Chairman and CEO
Oncor is one of the largest electricity transmission and distribution companies in the country, serving a population of approximately 10 million. Under Shapard's leadership, Oncor is an industry leader in innovation and in the deployment of new technologies to improve the quality of electric service and to enable consumers to lower their energy costs and reduce emissions. Oncor has an infrastructure investment program, which includes the system-wide installation of advanced meters. The installation will be completed by the end of 2012 and will be one of the largest deployments in the country. Shapard is also leading a significant expansion of the state's transmission grid and other new digital technologies across the network.
In addition to his role at Oncor, Shapard serves as the Chairman of GridWise Alliance (GWA). GWA is a leading advocacy organization focused on the advancement of all aspects of the country's electric grid. GWA is comprised of over 100 organizations, including utilities, telecoms, technology, equipment manufacturers, consultants, labs and universities.
Shapard has a wealth of operating, financial and leadership experience from past positions. He rejoined Oncor in late 2005 as a strategic advisor, helping to implement and execute growth and development strategies. Previously, he had served the company for 20 years in various financial and operating leadership roles, finishing as managing director of former subsidiary TXU Australia which owned and operated an electric generation business, a wholesale energy trading business, electric and gas retail businesses, and electric and gas regulated utility businesses based in Melbourne Australia. Prior to his current tenure at Oncor, he served as chief financial officer of Tenet Healthcare Corporation where he oversaw all financial activities for Tenet and its subsidiaries. Tenet operated one of the largest for profit hospital groups in the US employing over 75,000 people across the country.
Shapard holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Texas Tech University and became a certified public accountant, but no longer keeps an active license.
Shapard is active civically. He is co-chairman of The Dallas Mayor's Youth Fitness Initiative, which is focused on improving the health and fitness of children in Dallas. The initiative is designed to reverse trends in the declining health of children by addressing the root causes including lack of exercise and poor nutrition. Shapard serves on the board of the Dallas Regional Chamber and the Woodall Park Foundation board. He is also actively involved with the American Heart Association and served as the chairman of the 2012 Dallas Heart Walk.