Rendall steps down as Vt. Gas president
SOUTH BURLINGTON — Vermont Gas Systems President and CEO Don Rendall plans to step down in September 2020 after six years leading the company. The VGS Board of Directors has selected respected public and private sector leader Neale Lunderville as the next President and CEO.
Rendall joined VGS in 2015, where he stabilized and led the successful completion of the Addison Natural Gas Project, bringing families and businesses in Addison County what officials call a cleaner, more affordable energy choice. Under Rendall’s leadership, VGS became the first utility in the U.S. to offer a renewable natural gas program to its customers and a key partner supporting local generation of renewable natural gas in Addison County. Rendall launched VGS’ Climate Plan last Fall to achieve deep reductions in carbon emissions and net zero by 2050. During his tenure, VGS customers have enjoyed a steady decline in the cost of heating homes and businesses.
Lunderville’s career spans public and private sectors with an emphasis on innovation, energy, and collaboration. He served the administration of Gov. Douglas as Secretary of Transportation and Administration. He was Irene Recovery Officer leading the state’s response to Tropical Storm Irene for Gov. Peter Shumlin, and most recently he served the administration of Gov. Phil Scott assisting in the State’s immediate health and economic response to the global COVID-19 pandemic. He has also served as General Manager of the Burlington Electric Department for four years. In the private sector, Lunderville worked for Green Mountain Power, and co-founded and led NG Advantage, a company that serves compressed natural gas to customers off the pipeline.
Lunderville, who consulted for VGS on their work to become net zero by 2050, will join the company in June and become President and CEO on Oct. 1.