Former CEO elected to Wisconsin Energy board of directors

Henry W. Knueppel, retired chairman and CEO of Regal Beloit Corp., has been elected to the board of directors of Wisconsin Energy Corp., effective immediately.

"I'm delighted that Henry has agreed to serve as a Wisconsin Energy director," said Gale Klappa, chairman, president and CEO. "His extensive management experience and his broad understanding of the challenges that face our large industrial customers will strengthen an already strong and engaged board of directors."

Knueppel, 64, has more than 30 years of senior management experience with Regal Beloit, a manufacturer of electric motors, mechanical and electrical motion controls, and power generation products.

Under his leadership at Regal Beloit, the company expanded its international footprint and made quality improvement and productivity a way of life. Knueppel holds a bachelor's degree in economics from Ripon College and a master's of business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Knueppel also serves as nonexecutive chairman of Harsco Corp. and as a director of Regal Beloit Corp., Snap-On Inc. and First National Bank & Trust Co. of Beloit.

Wisconsin Energy Corp., based in Milwaukee, is one of the nation's premier energy companies, serving more than 1.1 million electric customers in Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula and more than 1 million natural gas customers in Wisconsin. The company's principal utility is We Energies.  The company's other major unit, We Power, designs, builds and owns electric generating plants.

Wisconsin Energy Corp. has more than $13 billion of assets, about 4,600 employees and 44,700 stockholders of record.

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