People & Companies

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.

Energy marketers

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.

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People & Companies

Utilities and associations

The Nuclear Energy Institute has elected H. Peter Burg and Oliver D. Kingsley to its executive committee. Burg, chairman and CEO at FirstEnergy Corp., will serve on the committee through May 2002. Kingsley, president and chief nuclear officer at Exelon Nuclear, will serve through this May.

Stan Land has been promoted to vice president, information management, for Duke Energy. Land joined Duke Energy in 1996 as manager of customer, energy and corporate business applications. He previously served as executive vice president and general manager of EduServ Technologies Inc. in Winston Salem. Duke also named Jeff Triplette vice president, insurance. Triplette joined Duke Energy in 1974; he was appointed assistant treasurer of Duke in 1998.

The Weather Risk Management Association (WRMA) has appointed a new board of directors. Ravi Nathan of Aquila Energy, formerly vice president of WRMA, has been named president. Mark Tawney of Enron was named vice president. John Polasek of Koch Industries will continue as secretary/treasurer.

Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson appointed Erbin Keith, senior vice president of delivery and operations for Sempra Energy Solutions, to the Federal Energy Management Advisory Committee. The new federal panel, recently established by former President Clinton, will review energy management issues at federal facilities.

The board of directors of Consumers Energy, the utility unit of CMS Energy Corp., has elected John G. Russell to the post of senior vice president, electric transmission and distribution (T&D). Russell was previously vice president of electric T&D.

CMS Energy Corp. also announced Belinda Foxworth as the new senior vice president and general counsel of its diversified energy business unit, CMS Enterprises Co. She was previously vice president and general counsel. Foxworth joined CMS as assistant general counsel of CMS Energy’s independent power unit, CMS Generation Co. in 1995.

Cinergy Corp. has elected James E. Rogers chairman of the board. They have also named Joseph H. Randolph, who has served as chairman since 1994, chairman emeritus. Rogers will remain as president and CEO; Randolph will continue to serve as a director. The company also announced the appointment of Timothy J. Verhagen as vice president of human resources and Leigh Pefley as vice president and chief financial officer of the energy delivery business unit. Verhagen joins Cinergy from United Dominion Industries Ltd., where he was senior vice president, human resources and administration. Pefley moves from the position of vice president, corporate services at Cinergy. Prior to joining Cinergy, Pefley was employed by Arthur Anderson & Co.


Excelergy Corp., a provider of infrastructure software technology for energy markets, has appointed Stephen Gregorio as vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer. Gregorio comes to Excelergy from Vality Technology Inc., where he served as executive vice president and chief financial officer.

John G. Rice has been named president and CEO for GE Power Systems, a supplier of power generation technology. Rice, who has been executive vice president and chief operating officer of GE Power Systems since June, replaces Robert L. Nardelli, who has been named president and CEO of Home Depot.

CES International has elected a managing director of Cinergy Corp.’s venture capital arm to its board of directors. Brian Stallman joins the board following a recent investment in CES by Cinergy Ventures LLC.

SPL WorldGroup announced a new organization structure. Marketing and strategy is now the responsibility of J. Guerry Waters, senior vice president. He recently joined SPL from META Group. Product development within SPL WorldGroup is now the responsibility of Madeline Selig, vice president of product development. She joined SPL from Spear Technologies.

Donald L. Janecek, formerly of Entergy’s Grand Gulf Nuclear Station, recently joined Framatome Technologies Group (FTG) as vice president, project management and boiled water reactor service integration. Steven A. Huntington was recently named vice president, plant component services in FTG’s nuclear services organization. Huntington came to FTG from WESDYNE International, where he served as vice president of marketing and engineering.

Consultants and analysts

Sargent & Lundy LLC, a firm providing engineering, consulting, and project services for the energy industry, has announced a series of appointments. Robert G. Presnak has been named senior vice president. Stephen L. Delmotte has been named vice president, as has Dan J. Gullaksen. Gullaksen and Presnak will work in fossil and fossil fuel power while Delmotte will be with nuclear services support.