Utilities and associations
Roger W. Hale, chairman and CEO of LG&E Energy Corp., Louisville Gas & Electric Co. and Kentucky Utilities Co., announced his voluntary retirement from the companies effective April 30. He will also step down from the board of Powergen plc. Hale joined LG&E Energy Corp. in 1989. Hale’s replacement as CEO is Victor Staffieri, who will also join the Powergen board. Previously president and chief operating officer of LG&E Energy Corp., Staffieri joined LG&E Energy in 1992 as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary.
The board of directors of the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator Inc. (MISO) unanimously reelected James H. Young, Jr. to serve as chairman for another one-year term. The board also reelected Paul E. Hanaway as vice chairman. Young is former senior vice president for South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. in Columbia, S.C. Hanaway is a former commissioner of the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission and a former Rhode Island state senator and representative.
Southern Co. has named Andrew J. Dearman as the company’s first chief transmission officer. Dearman was senior vice president and chief technical officer at Southern Energy Inc.
National Grid U.S.A. has announced that four members of its executive team will assume new responsibilities this year. Michael E. Jesanis has been elected executive vice president. Cheryl A LaFleur moves into the post of president of National Grid’s utilities: Massachusetts Electric Co., Narragansett Electric Co., Granite State Electric Co. and Nantucket Electric Co. Lawrence Reilly has been named senior vice president and general counsel, and John G. Cochrane has been elected vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of National Grid U.S.A.
Allen Franklin was elected CEO of Southern Co. effective March 1, succeeding long-time chairman A.W. “Bill” Dahlberg, who announced he will retire as Southern chairman, effective with the spinoff of Mirant Corp. planned for April 2. Franklin will retain his president title in addition to being CEO. The board also elected Gale Klappa as Southern’s chief financial officer, effective March 1. He replaces Larry Westbrook, who announced his retirement following 37 years of service.
John W. Mahoney has been awarded the energy executive of the year award from the Association of Energy Engineers. Mahoney is president of CMS Viron Energy Services, an energy performance contracting unit of CMS Energy Corp.
Sempra Energy Solutions, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, has appointed Gary Hessenauer as senior vice president of sales. Prior to his appointment, Hessenauer was president and chief operating officer at Depsco Services, a small industrial and technical services company.
CES International, a supplier of real-time software solutions for distribution utilities, announced that Dave Jones has been named president and CEO. He has also been appointed to the board of directors. Jones comes to CES from Silicon Valley-based Reasoning Inc., consultants in software reliability and quality assurance, where he has served as CEO since 1996.
Altra Energy Technologies Inc. (a provider of electronic trading services and transaction management software to the energy industry) founder Rusty Braziel is leaving the company to launch Netrana, a new e-markets consulting and software firm. Altra president and CEO Paul Bourke will assume the chairman role.
Foxboro Co., a supplier of instruments, systems, software and services for industrial process automation, has appointed Michael Gissing as vice president and general manager for global SCADA. Previously, Gissing was president of Foxboro Canada and also served as Foxboro Canada’s vice president of sales.
Cooper Industries, a manufacturer of electrical products, tools and hardware, announced the following changes in its executive management structure: Ralph E. Jackson, Jr. has been promoted to the newly-created position of chief operating officer; Terry A. Klebe has been named chief information technology officer; David A. White, Jr. is the company’s new venture development officer.
Excelergy Corp., a software provider to the restructuring global energy markets, has hired Vincent J. Mauro as the company’s new vice president of global sales. Mauro most recently served as vice president of eastern region sales with application service provider Corio Inc.
Bill Hutzel has been named vice president of sales, eastern region for Johnstown America, a producer of railcars. Prior to his appointment, Hutzel was a product line manager and a 31-year Johnstown America veteran.