Pete Simonich announced his retirement as vice president and Chief Operating Officer of PPL Montana (NYSE: PPL) effective June 1.
Simonich joined the former Montana Power Co. in 1981 as a startup engineer at the Colstrip coal-fired power plant in Montana. In 2004, he became manager of Generating Assets, and was named PPL Montana’s vice president and COO in 2009. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Montana State University and is a registered professional engineer in the state.
Charles Baker, currently PPL Montana’s controller, will be named general manager for Montana operations of the new Talen Energy Corp., the spinoff company of PPL’s Energy Supply business, that will be established on June 1. Baker joined the PPL Montana accounting group in 2000 and has been the controller since 2003. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with finance and accounting emphasis, from the University of Montana, and is a certified public accountant in Montana.
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