April 2022, Vol. 249, No. 4


People in the News April 2022


Avangrid Pedro Azagra Blázquez to succeed Dennis Arriola as chief executive officer, effective May 28, one of numerous recent changes at the Orange, Connecticut-based company that include the announced departures of its CEO and chief financial officer.  

An announcement said Arriola, who was named CEO in 2020, had decided to leave the business. CFO Doug Stuver resigned to become vice president of Finance at the National Football League’s Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Other announced changes include:  

Patricia Cosgel moves to interim CFO from vice president of Investor Relations and will now oversee Treasury, Control and Administration, Investor Relations, Risk and Tax. Cosgel joined AVANGRID after the 2015 Iberdrola USA merger. She began her career at the Federal Reserve Bank in Boston.  

Kyra Patterson was appointed senior vice president & chief human resources officer. She joined AVANGRID in 2017, most recently overseeing Labor and Employee Relations, HR Policy and Compliance, and HR Shared Services. She previously was head of HR for HAI Group.  

Dave Labelle was named to the newly created position of chief administrative officer, overseeing Procurement, Corporate Security and General Services, after serving as vice president, Environmental Health and Safety.  

Alvaro Ortega was appointed vice president of Finance, reporting to Cosgel, where he will have responsibility for Risk and Investor Relations. Ortega most recently served as the CFO of Vineyard Wind, a U.S. offshore wind farm.  

Nacho Arronte was promoted to vice president and chief risk officer. He joined AVANGRID in 2010 and served in several energy trading roles before joining the Risk team in 2019. 

Mindi Vanden Bosch, a third-generation member of Vermeer Corporation’s founding family has joined the Pella, Iowa-based manufacturer as vice president of Operations. 

Prior to joining Vermeer in 2008, Mindi was with Cascade Engineering, Fifth Third Bank and Forage Solutions Product Group.  

“Having watched Vermeer grow as an organization through the leadership of my grandfather, my uncle, my mother and now my brother, I’m excited to take the experiences I’ve had to help lead the team and the important work they do,” Bosch said. 

The family-owned and -operated Vermeer is approaching 75 years of operation.  

Enbridge Inc. announced the following executive leadership changes: Bill Yardley, executive vice president and president, Gas Transmission and Midstream, will retire May 31. Cynthia Hansen, executive vice president and president, Gas Distribution and Storage, has been appointed to succeed Yardley; Michele Harradence, senior vice president and chief operations officer, Gas Transmission and Midstream, succeeds Hansen; and Vern Yu, executive vice president and chief financial officer, has been assigned expanded accountability for corporate development and energy services and has been appointed executive vice president, corporate development and chief financial officer.  

Halliburton Company added Earl Cummings and Tobi Young to its board of directors. Young leads the global privacy team, manages Government Relations, and serves as the chief regulatory affairs attorney for Cognizant, a digital services and technology company. Cummings is an entrepreneur and has started and operated many businesses in the technology and real estate industries. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of CenterPoint Energy including as a member of its Audit and Compensation Committees and as Chairman of its Governance Environmental Sustainability Committee. 

Cameron LNG has named Whitney “Whit” Fairbanks as president of Cameron LNG. Fairbanks spent more than a decade at Hunt Oil Company, where he managed Hunt LNG Operating Company, the operator of Peru LNG, consisting of a 4.4 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) LNG liquefaction plant, a 250-mile (400-km) natural gas pipeline and more than 400 employees. While at Peru LNG, Fairbanks led numerous successful initiatives centered around operational excellence, customer satisfaction, stakeholder engagement, and facility expansion. 

Ranger Oil Corporation announced the promotion of Julia Gwaltney to the role of senior vice president and chief operating officer. She joined the Company in January 2021 as senior vice president of Development.  

Derrick Dickens was named chief operating officer and senior vice president at Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. (BGE), overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company. Dickens returns to BGE from his position as senior vice president of Customer Operations and chief customer officer at Exelon-owned Pepco Holdings. David Ralph has been named BGE’s general counsel, responsible for providing legal counsel across all aspects of the company’s operations, including representing the company in its external legal matters, regulatory rate reviews, and other administrative and legal proceedings. 

PG&E Corporation announced the appointment of Yvonne A. McIntyre as vice president, Federal Affairs. In her new role, she is responsible for representing the interests of PG&E’s customers before the federal government and policy groups and for developing and implementing all aspects of the company’s federal engagement. McIntyre has more than 30 years of experience in the energy sector, having started her career as an electrical engineer, then transitioning to government affairs. She joins PG&E from the Natural Resources Defense Council, where she was Director of Federal Electricity and Utility Policy. 

APA Corporation announced the appointment of Dave Stover to its board of directors. Stover served as the chairman and CEO of Noble Energy until his retirement in 2020. He was appointed chairman of the board in April 2015, CEO in October 2014 and elected to the board in April 2014. Prior to these roles, he served as president and chief operating officer, as well as other executive positions. Before joining Noble Energy in 2002, Stover served as BP’s vice president and business unit leader for the Gulf of Mexico Shelf from 2000 to 2002, previously holding various onshore and offshore management positions at Vastar Resources. Earlier in his career, he held positions in engineering, operations and management at ARCO Oil and Gas Company. 

Duke Energy named Cameron McDonald chief diversity and inclusion officer and vice president, Talent Agility and Acquisition. McDonald was previously Duke Energy’s vice president, Human Resources, where she led the company’s talent acquisition, workforce agility and HR business partner functions. She succeeds Joni Davis, who retired after a 34-year career with the company. McDonald reports to Ron Reising, chief human resources officer. 

Exelon Corp. has announced the senior leadership of the transmission and distribution utility business and the competitive power generation and retail energy business that will result from the planned separation of the companies: Christopher Crane, Exelon president and CEO, will continue as CEO of the regulated utility business, which will be called Exelon; Joseph Dominguez, former CEO of ComEd, has been named CEO of Exelon Generation and incoming CEO of the competitive energy business, which will be called Constellation; Gil C. Quiniones, former president and CEO of the New York Power Authority, has been named CEO of ComEd. The company also announced that Exelon CFO Joseph Nigro will continue as CFO of Exelon, and Daniel Eggers, who served as senior vice president of Corporate Finance for Exelon, has been named CFO of Exelon Generation and incoming CFO of Constellation. Dominguez and Eggers will move into their new roles immediately, and Crane and Nigro will remain in their current roles.  

Southern Company Gas named Fredie Carmichael vice president of Corporate Communications, leading public and media relations; employee and customer communications; and creative, digital and social media initiatives for the business’s four natural gas distribution companies and its nonutility holdings. 

At NiSource Inc., Lloyd Yates was named the company’s next president and CEO, succeeding Joe Hamrock. Yates joined the company’s board in 2020 and will continue to serve as a director. Most recently, Yates served as executive vice president, Customer and Delivery Operations, and president, Carolinas Region for Duke Energy Corporation.  

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