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LES Administrative Board Approves Recommendation for Emeka Anyanwu to be Next CEO of Utility

The Lincoln Electric System Administrative Board approved a recommendation for Emeka Anyanwu to be the new CEO of the Nebraska public power utility.

Anyanwu is poised to replace outgoing LES CEO Kevin Wailes, who is retiring after nearly 13 years of leading the utility.

Anyanwu currently serves as Energy Innovation and Resources officer at Seattle City Light.

Earlier in his career, Anyanwu spent 16 years at Kansas City Power & Light in various roles in leadership and transmission and distribution operations.

A national search was conducted to find the next LES CEO over the summer. Four candidates advanced to the final stage in the process and were interviewed by the LES Administrative Board in mid-September. LES also hosted public in-person and virtual sessions with each candidate.

Anyanwu’s recommendation as LES’s new CEO will be forwarded to the mayor’s office and Lincoln City Council for final approval. 

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