S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a weekly rundown of recent executive management, board and regulatory changes in the energy industry. The moves are listed by sector in reverse chronological order.
* Oglethorpe Power Corp. on Dec. 8 announced changes to its leadership team. Annalisa Bloodworth, previously deputy general counsel, was promoted to senior vice president and general counsel. Bloodworth replaces Chuck Whitney, who is retiring at the end of the year. Lori Holt was named to senior vice president for fuels and co-owned assets. She was previously the vice president for fuels and energy. Holt will also handle the contracts associated with the co-owned coal and nuclear assets, previously managed by Clarence Mitchell, senior vice president of regulatory and contract operations, who is also retiring by year end. Toni Presnell was named vice president for environmental affairs, replacing Doug Fulle who is retiring by the end of the year. Heather Teilhet will join Oglethorpe Power on Jan. 1, 2017, as vice president for governmental affairs. She will succeed Clay Robbins, senior vice president for governmental affairs, who is retiring at the end of the first quarter of 2017. Teilhet is currently the vice president for government affairs at Georgia EMC.
* Great Plains Energy Inc. on Dec. 8 announced the new team that will lead the combined Kansas City Power & Light Co. and Westar Energy Inc. once the merger of the companies concludes in spring 2017. Subject to Great Plains Energy board approval upon deal close, the new team will comprise 19 executive officers. The following will report to Great Plains Energy and KCP&L Chairman and CEO Terry Bassham: Jerl Banning, vice president and chief people officer; Kevin Bryant, senior vice president for finance and strategy, and CFO; Chuck Caisley, senior vice president for marketing and public affairs, and chief customer officer; Ellen Fairchild, vice president and chief compliance officer; Scott Heidtbrink, executive vice president and COO; Heather Humphrey, senior vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary and corporate services; and Charles King, vice president and chief information officer.
* On Nov. 15, FirstEnergy Solutions Corp.'s sole shareholder removed FirstEnergy President and CEO Charles Jones Jr., Executive Vice President and CFO James Pearson and James Lash from the FirstEnergy Solutions board of directors. The board elected Samuel Belcher, Donald Moul and Donald Schneider to serve until their successor is elected or until their resignation or removal. The same day, the new directors approved an increase in the size of the FES board from three to five members, and added John Blickle and James Boland as independent directors.
* American Electric Power Co. Inc. on Dec. 6 announced several changes to its executive and organizational teams, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Executive Vice President and COO Robert Powers was named vice chairman, while Indiana Michigan Power Co. President and COO Paul Chodak III was named executive vice president for utilities. To replace Chodak III, Toby Thomas, currently vice president for competitive generation, was named president and COO for Indiana Michigan Power. Meanwhile, Appalachian Power Co. President and COO Charles Patton will take over as executive vice president for external affairs of AEP. Patton's vacated position will filled in by Chris Beam, currently vice president for projects, controls and construction for generation, while Frank Pifer, currently managing director of projects, will replace Beam as vice president of projects, controls and construction, among other changes.
* FirstEnergy Corp. on Dec. 6 named Dan DeVille director for external affairs for the Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co. and Toledo Edison Co. service areas. DeVille succeeds Doug Hogan, who retired from the company.
* Former FERC Commissioner Tony Clark is joining NorthWestern Corp. d/b/a NorthWestern Energy's board of directors. Clark also will join Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP as a senior adviser, effective Jan. 3, 2017. Clark recently served as a commissioner with FERC and concluded his four-year service on Sept. 30.
* Riverstone Holdings LLC on Dec. 6 said it completed its $5.2 billion acquisition of Talen Energy Corp., an independent power producer that owns or controls 16,000 MW of capacity in eight states. Ralph Alexander has been named president and CEO of Talen Energy, effective immediately. Alexander was previously a director of Talen Energy and a partner of Riverstone.
* Energy industry veteran J. William Holden is joining Vistra Energy Corp. as executive vice president and CFO, the newly rebranded company said in a Dec. 5 release. Holden most recently served as executive vice president and senior adviser at The Taffrail Group LLC. Previously, he served as executive vice president and CFO at GenOn Energy Inc. prior to its merger with NRG Energy Inc. Holden will report to Vistra Energy CEO Curt Morgan.
* FuelCell Energy Inc. completed a business restructuring that includes workforce reduction of 96 positions in its global offices and facilities in Torrington and Danbury, Conn., and other locations.
* Adams Resources & Energy Inc. named Josh Anders executive vice president, CFO and treasurer, effective Dec. 15. Sharon Davis, who held the posts in the interim, will step down and continue in her position as executive vice president, COO and chief accounting officer of the Houston-based exploration, production and oil marketing company.
* TransCanada Corp. named Siim Vanaselja to succeed S. Barry Jackson as its next board chair. Jackson will retire as chair of the board at the close of TransCanada's annual meeting of shareholders in 2017, but will continue to serve as a board member, subject to his re-election at the 2017 annual meeting. Vanaselja's appointment also is subject to his re-election by the company's shareholders at the 2017 meeting.
* While President-elect Donald Trump has floated a number of candidates to be his secretary of state, including high-profile Republican politicians Mitt Romney and Rudolph Giuliani, a familiar name in the oil and gas industry has popped up as a candidate: Exxon Mobil Corp. CEO Rex Tillerson.
* Kimberly Querrey resigned as an independent member of Chesapeake Energy Corp.'s board, effective Nov. 29. A member since April 2015, Querrey served on the board's audit and nominating, governance and social responsibility committees. On Nov. 30, the board appointed Gloria Boyland as a nonemployee director. She will replace Querrey on the board and will also serve on the audit committee.
* Ohio Gov. John Kasich's most recent appointment to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio resigned abruptly, anticipating that his confirmation would be rejected by the state Senate. Commissioner Howard Petricoff, appointed to the PUCO in June by Kasich, submitted his letter of resignation Dec. 2 to the governor shortly after the Senate Public Utilities Committee voted to not recommend his appointment to the full Ohio Senate. The resignation is effective Dec. 31. Petricoff's term was scheduled to end in April 2020.
* With the selection of Andrew Puzder for secretary of labor, a federal challenge to the current Department of Labor's Conflict of Interest Rule appears likely under President-elect Donald Trump's administration, though it could be months before the new administration can mount an attack. In a statement announcing Puzder's selection, Trump praised him, saying that the nominee "will save small businesses from the crushing burdens of unnecessary regulations that are stunting job growth and suppressing wages."
* On Dec. 6, Colorado Public Utilities Commission Chairman Joshua Epel, a Democrat, has announced that he will resign from the PUC, effective Jan. 1, 2017. Epel, who was first appointed to the commission in 2011 by Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat, is serving a second four-year term as commissioner that extends to January 2019. Hickenlooper has yet to announce a replacement.