Bernerd was named AES’ COO in January 2015. Responsible for AES’ global operations including more than 35,000 MW and eight utilities serving tens of millions of people, Bernerd drives our businesses’ operational excellence, performance and efficiencies. He played a critical role in the implementation of AES’ six Strategic Business Units (SBUs) to further the execution of AES’ strategy by driving business performance through asset, work, revenue and sourcing management programs, replicating best practices globally and achieving world-class performance. Bernerd puts safety first and is proud that AES people and operations contractors have achieved global lost time incident rates that rank in the top 10% based on US benchmarks.
He brings proven experience in international corporate finance and business transformation for generation, transmission and distribution companies in the United States, Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia to his role as COO. Bernerd built his capabilities through positions of increasing responsibility prior to becoming COO. Most recently, he served as CFO for AES’ Global Finance Operations. He was previously CFO for the Utilities group and for the Latin America and Africa group. Bernerd joined AES through its acquisition of La Electricidad de Caracas (EDC) where he held a number of leadership positions.
Bernerd is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Universidad José Maria Vargas with Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Public Administration, Business Management and Finance, and an MBA. He also completed the Advanced Program at Instituto de Estudios Superiores y de Administración (IESA) in Caracas. Bernerd is a member of the Boards of AES Brasiliana, AES Tietê, AES Eletropaulo, AES Gener and Indianapolis Power and Light. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of privately held AES companies.