Student in MBA for Executives Program Earns Top Honors at PNC Bank

12/20/2013 5:28:00 PM

Nana Wilberforce, MBA 15, recognized for his plan to realize $15 million in energy savings   


Nana Wilberforce, MBA ’15 was recently awarded the PNC Performance Award at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, before more than 2,000 employees, with more than 50,000 employees also watching via live streaming. Wilberforce, who joined PNC in 2009, was one of eight top-performing employees selected for the annual prize, now in its 21st year. Bill Demchak, CEO of PNC Bank, presented the award, and mentioned Wilberforce’s enrollment in the MBA program at Johnson.

 Shortly after joining PNC, Wilberforce developed an energy plan that reduced the company’s energy spending by $15 million over 5 years, even as the company increased its real estate holdings. His efforts were covered recently by the Pittsburgh Business Times.

 “In the past few years, I have reduced overall PNC energy expenditures by more than 10 percent annually,” Wilberforce said.  “I attacked the problem from both a supply and demand perspective, giving PNC a state-of-the-industry program.”

 At PNC, Wilberforce leads internal seminars on energy efficiency and energy saving, and outside of the company, he serves as a volunteer instructor on energy management for local universities. At Carnegie Mellon, Wilberforce is working on plug-load-management research,which was featured in the Wall Street Journal. He is also on the advisory board of Emerge Alliance, a group that seeks to help the U.S. move toward smarter power distribution.

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