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From the April 15, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published April 15, 2013

Zachary Bloom has been named executive director of the Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin effective May 6. Bloom was previously the general manager of Waupun Utilities in Wisconsin. 

Steve Edwards will become chairman, president and CEO of Black & Veatch, succeeding Len Rodman who will retire at the end of 2013 after 42 years of leadership at the company. Edwards will be COO until January 2014.

Herb Johanson has been appointed administrator of the Columbus, Ohio, Department of Public Utilities Division of Power effective April 15. The appointment comes after the Columbus City Council passed legislation earlier this year to separate the former Division of Power and Water back into two divisions. Johanson has been assistant administrator for the department since 2007. He was hired as a project manager in 2004.


Charles G. "Chip" Pardee
Charles G. "Chip" Pardee has been named executive vice president and chief generation officer of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Most recently, Pardee was COO of Exelon Generation and chairman of the Board of Constellation Energy Nuclear Group. Previously, he was president and chief nuclear officer of Exelon Nuclear and has held leadership positions at the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations and General Electric.

Robert White has been named CEO of Russellville Electric Plant Board in Kentucky. White is leaving his post as chief public relations officer for Johnson City Power in Tennessee, effective May 10. He began his nearly 30-year career at the utility as a meter reader and served in a number of other roles, including assistant stockkeeper and manager of its maintenance, purchasing and transportation department.

Huntsville Utilities, in Alabama, named Tony Owens vice president of Operations and John Olshefski vice president of Customer Care. Owens has more than 37 years of service at the utility, having worked in the chemist-water laboratory, as chief plant operator, construction manager, water supply superintendent, water department manager and more recently water supply manager. Olshefski joins the utility from his last assignment with the U.S. Army where he was garrison commander at Redstone Arsenal.

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