country. Prior to Edison, he was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Puget Sound Energy where he was responsible for regulated electric and natural gas distribution operations, as well as the Customer Service, Information Technology, and Community Affairs functions. He also served as Puget Energy’s Chief Financial Officer from 2003 through 2007. Before joining Puget Sound Energy, Valdman was a Managing Director in JP Morgan’s investment banking group in New York and Paris. Valdman earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Northwestern University, as well as masters and doctoral degrees from Stanford University.
Bert Chairs the board of the Lakeside School in Seattle and has served on the Boards of Saltchuk Resources, Veresen Inc., and currently serves on the Board of portfolio companies of Oaktree Capital Management. On the side, Bert is a distance runner who enjoys spending time with his wife Madeleine and their three children.