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PNGC Power Names Patrick Reiten New CEO
Kathi VanderZanden, PNGC Power, 503-288-1234
Portland, Ore. - 03/13/2002 - Patrick Reiten, following a national search, has been named chief executive officer for PNGC Power. The announcement was made by Chairman of the Board Dave Sabala.
"The quality of both our internal and external candidates was excellent; Pat was selected because he was the best," said Dave Sabala. "At PNGC Power, our purpose is to provide excellent, high quality power services to our electric customers. We need a CEO who understands the complexity of the energy markets and who has been integrally involved in Northwest power issues. Working in concert with COO Joe Nadal and a highly knowledgeable and sophisticated staff, Reiten will be able to continue PNGC Power's tradition of excellent, high quality power management."
Reiten will replace CEO Dave Piper who is retiring after leading the company for 22 years. Reiten's term begins May 1, 2002.
As head of PNGC Power, Reiten, 40, will lead the Portland-based electric power services cooperative owned by 15 Northwest electric distribution utility cooperatives. The organization's members provide service in six western states.
"I am just delighted to serve our member utilities in this new capacity and look forward to our continued mission of coupling sophisticated power management with their great local service," said Reiten.
Reiten has been with PNGC Power since 1993, first as Director of Government Relations, and from 1996 to the present as Vice President of Marketing and Public Affairs. His tenure has spanned some significant changes and growth in the organization including obtaining the first power marketing license issued to a cooperative by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, aggregating its members loads, and establishing access to wholesale energy markets, and becoming a fully operational utility, scheduling power to its members 24 hours a day.
Reiten worked for the U.S. Department of the Interior, and in Senator Mark Hatfield's office. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. Reiten's community involvement includes leadership positions with: United Way, Guide Dogs for the Blind, the Oregon Forum, Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, and the French American International School. He and his wife, Randi, have three children and live in Portland.
Murphy, Symonds & Stowell conducted the search.
PNGC Power is a Portland-based electric power services cooperative owned by 15 Northwest electric distribution utilities. They include: Blachly-Lane Electric Cooperative, Eugene, OR; Central Electric Cooperative, Inc., Redmond, OR; Clearwater Power Company, Lewiston, ID; Consumers Power, Inc., Philomath, OR; Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative, Inc., Port Orford, OR; Douglas Electric Cooperative, Roseburg, OR; Fall River Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc., Ashton, ID; Lane Electric Cooperative, Inc., Eugene, OR; Lost River Electric Cooperative, Mackay, ID; Northern Lights, Inc., Sagle, ID; Okanogan County Electric Cooperative, Inc., Winthrop, WA; Salmon River Electric Cooperative, Inc., Challis, ID; Raft River Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc., Malta, ID; Umatilla Electric Cooperative, Hermiston, OR; and West Oregon Electric Co-operative, Inc., Vernonia, OR.
In 1996, the company became the first power cooperative in the country to receive a power marketing license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. PNGC Power creates value for its member systems by providing sophisticated power management, technical innovation and cutting edge customer services and products. More information about PNGC Power can be found at www.pngc.com.