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Chuddy retires from Columbia Power Corporation; Ambrosone, Jmaeff succeed

Barry Chuddy has retired as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Columbia Power Corporation, effective in July.

Barry Chuddy
Barry Chuddy
Giulio Ambrosone and Victor Jmaeff have been appointed joint presidents and CEOs on an interim basis. Ambrosone joined Columbia Power in 2003 and also holds the position of vice president of project implementation. Before that, Ambrosone was resident engineer with Klohn Crippen/SNC Lavalin. Jmaeff has been with Columbia Power since 1996 and also holds the position of vice president of sales and development.

In this interim position, their responsibilities will include managing Columbia Power to ensure strategic and annual plans are effectively implemented, the results are monitored and reported to the board, and financial and operational objectives are attained.

Chuddy was appointed CEO of Columbia Power in June 2007. During his two years with the company, Chuddy worked at reorganizing Columbia Power and ensured that all of the hydro projects were on a solid footing.

Giulio Ambrosone
Giulio Ambrosone

 Before joining the company, Chuddy was executive vice president of business development and marketing for Enersource Corporation. He also has held the positions of vice president of  business development for Emera Energy Inc. and general manager of business development for TransAlta.

Victor Jmaeff
Victor Jmaeff

 Columbia Power was founded in 1994. With its partner, Columbia Basin Trust, the company purchased and rehabilitated the 145-MW Brilliant Dam and Generating Station, and built the 185-MW Arrow Lakes  Generating Station and the 120-MW Brilliant Expansion Project. The partners currently are planning the 435-MW Waneta Expansion Project.

 

  


Horton retires from NYPA, Kessler succeeds 

Horace Horton
Horace Horton
 Horace Horton has retired as regional manager Western New York for the New York Power Authority (NYPA), effective July 2009. Joseph Kessler, formerly a senior engineer at the 2,441-MW Niagara Power Project, has assumed the open position.

 Horton had a 17-year career with NYPA, including three as regional manager.

 "Horace's technical expertise, broad experience, and consistently professional approach have been a tremendous asset to this vital generating facility and our statewide organization," says  Richard M. Kessel, president and chief executive officer of NYPA.

 Kessler joined the Niagara project staff in 2001 as an engineer in the electrical maintenance department. He was promoted to electrical supervisor in 2002 and to senior engineer in 2007. In his
Joseph Kessler

Joseph Kessler

new position, Kessler is responsible for overseeing the operations of the Niagara Power Project and the related switchyard and substation facilities.

Robert Roskwitalski, previously associate electrical engineer at the project, will fill the position left vacant by Kessler's promotion.

The work force at the Niagara project numbers nearly 300 people.

  


New chief financial officer joins Seattle City Light 

Seattle City Light named Phil Leiber its chief financial officer (CFO). Leiber started his new job in April.

Leiber previously was CFO of the California Independent System Operator, the operator for most of California's electric transmission grid serving 30 million customers.

Seattle City Light owns and operates several hydroelectric facilities, including the three-plant 650.25-MW Skagit River project in Washington's upper Skagit River Basin. 


Simonich named VP and chief operating officer of PPL Montana 

Pete Simonich has been appointed vice president and chief operating officer of PPL Montana, effective August 31.

Simonich had been manager-generating assets for the company since 2004.

In this position, he was responsible for the company's hydro plants in Montana.

Until a successor is named, Simonich will continue with this responsibility.

Simonich began working as a startup engineer at the coal-fired Colstrip plant in 1981.

He also worked in the position of senior engineer, staff engineer, maintenance supervisor, director-performance engineering, operations manager, and production area leader before being named general manager of projects at the plant in 1999.

Simonich is succeeding Brad Spencer, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Spencer will help Simonich make the transition to his new position.

PPL Montana operates coal-fired power plants at Colstrip and Billings, as well as 11 hydroelectric power plants along Rosebud Creek and the Missouri, Madison, Clark Fork, and Flathead rivers.

It controls about 1,280 MW of generating capacity in Montana and is responsible for the operation of facilities with 2,850 M of capacity. PPL Montana has offices in Billings, Butte and Helena.

PPL Montana is a subsidiary of PPL Corporation.

PPL Corporation controls or owns more than 12,000 MW of generating capacity in the U.S.

It sells energy in key U.S. markets, and delivers electricity to about 4 million customers in Pennsylvania and the United Kingdom.

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