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Brian Skelton Named New President and CEO of Riviera Utilities

Brian Skelton will be the next President and CEO of Alabama public power utility Riviera Utilities.

Skelton, who is currently President of Tullahoma Utilities Authority in Tennessee, was selected during a special Riviera Utilities Board of Directors meeting on February 19, 2024, to begin his term in May.

Prior to Tullahoma Utilities Authority, Skelton was General Manager at Bowling Green Municipal Utilities and Director of Opelika Power Services.

In addition to his experience leading multi-service utilities like Tullahoma, he held leadership roles with the Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association, American Public Power Association and Tennessee Valley Public Power Association.

“Above all, Skelton's inclusive leadership style, strong communication skills, passion for positive community impact, and integrity were at the cornerstone of this decision,” Riviera Utilities said.

"The search and selection process was extensive, but we are fortunate to have had the time needed to find and appoint a CEO who will sustain Riviera's reputation of excellence while empowering internal leaders to grow and develop," said Barbara Ingram, Riviera's Board Chair. "Brian brings a wealth of experience, fresh perspective, and proven leadership skills that match the Utility's existing momentum while propelling Riviera forward."

The selection process, spearheaded by executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles, began last September, with an internal and external application process attracting a multitude of applicants from throughout the region.

H&S conducted initial interviews, shared their findings, and the Board narrowed down the search to four internal and external candidates.

The Board conducted in-depth interviews focusing on community involvement, leadership, customer relations, financial management, and relationship development.

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