Edison Electric Institute (EEI) President Tom Kuhn was recognized as the 2015 Trade Association CEO of the Year during the Association Leadership Awards luncheon held in Washington, D.C. Presented by CEO Update, the award recognizes excellence in trade associations and professional societies.

“Tom Kuhn’s exceptional leadership and advocacy on behalf of EEI’s membership, his dedication to our mission, and his vision for our association are helping to position the electric utility industry for the future,” said EEI Chairman Nick Akins, Chairman, President and CEO of American Electric Power. “I thank Tom and the entire EEI team for their great work on a range of critically important issues that affect our industry and the customers we serve.”

Kuhn’s outstanding leadership and vision for EEI, which represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies, deliver exceptional member value on many legislative and policy fronts, according to the organization. Under Kuhn’s leadership, the EEI community also makes significant contributions to a variety of national and local charities, including the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the United Way, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, So Others Might Eat, and the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation, among others.

Kuhn is Chairman-Emeritus of the Committee of 100 of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and also of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, where he currently serves on the Board of the National Capital Chapter. He also serves on the Boards of the Washington Tennis and Education Foundation and the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation, and previously served on the Board of the National Park Foundation.

"I am tremendously honored to receive this award,” Kuhn said. “I share this award with my EEI colleagues and our member companies. Together we continue to advance our mission of ensuring that electricity is safe, reliable, affordable, and increasingly clean for all customers."

Kuhn was selected among 18 finalists by an independent panel of experts assembled by CEO Update.