Alison Zimlich is senior vice president, chief financial officer for GridLiance, the nation’s first independent transmission company to primarily focus on partnering with cooperatives, municipals, joint action agencies, and irrigation districts. In this role, Zimlich is responsible for all of the company’s financial functions including accounting, tax, treasury and finance. She also manages human resources.
Zimlich brings more than 20 years of experience in the power and utilities sector to her role. Before joining GridLiance in 2017, Zimlich served as the chief financial officer and treasurer of Panda Power Funds where she was responsible for the firm’s accounting, tax, treasury and financial planning functions during its high growth period. Zimlich began her career in the industry at The AES Corporation. During her 17 years at AES, she held roles of increasing responsibility, serving in a variety of finance and business development roles before rising to the rank of CFO for the company’s North America Generation division. In that role, she managed the financial strategy and operations for the division’s 25 thermal and wind generation businesses located in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Mexico, which generated $1.5 billion in annual revenue. Prior to joining AES, Zimlich worked as a tax consultant at EY.
Zimlich earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting at Texas State University and a Master of Science degree in taxation from American University. She is a certified public accountant and a chartered global management accountant.