People: El Paso Electric Co (EE.N)

EE.N on New York Stock Exchange

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26 Nov 2014
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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Mary Kipp

46 2014 President

Thomas Shockley

68 2012 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Michael Parks

54 2005 Independent Vice Chairman of the Board

Nathan Hirschi

50 2013 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

David Carpenter

58 2013 Executive Vice President

Hector Puente

57 2013 Executive Vice President

Steven Buraczyk

46 2013 Senior Vice President - Operations

Rocky Miracle

61 2009 Senior Vice President - Corporate Planning and Development

Michael Blanchard

2014 Vice President - Regulatory Affairs

John Boomer

2014 Vice President, General Counsel

Russell Gibson

61 2014 Vice President, Controller, Principal Accounting Officer

Catherine Allen

67 2009 Independent Director

John Brown

69 2003 Independent Director

James Cicconi

61 1997 Independent Director

Edward Escudero

43 2012 Independent Director

James Harris

67 1996 Independent Director

Patricia Holland-Branch

70 1997 Independent Director

Woodley Hunt

68 2012 Independent Director

Eric Siegel

56 1996 Independent Director

Stephen Wertheimer

63 1996 Independent Director

Charles Yamarone

55 1996 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Mary Kipp

Ms. Mary E. Kipp is President of El Paso Electric Company. She previously served as the Company’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer since June 2010. She has served as Vice President – Legal and Chief Compliance Officer from December 2009 to June 2010; Assistant General Counsel and Director of FERC Compliance from December 2007 to December 2009.

Thomas Shockley

Mr. Thomas V. Shockley, III, serves as Chief Executive Officer, Director of El Paso Electric Co. He is 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 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. 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 and Cellnet. He also currently serves on the board of Chase Energy Development. Mr. Shockley has been a Director of the Company since 2010 and serves on the company External Affairs, Energy Resources and Environmental Oversight and Executive Committees. In January 2012, upon Mr. Shockley’s appointment as Interim Chief Executive Officer, he resigned from the company Compensation Committee.

Michael Parks

Mr. Michael K. Parks is Independent Vice Chairman of the Board of El Paso Electric Company, since November 15, 2005. He retired as Managing Director of Crescent Capital Group, LP (“Crescent”) at year-end 2013. Mr. Parks served as Managing Director of Crescent and for limited purposes as a Managing Director of Trust Company of the West (“TCW”) from 2011 through 2013 and prior to that was a Managing Director of TCW since 2000. Prior to joining Crescent and TCW, Mr. Parks held various executive level positions at Aurora National Life Assurance Company from 1993 to 2000, including Chief Executive Officer, President and Chief Investment Officer from 1996 to October 2000. From 1981 to 1992, he held various positions at Salomon Brothers Inc. He served as a director of E*Trade Financial Corp. (formerly, E* Trade Group Inc.) from April 2003 until May 2012 and served on its audit committee and finance risk oversight committee. He also served as a director of Aurora National Life Assurance Company until 2012. He has been a director of the Company since 1996. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board as of July 2012, and previously served as Vice Chairman of the Board from November 2005 through July 2012.

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; Vice President – Special Projects from December 2009 to February 2010; Partner for KPMG LLP from October 2003 to April 2009.

David Carpenter

Mr. David G. Carpenter is Executive Vice President of El Paso Electric Company., since October 2013. He has been Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from August 2009 to October 2013; Vice President – Regulatory Services and Controller from September 2008 to August 2009.

Hector Puente

Mr. Hector R. Puente is Executive Vice President of El Paso Electric Company. He resigned as Senior Vice President - Operations of the Company, effective June 01, 2012. Puente, who has worked at EPE for more than 30 years, has served in various capacities, including Vice President of Transmission and Distribution, Vice President of Distribution Operations and Vice President of Generation, as well as other executive, management and engineering positions. Puente holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso and is a licensed professional engineer.

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.

Rocky Miracle

Mr. Rocky R. Miracle is Senior Vice President - Corporate Planning and Development of El Paso Electric Company, since August 2009. He has been Vice President - Corporate Planning from September 2008 to August 2009; Director of Business Operations Support – Texas Operations for American Electric Power Services Corporation from August 2004 to August 2008.

Michael Blanchard

Mr. Michael D. Blanchard is Vice President - Regulatory Affairs of El Paso Electric Company. Prior to joining EPE, Michael D. Blanchard was Assistant General Counsel at Nebraska Public Power District. He was responsible for the daily administration of the legal division and for long-term strategic planning implementation. He also served as senior advisor to the senior management team and board of directors on regulatory issues, finance and general business matters. Blanchard brings to EPE more than 30 years of legal, regulatory and rate-making experience. Prior to Nebraska Public Power, Blanchard spent more than 20 years with Texas-New Mexico Power Company where he served as Vice President and General Counsel. As Vice President at Texas-New Mexico Power Company, Blanchard was responsible for Governmental Relations, Environmental and Regulatory Affairs. Mr. Blanchard graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and completed his Juris Doctorate at Texas Tech University.

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, Treasurer. He brings a wealth of diverse management, operations and legal experience as he rejoins El Paso Electric from Helen of Troy. John succeeds Steve Busser after 12 years of service to the Company. John worked in a number of EPE legal and administrative positions, including assistant general counsel at EPE in 1998 and 1999, and earlier as shareholder/associate at Kemp, Smith, Duncan and Hammond. At Helen of Troy, John was most recently senior vice president responsible for investor relations and actively involved in merger and acquisition activities. Previously he held a variety of positions with Helen of Troy, including operating roles in their Latin America, Europe/Middle East and Asia/Pacific businesses. He also served as their first general counsel when that position was established. John is a resident of El Paso and holds a B.A. from Rice University in Houston and a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in Austin.

Russell Gibson

Mr. Russell G. Gibson is Vice President, Controller, Principal Accounting Officer of the company. He previously served as the Company’s Vice President, Controller from 1989 to 1994. Mr. Gibson rejoins El Paso Electric with over 37 years of financial and operating experience in diverse industries including federal government contracting, public accounting, apparel, personal care products and electric utilities. Since 2006, he served as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of ReadyOne Industries, Inc. His salary will be $225,000 and his target bonus will be 35% of his salary. He will receive an initial restricted stock grant of $100,000 that will vest on the third anniversary of the commencement of his employment.

Catherine Allen

Ms. Catherine A. Allen is Independent Director of El Paso Electric Company, since May 2009. Since 1996, she has 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. 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, LANL Foundation, 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 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 serves on the board of Stewart Title Guaranty Company, Synovus Financial Corporation and the advisory board for Houlihan Lokey Investment Bank.

John Brown

Mr. John Robert Brown is 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. Mr. Brown has been a director of the Company since June 2003 and serves on Audit, Energy Resources and Environmental and Public Policy and Corporate Reputation Committees.

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.

Edward Escudero

Mr. Edward Escudero serves as Independent Director of El Paso Electric Co., effective December 19, 2012. He is 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 was 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, El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the University of Texas at El Paso Centennial Commission.

James Harris

Mr. James W. Harris is 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 Coastal Studies Foundation in Manteo, North Carolina and public radio station WUNC in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He previously served as a director of Peregrine Systems Inc. and was a member of its audit committee.

Patricia Holland-Branch

Ms. Patricia Z. Holland-Branch is 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 customers with professional services, including interior design, project management, logistics, and installation. 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 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 serves as Independent Director of El Paso Electric Co., effective December 19, 2012. Mr. Hunt has served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hunt Companies, Inc. (“Hunt”) since January 1991. Hunt is an industry-leading real estate company dedicated to building value through development, investment, and management. For decades, Hunt has focused on the key areas of public-private partnerships, community development, real asset investment management, and multifamily housing. Mr. Hunt also serves as Chairman of the Hunt Family Foundation, a private family foundation. He received a number of honors and awards including being recognized as one of the “Philanthropists of the Year” for 2008 by the West Texas-Southern New Mexico Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Mr. Hunt also serves on various national, state and local advisory and development boards including the Texas Business Leadership Council, Complete College America, College for all Texas Foundation, Visitors of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center-Houston, the Borderplex Alliance, Council for Continuous Improvement and Innovation in Texas Higher Education, University of Texas at El Paso, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Western Governors University, WestStar Bank and Tom Lea Institute.

Eric Siegel

Mr. Eric B. Siegel is 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 chairman 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. He rejoined the Kerzner Board from 2008 until April 2014.

Stephen Wertheimer

Mr. Stephen N. Wertheimer is 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., M*Modal Inc., and World Kitchen, Inc. Mr. Wertheimer has been a director of the Company since 1996 and serves as Chairman of the Energy Resources and Environmental Committee. He also serves as a member of the Executive and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees.

Charles Yamarone

Mr. Charles A. Yamarone is Independent Director of El Paso Electric Company, since 1996. He has been Managing Director of Houlihan Lokey since January 2014. From November 2009 until January 2014, he was a director, where he was a senior member of the Debt Capital Markets Group. Mr. Yamarone also worked for over 18 years at Libra Securities (“Libra”) and its predecessors. At Libra, Mr. Yamarone served in a wide variety of roles and was involved in all areas of Libra’s business as an institutional broker-dealer, including capital markets, corporate finance, sales and trading, research, legal, compliance, operations and administration. He was a director of Continental Airlines, Inc. from 1995 until its merger into United Continental Holdings, Inc. in October 2010 and was chairman of Continental’s human resources committee and a member of its corporate governance and social responsibility committee. Since October 2010, he has been a director of United Continental Holdings, Inc. and is chairman of its compensation committee and a member of its executive committee. Until January 2012, he was a director of New Millennium Homes, LLC, a privately-owned homebuilder, and served on its audit committee. He also previously served as a director of four other public companies.
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