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ABB CEO Hogan resigns, succeeded by Spiesshofer

Ulrich Spiesshofer
Ulrich Spiesshofer

Chief Executive Officer Joe Hogan has submitted his resignation from ABB, citing personal reasons as his motivation.

He joined ABB in 2008 and has invested about $20 billion into the company through research and development and acquisitions.

Effective Sept. 15, former head of ABB’s Discrete Automation and Motion (DM) division Ulrich Spiesshofer will succeed Hogan as CEO of the global company. Hogan will remain in service for an undetermined length of time following the transition as senior advisor to the board.

Spiesshofer joined the company’s Executive Committee in 2005 and was placed as the head of the DM division in 2009. In this role, he oversaw a two-fold increase in the division’s revenue and the company’s largest ever acquisition Baldor.

Before joining ABB, Spiesshofer spent a combined 13 years as a consultant at Roland Berger Strategy and A.T. Kearney Management Consultants, specifically in the oil and gas, telecoms, automotive, and utility markets. He received a master’s in Business Administration and Engineering and PhD in Economics from the University of Stuttgart in Germany. His successor in the DM division has not yet been announced.

ABB is a global power and automation technology provider, servicing the utility and industrial markets in 100 countries.

Technology manufacturer IPS names new president, CEO

Integrated Power Services (IPS) has announced that John Zuleger will become president and chief executive officer of the South Carolina-based company, effective June 10.

Zuleger succeeds former president and CEO Brian Brehmer, who will remain as an IPS consultant.

Zuleger comes to IPS with a “strong background in successfully leading a diverse group of industrial manufacturing and service businesses.”

His most recent stint was with Honeywell International Inc., where he served as vice president and general manager of Honeywell Safety Products (HSP) for the past five years. Before that, the Purdue University graduate held a variety of executive positions with International Paper’s Thilmany Papers business and Kohlberg & Company.

Zuleger will also join the IPS board of directors.

IPS provides a number of services and products for the hydroelectric industry, including stator coils, generator rewinds, rotor coils, generator maintenance, machining and more.

NAES announces Brown as new director of corporate development

Duncan Brown
Duncan Brown

Duncan Brown has joined NAES as director of corporate development -engineering services, bringing more than 30 years of experience to the global service provider.

Brown has primarily worked in management, engineering and business planning within the power market. At NAES, his role will support corporate growth and strategy.

Previously, Brown was senior project manager at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), vice president of compliance and VP of asset management at Calpine, and VP of engineering for DesignPower New Zealand Ltd.

Brown completed his undergraduate and graduate education in mechanical engineering and sits on the board of the Western Electric Coordinating Council. His accolades also include membership in the Institution of Professional Engineers in New Zealand and fellowship at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the U.K. In addition, Brown is a chartered engineer in the United Kingdom.

Based in Issaquah, Wash., NAES is a service provider to the generation and industrial infrastructure markets.

Dam safety and design firm announces transition

Global infrastructure firm Gannett Fleming has named Rod Holderbaum as its new dams and hydraulics practice leader, the Pennsylvania-based company has announced.

Holderbaum, who had served as vice president and manager of Gannet Fleming’s Dams and Hydraulics Section, replaces 47-year company veteran Bill Bingham.

Holderbaum is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, New York, Ohio and West Virginia, with more than 40 years of experience in the industry. Gannett Fleming said he has served as project manager on a number of award-winning, multi-million dollar projects throughout the U.S., including work on the Gilboa, Elkwater Fork and Olivenhain dams.

The Pennsylvania State University alumnus is also a member of the U.S. Society on Dams, Association of State Dam Safety Officials, and American Concrete Institute.

Gannett Fleming was founded in 1915 and has more than 60 offices around the world.

Laatsch named Wisconsin hydropower coordinator

Cheryl Laatsch
Cheryl Laatsch

Water management specialist Cheryl Laatsch has been named the statewide hydropower (FERC) coordinator for the state of Wisconsin. In this role, she will be responsible for coordinating a number of Department of Natural Resources programs and initiatives, including water, legal services, and lands.

Laatsch previously served as a water management specialist with the Department of Energy in Oshkosh, specifically in the seepage, remediation, and redevelopment programs.

She has a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of Wisconsin River Falls.

McManus joins law firm Van Ness Feldman

Washington D.C.- based environmental and energy policy law firm Van Ness Feldman has added Brian J. McManus to its rank as Of Counsel.

McManus brings more than 40 years of experience with electric utilities, hydroelectric licensees and natural gas pipelines, as well as FERC regulations and compliance, Clean Water Act compliance, hydroelectric generating facility licensing, corporate regulation in the energy industry, and independent power project development. McManus has provided expert testimony to Congress regarding the Federal Power Act.

“We welcome Brian to the firm. His wealth of knowledge and experience in hydroelectric and regulatory affairs will further enhance the firm’s substantial hydroelectric practice,” said Richard Agnew, chairman of the firm.

Before joining Van Ness Feldman, McManus was Of Counsel with another energy firm and also counseled 20 wholesale rate cases arising under section 205 of the FPA. He maintains active involvement with both the Energy Bar Association and National Hydropower Association.

WEST Consultants adds Harris as senior scientist

WEST Consultants has added Jeff Harris to its ranks as a senior scientist in hydrology and hydraulics.

Harris brings 35 years of experience with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to his role at WEST, as well as tremendous expertise in the areas of hydrologic and unsteady flow modeling and analysis of precipitation, large scale river systems, and flood control alternative around levees.

Before moving to WEST, Harris held the position of chief of the Corps’ Hydrology Technology Division, Institute for Water Resources, Hydrologic Engineering Center in Davis, Calif. In that role, he was responsible for lead development, application and training at the engineering center for HEC-RAS, a widely used hydrology and hydraulics modeling software. In addition, Harris has trained hundreds of engineers and scientists in hydrology and managed modeling teams in North America and internationally.

While with the Corps, Harris received the Commanders Award for Civilian Service, Meritorious Civilian Service Award, and 2006 Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources Employee of the Year.

WEST Consultants is a water resources investigation firm made up of engineers, researchers, and scientists with several offices in the U.S.

Studinski joins Basler Electric

Jamie Studinski has joined Basler Electric as Market Segment Sales Manager, Power Generation.

In this role, Studinski will be responsible for marketing Basler Electric’s products to those whose core business is power generation within the U.S. and Canada, as well as managing application engineers who share technical information with clients and sales representative agencies. Before joining Basler Electric, Studinski was with Control Concepts/Case Marine & Industrial.

Basler Electric designs, manufactures and markets electrical products, such as regulation and system controls, excitation control systems, transformers, and protection and control systems.

GEI Consultants expands team

Geotechnical, water resources, environmental, ecological science and engineering firm GEI Consultants has expanded its professional ranks with a number of recent hires and promotions.

GEI has opened a new office in Lower Manhattan that will support the firm’s geotechnical, geostructural, instrumentation and monitoring, and environmental investigation and remediation services divisions. Senior geotechnical practice leader Peter Heynen has been appointed the branch director, having most recently overseen operations of the group in Connecticut. He has been involved with all phases of projects, including investigation, planning, design, construction and operation of a number of assignments such as levees, dams, buildings, bridges and more.

Richard Sanchez brings more than 34 years of engineering and project management experience to his new role as a senior consultant. Before joining GEI, Sanchez was at California Department of Water Resources as chief of the engineering division. In this role, he was responsible for construction, design and management of projects within the state’s water project and flood control system.

Sanchez will oversee the Sacramento office’s construction, geotechnical, and special project civil work. He completed his undergraduate education in civil engineering at California State University Sacramento.

Aurelio T. Alegria brings more than 44 years of experience in structural engineering to GEI’s Oakland, Calif., office. He has experience in project design, including dam spillways, conduits and culverts, as well as bridges, buildings, retaining walls and heavy equipment foundations. He completed his education in civil engineering at Mapua Institute of Technology in Manila, Philippines.

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