The utility talent gap is widening. New technologies and evolving markets call for a more proactive approach to building the future workforce.
New Opportunities: Black Hills Corp. , due to the planned retirement in March 2011 of Tom Ohlmacher , president and COO of the non-regulated energy business, expanded the role of Linn Evans, president and COO of the utility businesses to include power generation and coal mining. Stuart Wevik , previously v.p. of electric utilities, is now v.p., utility operations. Ivan Vancas , previously v.p., operations for Black Hills Energy-Kansas and Colorado Gas, now is v.p. utility services. Steve Pella , previously v.p., natural gas utilities, now is v.p. strategic initiatives. Brian Iverson , v.p. of electric regulatory services, assumes interim responsibility for resource planning and renewable energy integration.
Southern Co. , due to the planned retirement Dec. 1, 2010 of CEO David M. Ratcliffe , named COO Thomas A. Fanning as president, with the expectation he will become chairman and CEO when Ratcliffe retires. Art P. Beattie was named executive v.p. and CFO. W. Paul Bowers, Southern Co. CFO was named COO of subsidiary Georgia Power and remains an executive v.p. of Southern, as well as serving on its management council. Anthony J. Topazi was named executive v.p. and COO of Southern Co., succeeding Fanning. Edward Day , VI succeeded Topazi and was named president and CEO of subsidiary, Mississippi Power. Bryan Anderson was named v.p., governmental affairs in the Washington, D.C. office. Southern Co. named Xia Liu as v.p. of finance for Southern Co. Services and assistant treasurer of Southern Co.
More Southern Co. announcements: Michael L. Burroughs was named v.p. and senior production officer for Gulf Power. Stanley W. Connally, Jr. was named senior v.p. and senior production officer for Georgia Power. Kimberly D. Flowers was named v.p., technical services, generation. William “Bill” C. Grantham , was named v.p. and CFO, operations. James “Jim” P. Heilbron , was named senior v.p. and senior production officer for Southern Power. Penny M. Manuel was named executive v.p., engineering and construction services, generation. R. Allen Reeves was named v.p. and senior production officer for Mississippi Power. Murry Weaver was named, v.p., Southern Wholesale Energy.
Constellation Energy hired Bruce J. Stewart as managing director and chief marketing officer in the retail energy business. He was CEO of the mobile/ digital division of kgb.
TECO Energy promoted John B. Ramil from president and COO to president and CEO. He succeeds Sherrill W. Hudson , formerly board chairman and CEO, who will serve as executive board chairman ending December 2012.
Cleco Power promoted George Bausewine , senior v.p. of corporate services, to president and COO.
Tres Amigas appointed David Stidham as COO. For the last eight years he has been designing and building large-scale wind farms and renewable projects.
Vectren announced that Jerry Benkert , executive v.p. and CFO, adds president of Vectren Shared Services to his duties. Dan Bugher , v.p., adds the role of performance management. Robert Goocher , v.p. and treasurer, adds investor relations duties.
Chesapeake Utilities promoted Mathew Kim to assistant v.p. from controller. Kevin J. Webber was hired as v.p. of business development and gas operations at subsidiary, Florida Public Utilities