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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.


* Dominion Resources Inc. on Jan. 18 named executives who were promoted to new roles, effective Jan. 1. Carlos Brown replaced Mark Webb as vice president and general counsel. Morenike Miles succeeded retiree Skip Jordan as vice president for shared services and will now report to Rodney Blevins, senior vice president and chief information officer. Fred Mladen was promoted to site vice president for the Surry Power Station replacing Larry Lane, who is now site vice president for the North Anna Power Station. Charlene Whitfield, who most recently served as director for electric distribution operations at Dominion Virginia Power, known legally as Virginia Electric and Power Co., was appointed the utility's vice president for customer service. Lastly, Steve Wooten was named vice president for information technology, taking responsibility for IT applications development and support for the company.

* Entergy Corp. on Jan. 18 announced the retirement of Entergy Wholesale Commodities President Bill Mohl, effective Feb. 28. After 35 years in the energy business and 15 years with Entergy, Mohl's retirement comes with the company's decision to move away from its merchant generation business, which was punctuated by the announcement of the Indian Point nuclear plant's closure.

* FirstEnergy Corp.'s board of directors elected two new independent members. Steven Demetriou and James O'Neil III have been elected to the company's board, which increases to 16 members, FirstEnergy announced in a Jan. 17 news release. Demetriou, 58, is chairman and CEO of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., an international technical, professional and construction services company headquartered in Dallas. O'Neil, 58, is a partner at Western Commerce Group, an advisory and investment firm headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas.

* Great River Energy Vice President and Chief Transmission Officer Will Kaul announced his retirement after 38 years of service, effective July 1. Kaul will continue to provide consulting and expertise to Great River Energy and the future grid initiative he has led since 2014, according to a Jan. 16 news release from the company.

* ALLETE Inc. appointed LaMarr Barnes as the CEO of its U.S. Water Services Inc. subsidiary, replacing Allan Bly, who resigned after 20 years with the company. Barnes most recently served as U.S. Water Services' senior executive vice president of marketing and strategy, according to a Jan. 16 news release, and has been with the company since 2010.

* Omaha Public Power District appointed new officers for 2017 and two new members on its board. The new officers are Tim Gay as chair, Thomas Barrett as vice chair, Rich Hurley as treasurer and Michael Cavanaugh as secretary, according to a Jan. 12 news release. Craig Moody, representing Subdivision 5, and Rick Yoder, representing Subdivision 4, also joined OPPD's board.

* Nebraska Public Power District on Jan. 12 re-elected Ken Kunze as chairman of the board of directors for 2017. The district board also named Gary Thompson of Beatrice, Neb., as first vice chairman; Tom Hoff of Broken Bow, Neb., as second vice chairman; Jerry Chlopek of Columbus, Neb., as secretary; and NPPD Vice President and CFO Traci Bender of Columbus, Neb., as treasurer. The board also reappointed Donna Starzec as assistant treasurer, Christine Pillen deputy assistant treasurer, Jan Modelski as assistant secretary and Sandra Keefover as deputy assistant secretary.

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* Ferrellgas Partners LP shuffled its management team and appointed several members to the executive committee of its general partner. Tod Brown resigned as executive vice president of Ferrellgas' general partner Jan. 13, according to a Jan. 19 SEC filing. Brown also resigned from his position at the Ferrellgas subsidiary Blue Rhino Corp. and will continue to serve in an advisory role at Ferrellgas from Feb. 1 to Jan. 31, 2018. Geoffrey Berger was named senior vice president of Ferrellgas, executive vice president of Blue Rhino and an executive committee member of the general partner.

* HollyFrontier Corp. made changes to its management team and appointed a new president to serve at Suncor Energy Inc.'s lubricants business, which it is in the process of acquiring. Upon closing of HollyFrontier's acquisition of Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc., Mark Plake will resign as president of HollyFrontier's subsidiary Holly Logistic Services LLC to serve as president of Petro-Canada Lubricants. Replacing Plake as president of Holly Logistic Services will be George Damiris, who is currently its CEO, as well as president and CEO of HollyFrontier, according to a Jan. 13 news release. Further, Richard Voliva III will be promoted to executive vice president and CFO of HollyFrontier, effective March 1. He will replace Douglas Aron, who will leave the company to pursue other plans, effective Feb. 28.

* NGL Energy Partners LP appointed Jared Parker to the board of its general partner, NGL Energy Holdings LLC, effective Jan. 11. Parker serves as managing director of Oaktree Capital Management LP and replaced Christopher Beall on the board.