People: El Paso Electric Co (EE.N)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Charles Yamarone

56 2015 Chairman of the Board

Mary Kipp

47 2014 President

Thomas Shockley

70 2012 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Edward Escudero

44 2015 Vice Chairman of the Board

Nathan Hirschi

51 2013 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

Rocky Miracle

62 2014 Senior Vice President - Corporate Planning and Development , Chief Compliance Officer

William Stiller

63 2013 Senior Vice President of Human Resources

Steven Buraczyk

47 2013 Senior Vice President - Operations

Russell Gibson

62 2014 Vice President, Controller

John Boomer

53 2014 Vice President, General Counsel

Catherine Allen

68 2009 Independent Director

John Brown

70 2003 Independent Director

James Cicconi

62 1997 Independent Director

James Harris

68 1996 Independent Director

Patricia Holland-Branch

71 1997 Independent Director

Woodley Hunt

69 2012 Independent Director

Eric Siegel

57 1996 Independent Director

Stephen Wertheimer

64 1996 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Charles Yamarone

Mr. Charles A. Yamarone is an Chairman of the board of El Paso Electric Company, Since 2015. He currently manages the Capital Markets Group, providing leadership to a team of 25 professionals crafting customized financing solutions for the firm’s clients. Between 1991 and 2009, he was a senior officer of Libra Securities (“Libra”), an institutional broker dealer, and was involved in all areas of Libra’s business, including capital markets, corporate finance, sales and trading, research, legal, compliance and operations. Mr. Yamarone is a director of United Continental Holdings, Inc. (United Airlines), and was chairman of the compensation committee since United Airlines and Continental Airlines merged in 2010 until June 2014. He is currently a member of United Continental Holdings, Inc. executive and compensation committees. He had previously served on the Continental Airlines board of directors since 1995, where he was chairman of the human resources committee and a member of the corporate governance and social responsibility committee. He previously served as a director of four other public companies: Bally’s Grand, Inc., LIVE Entertainment, Merry-Go-Round Enterprises, Inc. and Vagabond Inns, Inc.

Mary Kipp

Ms. Mary E. Kipp is President of El Paso Electric Company. She previously served as Company’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer from June 2010 to September 2014, Vice President – Legal and Chief Compliance Officer from December 2009 to June 2010.

Thomas Shockley

Mr. Thomas V. Shockley, III, serves as Chief Executive Officer, Director of El Paso Electric Co. He retired in 2004 after a lengthy career in the regulated utility industry. From 2000 to 2004, he served as the Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of American Electric Power Company, Inc. (“AEP”), one of the largest electric utilities in the United States. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Shockley was President and Chief Operating Officer of Central and South West Corporation, which combined with American Electric Power of Columbus, Ohio in 2000 to form AEP. He serves on the board of the Borderplex Alliance and University of Texas at El Paso Development Board. In his career, Mr. Shockley served in various other executive and management positions in the utility and energy industries. He previously served on the boards of directors of the Foundation Coal Company, Cellnet and on the board of Chase Energy Development. Mr. Shockley was appointed Interim Chief Executive Officer from January 2012 until May 2012, when he was elected Chief Executive Officer.

Edward Escudero

Mr. Edward Escudero is Vice Chairman of the Board of El Paso Electric Company. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of High Desert Capital LLC, a finance company specializing in providing various types of capital alternatives to small-to-mid-size companies a role he has held since 2008. Previously, Mr. Escudero was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of C&R Distributing, a major distributor of fuel and lubricants and the owner of various convenience stores in West Texas and Southern New Mexico. He also served as Secretary and Chief Financial Officer of Petro Stopping Centers, LP, where he held vital roles of managing various departments including accounting, legal, human resources, audit, financial planning and information systems. He serves on a number of community boards, including the Medical Center of the Americas Foundation, El Paso Community Foundation Investment Committee, WestStar Bank, El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the University of Texas at El Paso Centennial Commission. Formerly, Mr. Escudero served on the El Paso Water Utility Public Service Board.

Nathan Hirschi

Mr. Nathan T. Hirschi is Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of El Paso Electric Company. Mr. Hirschi has served Vice President and Controller from March 2010 to October 2013 and as the Vice President – Special Projects from December 2009 to February 2010.

Rocky Miracle

Mr. Rocky R. Miracle is Senior Vice President - Corporate Planning and Development and Chief Compliance Officer of El Paso Electric Company, since August 2009. He served as Senior Vice President – Corporate Planning and Development from August 2009 to September 2014.

William Stiller

William A. Stiller is the Senior Vice President – Human Resources and Customer Care of the Company since October 2013. He previously served as Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer from January 2013 to October 2013 and Independent Human Resources consultant from 2005 to 2013.

Steven Buraczyk

Mr. Steven T. Buraczyk is Senior Vice President - Operations of El Paso Electric Company. He had been Vice President of Regulatory Affairs from April 2013 to October 2013; Vice President of Power Marketing and Fuels and Resource and Delivery Planning from August 2012 to April 2013; Vice President – System Operations and Planning from January 2011 to August 2012; Vice President – Power Marketing and Fuels from July 2008 to January 2011.

Russell Gibson

Mr. Russell G. Gibson is Vice President, Controller of the company. He previously served as the Chief Financial Officer – Vice President for Ready One Industries, Inc. from June 2006 to September 2014.

John Boomer

Mr. John R. Boomer is Vice President, General Counsel of El Paso Electric Company. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Boomer served as the Company’s Vice President and Treasurer from April 2014 to September 2014; Senior Vice President for Helen of Troy Limited from February 2012 to January 2014; Senior Vice President-International for Helen of Troy Limited from July 2008 to February 2012.

Catherine Allen

Ms. Catherine A. Allen is an Independent Director of El Paso Electric Company, since May 2009. Since 1996, she been the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Santa Fe Group, a strategic consulting company providing services to financial institutions and related infrastructure companies in the areas of vendor risk management, cyber security and emerging technologies. Previously, Ms. Allen was a Vice President of Business Development and Alliances of Citicorp, where her responsibilities included developing and managing strategic alliances with technology and telecommunications companies for technology-based products and services. She sits on a number of non-profit boards including the University of Missouri Research and Development Committee, International Folk Art, Appleseed New Mexico Alliance, Communities in Schools, Valles Caldera Trust, Lensic Performing Arts Center, Museum of New Mexico Foundation, Women Corporate Directors, and is the board chair of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. She is co-chair of the University of Missouri Capital Campaign Committee and she received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of Missouri in 2005. She has received two Lifetime Awards for her service to the financial sector and technology, from U.S. Banker and the Executive Womens’ Forum. She was formerly CEO of BITS, a financial services consortium and non-profit industry association from 1997 to 2007. She is the author of four books. She served on the board of Stewart Title Guaranty Company, and continues to serve on the board of Synovus Financial Corporation and the advisory board for Houlihan Lokey.

John Brown

Mr. John Robert Brown is an Independent Director of El Paso Electric Company., since June 3, 2003. He has been the Owner and President of Brownco Capital, LLC, a private investment company, since November 2007. From May 1992 to March 2008, Mr. Brown was the President and Chairman of the Board of Desert Eagle Distributing of El Paso, Inc., a distributor of Anheuser-Busch products in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. He currently serves on the board of directors of WestStar Bank and the University of Texas at El Paso Development Board. He previously served on the Texas Tech University Board of Regents from 1995 until 2003 and served as chairman of the Board of Regents from 2001 until 2002. He also served as a commissioner for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission from 2003 until 2009. In 2010, Mr. Brown was inducted into the El Paso Business Hall of Fame.

James Cicconi

Mr. James W. Cicconi is Independent Director of El Paso Electric Company, since 1997. He has been Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs for AT&T Services, Inc. since November 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Cicconi served as Executive Vice President for Law and Government Affairs and General Counsel of AT&T Corp. He served as a partner of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP (“Akin Gump”) from 1991 to 1998. While practicing law at Akin Gump, Mr. Cicconi specialized in administrative and regulatory law, as well as federal legislation, representing a range of corporate clients. He was also involved in a number of significant transactions, including public sales, restructurings and acquisitions. Mr. Cicconi served as Deputy Chief of Staff to President George H. W. Bush and also served as the Senior Issues Advisor to President Bush’s 1988 and 1992 election campaigns. Mr. Cicconi has been a director of the Company since 1997 and serves as Chairman of our Public Policy and Corporate Reputation Committee.

James Harris

Mr. James W. Harris is an Independent Director of El Paso Electric Company, since 1996. He has served as the Managing Partner of OP Food Products, LLC since 2013 and Managing Partner of Harris Financial Advisors, LLC since 2013. From 1993 until 2013, Mr. Harris served as Founder and President of Seneca Financial Group Inc. Previously, Mr. Harris served as Managing Director at Lehman Brothers and Head of the Financial Restructuring Group. Before joining Lehman Brothers, he spent 10 years at Citibank, N.A. where he worked in the Bank’s Institutional Recovery Group and managed lending activities in the international and domestic banking groups. From 2001 to 2003, he was an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business in New York. From 2006 to 2012, Mr. Harris was an adjunct professor at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business Administration at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina where he taught a course on Managing Business Turnarounds. Mr. Harris currently serves on the advisory board of the public radio station, WUNC, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Patricia Holland-Branch

Ms. Patricia Z. Holland-Branch is an Independent Director of El Paso Electric Company. Ms. Holland-Branch has been the Owner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Facilities Connection, Inc., headquartered in El Paso, Texas since 1986. The company provides its national and international clients with professional services, including interior design, project management, logistics, installation and order management services for contract furniture, demountable architectural walls and raised access flooring. She currently serves on the board of directors of the Borderplex Alliance, the advisory board for Texas Tech University Gayle Greve Hunt School of Nursing, the Sierra Providence Healthcare Network Women’s Advisory Group and is a former director for El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Regional Economic Development Corporation, and El Paso Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas as well as a past chairman of the board for the Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce.

Woodley Hunt

Mr. Woodley L. Hunt is an Independent Director of El Paso Electric Co., Since December 19, 2012. He is Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hunt Companies, Inc.’s affiliated companies (“Hunt”). Hunt is a national developer, investor and manager of real assets providing a broad range of services to public and private sector clients. For decades, Hunt has focused on the key areas of public-private partnerships, multifamily housing, military housing, community development, commercial and mixed-use development, land development, real asset investment management and property/asset management. In addition to his duties with Hunt, Mr. Hunt is chairman of the Texas Higher Education Strategic Planning Committee; a member of the board of directors for Complete College America; foundation trustee of the College for all Texans Foundation; member of the board of visitors of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center-Houston; founding chairman of the Borderplex Alliance in El Paso; previously served as chairman of the Texas Business Leadership Council, where he now serves on the executive committee; member of the Texas Institute for Education Reform; member of the Texans for Education Reform; member of the Western Governors University Texas Advisory Board; member of the Paso del Norte Foundation; and board member of WestStar Bank. He was previously the vice chairman of The University of Texas System Board of Regents; board of directors of the University of Texas Investment Management Company; founding chairman of the Medical Centers of the Americas Foundation; chairman of the Texas Select Commission on Higher Education and Global Competitiveness; and was chairman of the Paso del Norte Health Foundation.

Eric Siegel

Mr. Eric B. Siegel is an Independent Director of El Paso Electric Company, since 1996. He is a retired Limited Partner of Apollo Advisors, LP ("Apollo") and has been an independent business consultant since 1995. Since 2004, Mr. Siegel has served as a consultant to and on the advisory board of the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club. He previously served as a Principal and was a Limited Partner of Apollo Advisors, LP (a predecessor to Apollo Management, LP) and Lion Advisors, LP. Prior to joining Apollo, Mr. Siegel was a partner of Irell & Manella LLP, a law firm practicing corporate law. He serves as the lead independent director and member of the nominating and governance committee of Ares Capital Corporation, where he has been a board member and a member of the audit committee since 2004. Mr. Siegel has previously served as a director of a number of public and private companies, including Kerzner International Limited ("Kerzner") where he was a director and chairman of its audit and compensation committees from April 1994 to 2006.

Stephen Wertheimer

Mr. Stephen N. Wertheimer is an Independent Director of El Paso Electric Company., since 1996. He has been a Managing Director and Founding Partner of W Capital Partners since 2001. He has over 30 years of experience in investment banking and principal investments. Prior to founding W Capital Partners, Mr. Wertheimer served as a Managing Director of CRT Capital Group, LLC. He was a Founder and Managing Member of Water Capital Management from 1991 to 1997. From 1988 to 1991, he served as a Managing Director and the Group Head of Investment Banking-Asia of PaineWebber Incorporated. Prior to 1988, Mr. Wertheimer was a Managing Director at First Chicago Corporation, where he specialized in tax-structured domestic and international principal investments and was a Vice President with Bank of America’s tax financing group making equity investments for the parent corporation. Mr. Wertheimer has extensive board experience having served on the boards of over thirty companies, both public and private. Mr. Wertheimer is a member of the International Council of Advisors of the National Geographic Society. He is also a member of the board of directors of Dynacast International, Inc., Moosejaw Inc., and World Kitchen, Inc. Mr. Wertheimer has been a director of the Company since 1996 and serves as Chairman of our Energy Resources and Environmental Committee.
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