Southern Co. chose Francis S. Blake to stand for election to its board of directors. Blake is an executive vice president at The Home Depot. Blake's election would bring the board to 11 members.
Mirant announced that M. Michele Burns is the company's new CFO and executive vice president, charged with leading the company's financial restructuring. Burns previously has been executive vice president for Delta Air Lines Inc. and a partner with Arthur Anderson LLP.
The Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO) hired John R. Bear as its first COO. Bear also will serve as senior vice president of the organization. Bear comes to MISO from Reliant Resources Inc., where he was president for the mid-atlantic and mid-continent Regions.
Former Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Vice President E. John Neumann joined USEC Inc. as vice president of government relations. He had been with EEI for nine years.
The Western Electricity Coordinating Council appointed Kwin Peterson as the council's communications specialist. Peterson has previous experience in arts-related marketing in Utah.
Ed Wilmot will succeed Ralph Erikson as manager of the Los Alamos Site Office of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Wilmot has monitored NNSA's Savannah River Site Office since December 2003.
Dominion named Richard Zelenko vice president of Dominion Retail Inc. and vice president of Dominion Products and Services Inc. He has been general manager of Dominion Retail since 2001.
PG&E Corp. elected Russell M. Jackson vice president of human resources. He had held the same position at PG&E Corp.'s Pacific Gas and Electric Co. since 1999.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry appointed Barry T. Smitherman to the state's Public Utility Commission. Smitherman has been an assistant district attorney since January of last year.
William N. Outlaw is the new director of communications for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). Also, Eliot B. Brenner joined NRC as director of its Office of Public Affairs. Outlaw comes to NRC from the Federal Highway Administration; Brenner has been a communications consultant since 2001.
Cleco Corp. promoted its CFO, Dilek Samil , to executive vice president. Samil had been serving Cleco as its CFO and senior vice president of finance.
The Southwest Power Pool Regional State Committee, during its first official meeting, elected Denise Bode as its president, the Daily Oklahoman reports.
Constellation Generation Group, a subsidiary of Constellation Energy, appointed David L. Rehn as senior vice president of fleet optimization. Rehn had been president and CEO of Rovsing Dynamics since 2000.
The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission named Glenn Backmon acting director of its regulatory services division while the current director, Dixie Linnenbrink , is on medical leave, according to Energy Central. Blackmon has been the group's assistant director for telecommunications since the mid-1990s.
Two Southern Co. environmental engineers, John Jansen and Larry Monroe , received the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Environment Sector Delivery and Application Research Champion Award. The award is given to engineers who use EPRI technology to benefit their customers.
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