PGE appoints new board members, including five Oregonians
Portland, Ore. - Jan. 25, 2006 - Portland General Electric today announced the appointment of six new members of its board of directors who will help guide PGE as it becomes a publicly traded, Oregon-based company. Five of the new board members live in Oregon. Their appointment is effective immediately.
"These individuals are smart, experienced executives who bring a strong local focus to the board," said Peggy Y. Fowler, CEO and president of PGE. "Their background leading large corporations and institutions will be important as PGE becomes one of the state's largest publicly traded companies."
The new board members include executives in utilities, management and/or finance and accounting. They are:
- David A. Dietzler Retired partner-in-charge of the Pacific Northwest audit practice KPMG LLP and managing partner of its Portland office
- Mark B. Ganz President and chief executive officer of The Regence Group
- Robert G. Miller Chairman of Rite Aid Corp.; former chief executive officer, president and chairman of Fred Meyer Inc.
- M. Lee Pelton President of Willamette University
- Maria M. Pope Vice president, general manager of the wood products division of Pope & Talbot
- Robert T.F. Reid Chair and corporate director of British Columbia Transmission Corp.
They will join the five current members of the PGE board, including Chairman Corbin McNeill, John W. Ballantine, Robert S. Bingham, Fowler and Raymond S. Troubh. For more information, read biographies of the entire board.
"The board supports PGE's current management and mission and looks forward to successfully transitioning the company to an Oregon-based, publicly traded utility," McNeill said. "These new PGE board members have important experience managing publicly held companies or large institutions. In addition to bringing regional, national and international business experience with them, the members have a full understanding of new corporate governance guidelines as well as strong business acumen in finance, accounting and compliance."
Fowler said the company and employees remain focused on meeting its strategic initiatives as PGE stock begins trading on the New York Stock Exchange, which is planned for April 2006.
"PGE provides safe, reliable electricity for our customers, and we are an active participant in the communities we serve," Fowler said. "Our board will help guide the company as we maintain these commitments."
PGE, headquartered in Portland, is a fully integrated electric utility that serves more than 775,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in Oregon.
For more information, contact Gail Baker, PGE, 503-464-8693
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