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Fortnightly Magazine - July 2011

New Opportunities: Constellation Energy named Michelle Robinette McKenna chief information officer (CIO). Most recently, McKenna served as president of Vision Interactive Media Group in Orlando, Fla.

Xcel Energy’s board of directors elected Benjamin G.S. Fowke III , currently president and COO, to succeed Richard C. Kelly as chairman and CEO, effective upon Kelly’s August 24, 2011 retirement.

Steven B. Ambrose has been named v.p. and CIO at DTE Energy . He replaces Lynne Ellyn, who has announced her retirement. He most recently served as director for enterprise performance management at DTE Energy.

Alliant Energy’s board of directors elected John Kratchmer to serve as v.p. and treasurer. Kratchmer most recently served as v.p., energy delivery at Alliant.

American Superconductor announced that Daniel P. McGahn , president and COO, was appointed CEO and a member of the board of directors. McGahn succeeds founder Gregory J. Yurek, who is retiring after more than two decades of service.

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) appointed Karen Austin as senior v.p. and chief information officer (CIO). Most recently, Austin was CIO for Sears Holdings.

Melissa Houskamp recently joined NTE Energy as CFO. Houskamp previously was a principal at MAS Energy, where she led project finance efforts.

Scientific Conservation Inc. (SCI) named Andrew Tang executive v.p., strategy, business development and utility channel. Prior to joining SCI, Tang was PG&E’s senior director, customer energy products.

GDF SUEZ named Kelly Tomblin regional v.p., PJM and Mid-Atlantic. Most recently she served as v.p. of corporate strategy and services in North America for International Power.

OTE Corp. appointed Ted Johnson as v.p., OTEC (ocean thermal energy conversion) program development. Previously, Johnson served as the director of Lockheed Corp.’s ocean systems division.

PPL Susquehanna appointed Russ Kearney as site v.p. Kearney was site v.p. at the Clinton Power Station.

Conservation Services Group (CSG) promoted Larry D. Brown as program director in the energy service firm’s Peoria, Ill. office. Brown joined CSG in 2008 as a program manager.

NorthWestern Energy appointed two new members to the executive management team following the death of a senior executive in March. Mike Cashell was promoted from chief transmission officer to v.p., transmission, and John Hines was promoted from chief energy supply officer to v.p., supply.


Boards of Directors: The PJM Interconnection Members Committee elected Charles F. Robinson to its board of managers. Robinson is v.p. of legal affairs for the regents of the University of California. He previously served as v.p., general counsel and corporate secretary at the California Independent System Operator.

A. Steven Crown , general partner of Chicago-based Henry Crown and Co., has been appointed to ComEd’s board of directors.

Avista’s board of directors named Donald C. Burke and Rick R. Holley as new directors, who will join the board on August 1. Burke serves as an independent trustee for the Goldman Sachs mutual fund complex. Holley is chairman of the National Alliance of Forestland Owners, and also is a director of Sustainable Forestry Initiative and a trustee of the American Forest Foundation.

ISO New England elected four board members, including two new directors who will