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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.


* TransAlta Corp. named John Dielwart chair of its board, pending his reelection at the annual shareholder meeting. Dielwart will replace Gordon Giffin, who is retiring at the annual meeting. Dielwart, who has been an independent director on the board since 2014, is the chair of the governance, safety and sustainability committee.

* Entergy Corp. named Kathryn Collins senior vice president and chief human resources officer, effective Jan. 20. Collins, who most recently was chief human resources officer of Arcosa Inc., will be a member of Entergy's office of the chief executive.

* Southwest Power Pool announced Jan. 15 the appointment of Barbara Sugg as president and CEO, effective later in 2020. Sugg is SPP's senior vice president of information technology and chief security offer. Sugg will replace Nick Brown, who previously announced plans to retire in April 2020.

* Xcel Energy Inc. said Jan. 14 that James Sample will join the company as vice president and chief security officer, according to a news release. Sample will also be the senior manager for critical infrastructure protection of the North American Electric Reliability Corp.

* Tennessee Valley Authority appointed Jeannette Mills executive vice president and chief external relations officer, effective Feb. 3. Mills takes over for Van Wardlaw, who is retiring in January, according to a Jan. 13 news release.

* Pinnacle West Capital Corp. and its principal subsidiary, Arizona Public Service Co., promoted Theodore Geisler to senior vice president and CFO of both companies. James Hatfield was promoted to executive vice president and chief administrative officer of APS, and Daniel Froetscher was appointed president and COO of APS. All changes are effective immediately, according to a Jan. 10 filing.

* Real Goods Solar Inc. announced that due to health reasons, Alan Fine is resigning as CFO, chief administrative officer, principal accounting officer and treasurer of the company, effective Jan. 17, according to a Jan. 10 Form 8-K filing. The company appointed Richard Barich to succeed Fine. Barich has performed financial and accounting services for Real Goods Solar as an independent contractor since October 2019.

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* Energy services provider John Wood Group PLC appointed Birgitte Brinch Madsen a nonexecutive director, effective March 1, according to a Jan. 16 news release. Madsen will join the board's nomination committee and its safety, assurance and business ethics committee the same day.

* Enerplus Corp. named Wade Hutchings senior vice president and COO, effective Feb. 11, according to a Jan. 16 news release. Hutchings most recently was senior vice president of exploration and production at Devon Energy Corp. between 2017 and 2019. In addition, the company announced that its senior vice president of operations, people and culture, Ray Daniels, will retire in April.

* Cimarex Energy Co. COO and Executive Vice President Joseph Albi will retire from his positions as an officer and board director, effective July 1. Albi joined Key Production Co. Inc. in 1994 and has been with Cimarex Energy since it acquired Key in 2002, according to a Jan. 15 news release.

* Gary Brauchle informed the board of Tallgrass Energy GP LLC of his intent to resign as executive vice president and CFO, effective Feb. 14, according to a Jan. 14 SEC filing from Tallgrass Energy LP. Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer Gary Watkins was appointed executive vice president and CFO, effective Feb. 14. Watkins will remain chief accounting officer.

* Chinese integrated oil and gas company China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., or Sinopec, appointed Shou Donghua CFO, according to a Jan. 13 release. Shou's term will start Jan. 13 and end May 15, 2021. Shou was named Sinopec Corp.'s general manager of the finance department in December 2019 and concurrently served as chairman of Sinopec Century Bright Capital Investment Ltd.

* Riviera Resources Inc. appointed Joseph Mills an independent board director, effective Jan. 9. Mills replaced Philip Brown, who resigned from the board and the audit and compensation committees of the board Jan. 8, according to a Jan. 13 news release. Mills is the president and CEO of Samson Resources II LLC.

* Suzanne Sitherwood, president and CEO of St. Louis-based Spire Inc., was named chair of the Federal Reserve Bank.