Cheryl W. Gris´e was promoted to senior vice president, secretary and general counsel for Northeast Utilities and its subsidiaries. She replaces Robert P. Wax, who left NU to return to private law practice.
Houston Industries Trading and Transportation Group appointed Patrick J. Strange vice president, physical gas trading east division for NorAm Energy Services Inc. Strange joined the company in 1995, serving as director of gas trading.
DTE Energy Trading named Dowell Hudson director, business development and wholesale marketing. Jack Sullivan was named senior energy trader and Susan Whitener, power marketer. Most recently, Hudson worked in the power system operations and wholesale marketing departments of Entergy Corp. Prior to joining DTE Energy Trading, Sullivan worked as director of trading and operations at MidCon Power Services. Whitener will be leaving the Michigan Electric Power Coordination Center to join DTE Energy Trading.
Keith McKennon succeeds Fred Buckman as CEO of PacifiCorp. McKennon also is company chairman, a position he has held since 1994.
Douglas T. Lake was appointed executive vice president and chief strategic officer for Western Resources. Since 1995, Lake has been with Bear Stearns as a senior investment banker.
Entergy Operations named Michael Kansler vice president of operations support. Kansler comes to Entergy from Virginia Power where he was vice president of its nuclear program.
Aquila Energy has doubled the size of its industrial marketing group, opening new offices in Pittsburgh and Chesapeake, Va. James A. Dayka will head the Pittsburgh office. This office will focus on the industrialized areas of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan. David H. Dallaglio will head the Chesapeake office and will focus on the industrial belt running south from Pennsylvania.
Les Bryan, president, COO and a member of the board of directors of Washington Water Power, has retired. Board Chairman and CEO Tom Matthews will assume the president's role for the near future.
Michelle L. Chicoine was promoted to executive vice president of EnergyNorth Inc., president of EnergyNorth Natural Gas Inc. and vice chairman of EnergyNorth Propane Inc. and ENI Mechanicals Inc. Chicoine currently serves as senior vice president, treasurer and CFO of EnergyNorth Inc. and its subsidiaries.
Pamela Woodside was named principal account representative for Detroit Edison's ethnic marketing group. Woodside will build business relationships and deliver energy-related products/services.
Mike Burke, co-founder of New Energy Ventures and currently executive vice president, will assume leadership of the company's strategic and technology efforts by serving as chairman of NEV Technologies. The day-to-day operations will be handled by Lisa Bicker, senior vice president and COO of New Energy Ventures.
Omni Energy Services Corp. named Robert F. Nash executive vice president and COO. Nash also was elected to the board of directors. Previously, Nash held several senior executive positions with Halliburton.
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