"To enhance that natural utility growth of around 2 percent per year, we want to surround the utilities with a portfolio of non-utility businesses that have higher growth prospects."
New Opportunities: The California Independent System Operator board of governors hired Yakout Mansour , a 30-year veteran of western grid operations, to be its president and CEO.
Marsha Johnson , Birmingham Division vice president at Alabama Power, was appointed vice president of diversity and chief diversity officer for Southern Co. Bryan Fletcher , Georgia Power's Northern Region distribution vice president, was appointed vice president of supply chain management at Southern Co. Pete Ivey, vice president of Georgia Power's administrative services, was appointed vice president in Southern Co.'s transmission organization.
Christopher M. Reitz has been named interim general counsel and corporate secretary by Richard C. Green , chairman and CEO of Aquila Inc. Reitz currently is assistant general counsel and assistant secretary for Aquila. He succeeds Leslie J. Parrette, Jr.
Retired Navy Admiral Frank L. (Skip) Bowman became the new president and CEO of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI). Bowman succeeds Joe F. Colvin , who retired after nine years as NEI's top executive. Bowman ended his military career in December 2004 after 38 years in the Navy. At the time of his retirement, he was an admiral serving as director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.
AGL Resources named Robert Duvall vice president and general manager, Virginia and Maryland operations. Prior to this move, Duvall served as managing director of Field Operations at Atlanta Gas Light, another AGL Resources subsidiary. AGL Resources also announced that Myra Coleman had been appointed corporate secretary and securities counsel, effective immediately. She previously served as executive director, corporate governance and securities counsel.
ABB appointed Sandy Taylor as ABB Canada's president and country manager. Taylor will continue his role as Global Business Unit Manager, Oil and Gas, for the Automation Technologies Division. Taylor has more than 20 years' experience working with utility and industry customers in Canada.
Shuffle Board: The California Independent System Operator board of governors elected Ken Wiseman -appointed to the board last year-as the new chair. Tim Gage , appointed to the board in 2003, was named vice chair. He has been serving as chair of the ISO Finance Committee.
TriEagle Energy LP re-elected two executives to committee positions with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) for 2005. Martin P. Downey Jr. , vice president of energy supply, was re-elected to the Technical Advisory Committee. Robert C. Case , senior vice president and COO of TriEagle, was re-elected to the Retail Market Subcommittee (RMS) of ERCOT.
Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire appointed Mark Sidran chairman of the state's Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC). She also appointed Philip Jones to one of the three commission posts. He currently is partner with the Foster Pepper and Shefelman law firm.
Resigned: National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners President Marilyn Showalter will step down as president upon leaving her position as chairwoman of the Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission.
AmeriGas Propane Inc., general partner of AmeriGas Partners, L.P., announced that Martha B. Lindsay , vice president-finance and CFO, would resign her position effective April 15. Until a successor is named, Michael J. Cuzzolina will assume Lindsay's duties.