New Opportunities: FPL Group Inc. announced that Toni Jennings was elected to the company’s board of directors. Jennings is the former lieutenant governor of Florida, the first woman to have held that office. Jennings completed her term as lieutenant governor in early January. Prior to serving in that role, she was a Florida state senator for 20 consecutive years after serving two terms as a member of the Florida House of Representatives.
Sierra Pacific Resources announced that Michael W. Yackira was elected president and COO and a member of the company’s board of directors, effective immediately. Yackira, who had served as the company’s CFO since December 2003, is succeeded in that role by William D. Rogers who, also effective immediately, was named senior vice president, CFO, and treasurer. Rogers has been the company’s treasurer since June 2005. Brian J. Kennedy, former president and CEO of Reno-based mining company Meridian Gold Inc., was elected to the company’s board of directors, also effective immediately. Kennedy served as president and CEO of Meridian Gold, a mining company, from 1996 until his retirement in 2006.
The board of directors of PG&E Corp. elected Thomas B. King as the corporation’s president, effective July 1, 2007. King currently is CEO of the corporation’s utility unit, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. He will assume the role of president from Peter A. Darbee, who will continue to lead the corporation as CEO and the chairman of the boards of directors.
Energy East Corp. announced that its board of directors promoted the following three officers to the positions indicated: Richard R. Benson – senior vice president and chief administrative officer; Robert D. Kump – senior vice president and CFO; and F. Michael McClain – senior vice president and chief development and integration officer. Previously, Benson had been vice president and chief administrative officer; Kump had been vice president, controller and chief accounting officer; and McClain had been vice president, treasurer, and chief integration officer.
Progress Energy Florida announced two leadership changes in the company’s St. Petersburg headquarters. Dale Oliver, previously vice president of the South Coastal Region, was promoted to vice president of transmission operations and planning for Florida, a new position. Oliver began working for Progress Energy in 2001. Mark Wimberly, director of operations business services in Raleigh, will replace Oliver as vice president of the South Coastal Region in Florida. Wimberly has been with Progress Energy since 2003.
The law firm of Godfrey & Kahn S.C. announced that David J. Gilles has joined the firm as a shareholder in the firm’s Milwaukee and Madison offices. Prior to joining the firm, Gilles spent four years serving as general counsel for the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.
Retired:Avista chairman of the board and CEO Gary G. Ely announced he would retire effective Dec. 31, 2007. The company’s board of directors elected Avista Corp. President and COO Scott L. Morris as chairman and CEO effective Jan. 1, 2008. In addition, the board appointed Morris as a director on the board effective immediately.
Thos. E. Capps announced that he would not seek re-election as chairman of the board or as a director of Dominion. Capps served as non-executive chairman since Jan. 1, 2006, when he retired as Dominion’s CEO. Capps served as CEO for approximately 15 years and chairman for approximately 13 years.