Following a 35-year career in the energy industry, and most recently serving as the CIO of Piedmont Natural Gas, Mr. Merlie is now leveraging his unique blend of business, operations and information technology experience, to provide consulting and advisory services to electric, water and gas utilities across the nation.
During his CIO tenure at Piedmont, he was responsible for the strategy, planning, architecture, infrastructure and delivery of information technology solutions to support Piedmont’s business objectives. His career includes a variety of leadership roles in the areas of engineering, operations and technology, both domestically and internationally. Prior to joining Piedmont, he was employed by Williams International in Caracas, Venezuela where he served as Director of Operations. Mr. Merlie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from North Carolina State University. In addition to his service on the Apparo board, he also serves on the boards of the Society for Information Management, the Midwood International and Cultural Center, and is the former president of the board of International House.