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ITC Holdings CEO speaks on leadership at Lawrence Tech Feb. 28

Release Date: February 14, 2012

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Joseph Welch, chairman, president and CEO of ITC Holdings Corp. in Novi, will discuss “The Power of Leadership” at the President’s Leadership Seminar, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 1-2 p.m. at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 West Ten Mile Road, Southfield.

The seminar, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Science Building auditorium.

The President’s Leadership Seminars, inaugurated by Lawrence Tech President Lewis Walker last year, provide a forum for leaders who can show that innovation results from collaboration among diverse disciplines and a desire to solve an important problem. The seminars relate to the areas of expertise and the academic programs offered at Lawrence Tech.

Welch will discuss his own leadership style and how it was formed. He will talk about the importance of leadership education and how leaders are developed at ITC. He will also describe the challenges involved in creating ITC, what it has become, and its future direction.

 ITC Holdings is the nation’s largest independent electricity transmission company. It invests in the electric transmission grid to improve system reliability, expand access to markets, lower the overall cost of delivered energy and allow new generating resources to interconnect to its transmission systems in seven states.

As chairman, president and CEO, Welch has been focused on providing best-in-class service to customers. He has been a leading voice for developing an energy policy that will support an evolving energy future and national economic development.

Since the beginning of his career in the utility business in 1971, Welch has held positions of increasing responsibility in electricity transmission, distribution, rates, load research, marketing, pricing, and regulatory affairs. He established ITC Transmission as a stand-alone entity from its parent corporation in 2003.

Welch has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kansas and is a licensed professional engineer in Michigan. He is the co-author of “Competitive Energy Markets: The Power of Choice.”

Lawrence Technological University,, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. Students benefit from small class sizes and experienced faculty who provide a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus include over 60 student groups and NAIA varsity sports.