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Lisa Grow named president of Idaho Power, Darrel Anderson to remain CEO

Idaho Power’s Board of Directors has approved several changes to the company’s executive team, including promoting Lisa A. Grow to president of Idaho Power, effective Oct. 1. Grow will continue to report to Darrel T. Anderson, who will remain chief executive officer of Idaho Power and president and CEO of its parent company, IDACORP Inc.

“Lisa brings a tremendous level of leadership to this role and has a deep passion for our company. Her vast industry experience has been key during a time of unprecedented operational and financial success for Idaho Power and IDACORP,” Anderson said. “Lisa’s impact goes beyond our company, though. She serves on several boards for outside organizations, demonstrating her commitment to the communities we serve.”

Grow, a 32-year Idaho Power veteran, held several engineering positions before moving into management. She was appointed vice president of Delivery Engineering and Operations in 2005 and became vice president of Power Supply in 2009. In 2017, she was named senior vice president and chief operating officer, where she has contributed significantly to the operational and financial management of Idaho Power.

Grow received her Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from the University of Idaho and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Boise State University.

She received a Women with Hydro Vision award, presented at HydroVision International, in 2015.

The board also named Adam J. Richins senior vice president and COO, effective Oct. 1. Richins joined the company in 2011 as senior counsel in the legal department. He was named general manager of Customer Operations Engineering and Construction in 2014 and has served as vice president of Customer Operations and Business Development since 2017. Richins has extensive experience in project management, change management, operations and litigation.

Additionally, Vern Porter, vice president of Transmission and Distribution Engineering and Construction and chief safety officer, announced his retirement effective Jan. 1, 2020. Porter held several positions during his 30-year career with the company, including vice president of Customer Operations, vice president of Delivery Engineering and Construction and general manager of Power Production.

The Board of Directors also named four new Idaho Power vice presidents, effective Oct. 1:

  • Ryan N. Adelman, Transmission & Distribution Engineering and Construction
  • Sarah E. Griffin, Human Resources
  • Bo Hanchey, Customer Operations and Chief Safety Officer
  • Debra Leithauser, Corporate Services and Communications

“These executive changes situate us well for the future, from both an organizational and leadership perspective,” Anderson said. “These talented individuals will help keep our company well positioned to continue to grow amid a changing energy industry.”

Idaho Power serves a 24,000-square-mile area in Idaho and Oregon. The company’s goal is to provide 100% clean energy by 2045. Idaho Power has 17 low-cost hydroelectric projects at the core of its diverse energy mix.