New Opportunities: Aquila Inc. announced that Norma F. Dunn has been named senior vice president, corporate communications. Prior to joining Aquila, Dunn worked 17 years in a variety of roles of increasing responsibility for El Paso Corp.
Andrew W. Patterson, formerly senior vice president of corporate development at American Electric Power (AEP), has rejoined Mercer Management Consulting as a director in the firm's utilities consulting practice. He is based in Atlanta.
William S. Cooper III, a a partner at Hunton & Williams LLP in Washington, D.C., has been named executive director of the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas (CLNG).
James von Riesemann has been named director of investor relations at FPL Group. Von Riesemann joins FPL Group from Lazard Freres & Co. LLC of New York, N.Y., where he held the position of vice president, power & utilities investment banking.
Britt T. McKinney, vice president-Nuclear Site Operations at the Susquehanna nuclear power plant, has been promoted to senior vice president and chief nuclear officer of PPL Generation, a subsidiary of PPL Corp. McKinney, who is a 30-year veteran of the nuclear power industry, served in his current position since May 2004.
Areva subsidiary Cogema Inc. announced the appointment of Dr. Alan Hanson as its executive vice president and Sam Shakir as director of strategy. Both Hanson and Shakir will retain their current roles at Areva subsidiary Transnuclear Inc.: Hanson as president and CEO and Shakir as vice president, marketing and business development.