Group president of Duke Energy's Energy Services, Harvey Padewer, has announced his resignation from the company, as has Jim Donnell, formerly president and chief executive officer of Duke Energy North America (DENA). Their resignations were part of organizational and management changes in the Energy Services and Gas Transmission divisions announced by Duke Energy President and Chief Operating Officer Fred Fowler on Dec. 4, 2002. The Energy Services group is being reorganized from a group structure into two major lines of business between international and merchant energy trading and marketing. This reorganization eliminates the group president roles from Duke Energy Transmission and Energy Services.
Michigan Public Service Commissioner David Svanda has been elected president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). He also will continue as MPSC commissioner, a role he has served in since 1995. Svanda is a member of the Federal Communications Commission's Local and State Advisory Committee, past president of the Mid-American Regulatory conference, and an advisor to the MSU Institute of Public Utilities and the National Regulatory Research Institute.
Douglas Lake and John Dicus resigned from ONEOK's board of directors. Both have served as Westar's representatives since ONEOK's purchase of Westar's Kansas gas distribution assets. Lake is executive vice president and chief strategic officer of Westar Energy, and Dicus is president and COO of Capitol Federal Savings Bank. Westar Energy is selling its ownership stake in ONEOK.
Richard Mathias, former chair of the Illinois Commerce Commission, has joined PJM Interconnection at its new Chicago office to work as the local PJM liaison with Midwest policy-makers. Mathias led the ICC during the implementation of the 1997 Illinois electric restructuring law. At PJM he will focus on Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.
Two new members have joined Contango Oil & Gas Co.'s board of directors. Joseph Comofelice, president and CEO of Aquilex Services and a CPA, will chair the audit committee. Michael Childers is president of Entergy Asset Management.
USEC, a supplier of enriched uranium fuel for commercial nuclear power plants, has hired Richard Miller as managing director of corporate development. Miller's career in corporate and strategy development has encompassed Hewlett-Packard, Texas Instruments, Sun Microsystems and McKinsey & Co.
Benjamin Fowke III has been named vice president and treasurer at Xcel Energy. The former vice president and CFO of energy markets for Xcel replaces Paul Pender. Pender left to serve as CFO for TRANSLink Development, a partnership working to launch TRANSLink Transmission, a new independent transmission company to be owned by Xcel Energy and five other utilities.
Thomas King has been appointed president of the PG&E National Energy Group. His appointment follows the retirement of Thomas Boren, PG&E NEG president and CEO and PG&E Corp. executive vice president. King also will continue as PG&E Corp. senior vice president.
Oak Ridge Micro-Energy announced the appointment of George Metos as vice president of strategic planning. Most recently, Metos was the chairman and founder of Kodiak Interactive Software. Oak Ridge Micro-Energy is a provider of micro thin-film energy sources.
PSEG has appointed Laura Langer as vice president-risk management and chief risk officer. Langer comes to PSEG from OPG&E Corp., where she had been vice president-risk management. She also is the treasurer for the Committee of Chief Risk Officers.
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