New Opportunities: Xcel Energy named David Sparby president and CEO of Northern States Power Minnesota. Sparby succeeds Cynthia Lesher who retired Sept. 30. Sparby headed Xcel Energy’s government and regulatory affairs division and that role will be filled by Scott Wilensky as vice president of government and regulatory affairs.
Entergy Corp. appointed Terence Burke general counsel and chief legal officer for EquaGen, the joint venture operating company to be owned 50 percent by Entergy and 50 percent by Enexus Energy, the company Entergy will spin off as new owner of its wholesale nuclear plants. Steven Agresta was named executive vice president, general counsel and chief legal officer for Enexus Energy.
NorthWestern Energy appointed Robert C. Rowe as president and CEO. He was co-founder and senior partner at Balhoff, Rowe & Williams, and earlier served on the Montana PSC.
New York ISO promoted Henry Chao to vice president of system and resource planning from director of system and resource planning.
The Nuclear Energy Institute elected John (Jack) S. Keenan, senior vice president and chief operating officer at Pacific Gas and Electric, to its executive committee.
Avista announced Mark Thies joined the company as senior vice president and CFO in September. The position was held by Malyn Malquist, Avista’s executive vice president who will continue to play an active role on the senior executive team.
Great Plains Energy, the holding company for KCP&L, realigned its executive team upon acquisition of Aquila, with John Marshall named executive vice president of utility operations, a new position. Mike Deggendorf will move from vice president of public affairs to senior vice president of delivery, a position previously held by Marshall. Bill Riggins is appointed general counsel and chief legal officer of Great Plains and Chuck Caisley is senior director of public affairs for KCP&L.
American Electric Power named Charles E. Zebula senior vice president and treasurer from senior vice president of fuels, emissions and logistics.
Calpine Corp. appointed Jack A. Fusco president and CEO, and also a member of the board. He succeeds Robert P. May who retired. Calpine named W. Thaddeus Miller executive vice president, chief legal officer and secretary. He was executive vice president and chief legal officer with Texas Genco.
Constellation Energy appointed Tony Padgett general manager of the Hillabee Energy Center, a partially completed 774-MW natural gas power plant in Alabama.
Pepco Energy Services hired John Glynn as regional energy manager to enhance expansion into the New England energy market.
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts appointed John E. Bryson as a senior advisor. He is the retired chairman and CEO of Edison International.
American Water Works appointed Walter Lynch to the new position of president of regulated operations and John Young as president of American Water Services, a new entity to promote service offerings. Young will continue in his position as president of American Water Works Service Co.
Black & Veatch announced the promotion of Michael A. (Mike) Elzey to senior vice president of its Enterprise Management Solutions (EMS) division. Ross C. Hemphill joined that division as a director in its rate and regulatory advisory practice.
California ISO appointed Laura Manz to the new position of vice president of the market and infrastructure development division. She was director of FERC and CAISO regulatory affairs for San Diego Gas & Electric.
ABB announced Martin Gross is the new region division manager and head of power systems, replacing retired Michael Barnoski.
Kissimmee Utility Authority promoted Greg Woessner to vice president of the new department of system compliance and operations.
Peabody Energy promoted Guy Brad Brown to executive for Southwest operations, from operations manager for Lee Ranch Coal Co. and El Segundo Coal Co.
KPMG LLP announced John P. Gimigliano joined its Washington National Tax practice as a principal. He was senior tax counsel for the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means and staff director for the Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures.
Allegheny Energy announced Eric S. Gleason is vice president, corporate development. He was executive director, natural resources at JP Morgan.
Arch Coal elected Robert G. Jones general counsel, secretary and senior vice president of law. Deck S. Slone was elected vice president, government, investor and public affairs from vice president of investor relations and public affairs.
Board Elections: UniSource Energy Corp. named Louise L. Francesconi to its board of directors and to the boards of UniSource’s primary subsidiaries, Tucson Electric Power and UniSource Energy Services. She is former president of Raytheon Missile Systems.
Atmos Energy elected Ruben E. Esquivel to its board as a Class 1 director. He is vice president for community and corporate relations at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
NorthWestern Corp. added Brian B. Bird as a director. He has been vice president and CFO at the utility since 2003.
OGE Energy Corp. named Wayne Brunetti to its board. He is the retired Xcel Energy chairman and CEO.
Georgia Power elected two new directors, Beverly Daniel Tatum and Stephen S. Green. Tatum is president of Spelman College and Green is president and CEO of Stephen Green Properties.
CenterPoint Energy elected Michael P. Johnson and Susan O. Rheney to its board. Johnson is retired senior vice president and chief administrative officer of the Williams Companies and Rheney is a private investor.
Resignations: James Yancey Kerr II, a commissioner on the North Carolina Utilities Commission and immediate past president of NARUC, left the commission August 31 to join McGuireWoods. He will lead the firm’s new energy policy practice in its Raleigh and Washington, D.C., offices.
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