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Georgia’s Oglethorpe Power names new president

Oglethorpe Power Corporation’s board of directors has unanimously appointed Michael L. Smith as its new president and chief executive officer. Smith takes over for the outgoing Tom Smith, whose tenure ended late last year.

Michael L. Smith
Michael L. Smith

Prior to his selection by Oglethorpe Power, Michael Smith spent more than 30 years in the energy industry, with experience in finance, risk control and operations.

Michael Smith most recently served as president and CEO of Georgia Transmission Corporation, which grew in assets from $1.4 billion to $2 billion and set records for improved reliability and service since his appointment in 2005.

“We were impressed by Mike’s work experience, industry knowledge and leadership capabilities, and are confident in his ability to continue to move Oglethorpe forward in order to meet the energy needs of our members,” board of directors Chairman Benny Denham said.

Oglethorpe is a power supply co-op, with more than $8 billion in hydroelectric, coal, natural gas and nuclear assets that provide energy to more than 4 million Georgia consumers in 38 member systems.

Bechtel president named CEO

Bechtel Corp. President William N. Dudley was named chief executive officer of the company in February, replacing Riley P. Bechtel. Bechtel will remain with the company as chairman but stepped down from the CEO role “for health reasons,” according to the company.

Dudley has served as corporate president and chief operating officer since 2008, after joining the engineering, construction and project management firm in 1981. As president and COO, Dudley oversaw all of the company’s business units: oil, gas, and chemicals; power; civil; mining and metals; and government services. During his time with the firm, he was president of the oil, gas and chemicals business unit, a general manager for Southeast Asia, a country manager for Thailand, and president of Bechtel’s Europe, Africa, Middle East, Southwest Asia organization.

Dudley received his undergraduate civil engineering degree at Purdue University and his MBA at the University of Houston.

No one had been appointed to fill the COO position at the time of publication.

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Jones named power supply and environmental affairs officer

Michael Jones
Michael Jones

Michael Jones has been named Seattle City Light’s new power supply and environmental affairs officer.

Jones most recently owned a business, CEO Focus, that provided executive coaching, management consulting and technical consulting services to non-profit and energy industry organizations. Before that, he spent 12 years with The Energy Authority in Jacksonville, Fla., and Bellevue, Wash., performing risk analysis for municipal utilities and filling other roles in risk and power management.

Jones began his career with the U.S. Navy and has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering and a masters in business administration.

Seattle City Light provides power to 1 million Seattle area residents.

Mead & Hunt appoints new water resources leader

Mead & Hunt has appointed Miroslav Kurka as vice president of water resources.

Kurka, a retired U.S. Army officer, managed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ program in the Tulsa District, Northwestern Division and Afghanistan for 30 years. At Mead & Hunt, he oversees the firm’s water resources professionals, more than 50 individuals who provide planning, design and construction engineering services for infrastructure, flood control, dams and hydropower projects around the nation.

Mead & Hunt provides architecture, historic preservation, municipal infrastructure, and water resources engineering services to clients throughout the U.S.

Gannett Fleming names leaders of dams and levees group

David B. Wilson, P.E., and Rodney E. Holderbaum, P.E., are now the national leaders of Gannett Fleming’s dams and levees group. Wilson and Holderbaum were chosen for these positions based on their performance as consultants within the dams and levees group.

Wilson is a senior geotechnical consultant involved with dam projects throughout the U.S. His experience includes managing and reviewing geotechnical and hydraulic structure engineering activities; groundwater studies; and design of earth and rock tunnels. He is also the senior geotechnical consultant for the remediation of slope stability failures at the Tampa Bay Reservoir in Tampa, Fla.

Holderbaum has 40 years of experience performing dam assessments, dam and hydraulic structure design, materials engineering investigations, and flood mitigation studies.

Voith Hydro announces promotion at York office

Voith Hydro has announced that Stanley Kocon has been promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer at its facility in York, Pa., effective in October. Kocon is a member of the Board of Management in York, working under President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Frank.

Kocon joined Voith Hydro in 1988, working in its hydraulic engineering department. He has also spent time at the company’s headquarters in Heidenheim, Germany, and office in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Kocon spent the previous eight years as Voith Hydro’s vice president of sales and marketing, preceded by time in its proposal engineering and hydro modernization departments.

Voith is a global hydroelectric equipment, technology and service provider.

ABB names new North America region and country manager

Greg Scheu
Greg Scheu

Greg Scheu, previously responsible for ABB’s marketing and customer solutions within the company’s executive committee, will lead the group’s acquisition integration efforts and took over responsibility for North America, including the U.S., effective Nov. 1

Scheu joined ABB in 2001 and has 29 years of experience in the power and automation industry, with a strong focus on North America. He previously worked for both Rockwell Automation and Westinghouse Electric.

Enrique Santacana, former country manager in the U.S. and regional manager for both North and South America, will now focus only on South America.

ABB manufactures power and automation equipment for hydroelectric plants.

Basler Electric promotes Perez to vice president of marketing

Larry Perez has been promoted to the position of vice president of marketing at Basler Electric Company, from his previous position as director of marketing.

Perez has held various positions at Basler Electric over the past 35 years, starting as a production technician and progressing through customer service/technical support and various marketing positions. As vice president of marketing, he will be responsible for marketing strategies for the continued growth of Basler’s power system and magnetic product groups.

Basler Electric supplies protection and control systems, regulation and system controls, and excitation control systems.

NAES adds personnel in engineering, quality assurance

Kevin Taylor
Kevin Taylor

Washington-based generation industry service provider NAES Corporation has added to its executive ranks.

Kevin Taylor was named senior vice president of engineering and construction. Taylor will lead the engineering and construction business of NAES in the power generation, oil and gas, and petrochemical markets, with a focus on execution of services and work products. He has more than 27 years of experience in executive management, business development, major project management, restructuring and change management.

Tom French
Tom French

Tom French also joined NAES as vice president of quality assurance. French will update and manage the application of quality assurance and quality control procedures within the maintenance and construction group to assure compliance with applicable codes and standards. He has more than 33 years of experience in quality assurance and quality control management, project management and craft supervision.

Drummond joins Husch Blackwell

Eric H. Drummond is now a partner in the Denver office of Husch Blackwell LLP, where he will lead the firm’s clean technology practice, furthering his legal and policy work on behalf of smart grid companies and clean technology enterprises. He also has extensive experience with project development and financing for gas, wind and hydroelectric projects and power purchase agreements.

Previously, Drummond was a partner at both Patton Boggs and Sherman & Howard. For the majority of his career, Drummond has concentrated in electric utility and telecommunications law.

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