People (October 2015)

Fortnightly Magazine - October 2015

New Opportunities

James H. Lash

FirstEnergy has made management changes to expand roles and responsibilities for numerous key executives. James H. Lash, president of FirstEnergy Generation, was named executive v.p. of FirstEnergy Corp. and president, FirstEnergy Generation. James F. Pearson, senior v.p. and CFO, was named executive v.p. and CFO of FirstEnergy. Charles D. Lasky, v.p., fossil fleet operations, was elected senior v.p., human resources. Donald A. Moul, v.p. of commodity operations, was promoted to v.p., fossil operations and environmental. Peter J. Kotsenas was named v.p., central fleet operations. Frederick G. von Ahn, currently v.p., central fleet operations, will represent FirstEnergy Generation on the corporate strategy team led by senior v.p., strategy Gary D. Benz. Replacing Kotsenas as v.p., east fleet operations is Daniel T. Rossero, formerly director of generation safety and human performance. Gregory H. Halnon, fleet director of regulatory affairs, was promoted to v.p., regulatory affairs and laboratory services. Trent A. Smith, v.p. of sales and marketing for FirstEnergy Solutions, was named v.p., supply chain of FirstEnergy. Gary W. Grant, director of customer contact centers, was promoted to v.p. of customer service of FirstEnergy Utilities. Completing the organizational changes for FirstEnergy, William J. Boyd, director of vegetation management, was promoted to the newly created position of v.p., asset management.

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) named Emily Shults, currently director of construction services, as v.p. of electric & fuel procurement.

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Pacific Gas and Electric appointed Robert Kenney as v.p. for regulatory relations - CPUC (Calif. Pub. Utils. Comm'n). Kenney joins PG&E from his role as chairman of the Missouri Public Service Commission. Bernard Cowens was appointed v.p. and chief information security officer at PG&E and Kathleen Kay as v.p., business technology. Cowens joins PG&E from his role as chief information security officer at First American Financial Corporation. Kay was previously director of application development and support for OnStar. Melissa Lavinson was named chief sustainability officer, an expansion of her existing role as v.p. of federal affairs.

American Electric Power named Stephan T. Haynes senior v.p., strategic initiatives and chief risk officer. Haynes was promoted from v.p., strategic initiatives and chief risk officer.

James F. Pearson

In addition, AEP named Stanley E. Partlow v.p. and chief security officer. Partlow served as managing director, security & aviation, since 2010.

AEP Texas named Tom Coad v.p. of distribution operations. Coad is currently manager of distribution systems in the Rio Grande Valley District.

Consumers Energy appointed Charles Crews as v.p. for gas operations, and Scott McIntosh as v.p. for tax. Crews joined Consumers Energy in 2013 after 19 years serving in roles of increasing responsibility at NiSource. McIntosh most recently served as director of tax compliance and accounting.


Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) hired former NYISO senior v.p. of external & regulatory affairs, Thomas Rumsey as v.p. of external affairs.

Board of Directors

Emily Shults

James T. Prokopanko was elected to Xcel Energy's board of directors. He will serve on the board's audit and operations, nuclear, environmental and safety committees. Prokopanko most recently served as president and CEO of Mosaic Co.

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Eric Satz became a member of the Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors, taking the oath of office in a ceremony in Nashville. His term will expire on May 18, 2018. Director Satz serves as a managing member of the Tennessee Community Ventures Fund, LLC, a company he co-founded in 2009, and is executive chairman to three TNCV portfolio companies.

Black Hills Corp. appointed Mark A. Schober to its board of directors. Schober most recently served as senior v.p. and CFO for ALLETE until 2014.


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