Brian Bird - President and Chief Operations Officer, NorthWestern Corporation
Brian Bird is president and chief operations officer of NorthWestern Energy where he oversees all operations, including electric and natural gas transmission and distribution, and energy supply. He previously served as vice president and chief financial officer. Prior to joining NorthWestern in 2003, Brian was chief financial officer and principal of Insight Energy, Inc., a Chicago-based independent power generation development company. Previously, he served as vice president and treasurer of NRG Energy, Inc., in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He holds an MBA in finance from the University of Minnesota and is a certified public accountant and certified cash manager. Brian attended the Energy Executive Course in 2008.