Jeff Grybowski, who served in the Carcieri administration from 2003 to 2007 including 10 months as the governor’s chief of staff, has joined Deepwater Wind as its chief administrative officer and senior vice president for strategy and external affairs, the company said today.
Deepwater, of course, is the hedge fund-backed wind power company picked by Carcieri in September 2008 to develop two offshore wind farms with the state’s enthusiastic (but non-financial) support. Bill Lynch, now a candidate for Congress, criticized Grybowski’s involvement with Deepwater back in 2008 when he was head of the R.I. Democratic Party. It will be interesting to see if he or his brother, Attorney General Patrick Lynch – another Deepwater critic – will sound off on Grybowski’s hiring.
Deepwater also announced that it is now officially a Rhode Island company, with its Providence office serving as its corporate headquarters; before, the HQ had been in Hoboken, N.J., near the New York City base of the company’s chief financial backer, D. E. Shaw. The Hoboken office remains open. No sign of the press release on Deepwater’s website yet.
On a related note, all this news comes the same day Carcieri co-wrote an op-ed in Politico calling on Congress to approve a federal Renewable Electricity Standard.
Update: No mention of Grybowski’s hiring in a Carcieri press release issued moments ago praising Deepwater’s decision to make Providence its corporate home. “This decision by Deepwater Wind to relocate its corporate headquarters to Rhode Island is further proof of the company’s commitment to help us develop the nation’s first offshore wind farm and create good paying jobs for Rhode Islanders,” the governor said. (Carcieri also put Grybowski on the Judicial Nominating Commission last year.)
Update #2: Checked in with a Deepwater spokeswoman to double-check on what the corporate headquarters relocation really means. The company’s senior management team will indeed by based here in Providence, while the Hoboken office will be “a development office only,” she said.
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