PennWell names Barnes publisher of Hydro group

PennWell Corporation has named Marla Barnes publisher of its Hydropower magazines and events, including Hydro Review and HRW magazines, the HydroVision and Waterpower conferences and exhibitions, and electronic news services HydroNews.net and HydroWorld.com.

At the same time, Dick Rauner was named publisher of PennWell’s North American Renewable Energy Group, of which the Hydropower businesses are a part, along with the Renewable Energy World North America Conference and Exhibition, and the newly announced Renewable Energy World North America magazine.

Barnes previously was chief editor of the hydropower publications, which PennWell acquired in December 2008 from Kansas City, Mo.-based HCI Publications Inc. She has 20 years’ experience as an editor and conference organizer in the hydroelectric power industry. She is relocating from Kansas City to PennWell’s headquarters in Tulsa, Okla.

Rauner built Renewable Energy World North America conference

Rauner previously was exhibit and sponsorship sales manager for PennWell’s Renewable Energy World North America conference and exhibition. He grew the show from its inception six years ago to its current position as the leading all-renewables conference and exhibition in North America.

Barnes will report to Rauner, who will continue to report to Richard G. Baker, senior vice president, North America Power Group.

“With Dick Rauner as group publisher and Marla Barnes as publisher, PennWell further strengthens its industry-leading North American Power Group to effectively direct our rapidly growing renewable energy businesses,” PennWell President and CEO Robert F. Biolchini said May 27, 2009.

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