New Opportunities:FirstEnergy made a series of leadership changes in its utility business: David J. Karafa, formerly president of FirstEnergy's Pennsylvania utility operations, was named v.p., distribution support for FirstEnergy Utilities. Karafa will report to Steven E. Strah, who was recently named senior v.p. and president of FirstEnergy Utilities. Linda L. Moss, formerly regional president, Toledo Edison, will replace Karafa as president of Pennsylvania operations. Richard S. Sweeney will replace Moss as regional president, Toledo Edison. He previously served as Toledo Edison's director of operations services. Edward L. Shuttleworth was named regional president of Met-Ed. He was previously director of operations services for The Illuminating Company.
Exelon Generation named Michael J. Pacilio, Exelon Nuclear's president and chief nuclear officer, as executive v.p. and COO of Exelon Generation. Bryan Hanson, Exelon Nuclear COO, was promoted to senior v.p., Exelon Generation, and president and chief nuclear officer of Exelon Nuclear, replacing Pacilio.
CenterPoint Energy appointed William (Bill) D. Rogers, as executive v.p. of finance and accounting. Rogers was most recently v.p. and treasurer at American Water Works Company.
Black Hills Corporation named two corporate officers. Esther J. Newbrough was appointed v.p. - corporate controller. She served previously as assistant corporate controller and director of internal audit. Kimberly F. Nooney was appointed v.p.-treasurer. She previously served in numerous roles including internal audit, corporate development, accounting systems, treasury, and financial planning and analysis.
Consumers Energy completed several changes in its leadership: Dan Malone was named senior v.p. of energy resources. He previously served as senior v.p. of distribution operations and engineering & transmission. Patti Poppe was named senior v.p. of distribution operations, engineering and transmission. She served previously as v.p. of customer experience, rates and regulation. Garrick Rochow was named v.p. of customer experience, rates and regulation, and quality. He had served served as v.p. of customer operations and quality, and as v.p. of energy delivery. Cathy Hendrian, former director of human resources, was named v.p. of human resources.
Duke Energy named Melissa Anderson senior v.p. and chief human resources officer. Anderson most recently served as senior v.p. of human resources for Domtar, Inc.
Associations: The New York Independent System Operators (NYISO) extended president and CEO Stephen Whitley's contract through mid-2016, when he plans to retire. NYISO also promoted two leaders: Richard Dewey was promoted from senior v.p. and CIO to executive v.p.
In addition, Thomas Rumsey was promoted to senior v.p. of external affairs.
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) named Timothy Sullivan to serve as interim executive director.
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) appointed Georgia Public Service Commissioner Stan Wise as chair of NARUC's Committee on Gas.
Board of Directors:Alabama Power elected Dr. Cathy Randall and Anthony A. "A.J." Joseph to its board of directors. Dr. Randall is chairman of the board of Pettus Randall Holdings and former chairman of the board of Randall Publishing Company. Joseph is an attorney and shareholder with Maynard Cooper & Gale.
Puget Sound Energy named Melanie J. Dressel as chairperson of its board of directors. Dressel will also be board chair of PSE's parent company, Puget Energy. Dressel is president and CEO of Columbia Bank.
CMS Energy and Consumers Energy appointed Myrna M. Soto, senior v.p. of Comcast and Deborah H. Butler, executive v.p. of Norfolk Southern, to its board of directors.
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