Pinnacle West Capital Corporation : APS Announces Senior Management Changes Moves Designed to Strengthen Performance and Customer Service
06/27/2012| 11:07am US/Eastern
PHOENIX - Arizona Public
Service today announced senior management changes that
strengthen the company's leadership team and enhance its
ability to provide customers with reliable, affordable
APS President and Chief Operating Officer
Don Robinson, 58, who has been on medical leave since
December 2011, will hand off his day-to-day operational
responsibilities and continue with the company as a senior
advisor. Robinson, who joined APS in 1978, will retain
his title and join APS Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Don Brandt in a newly created Office of the Chairman.
"Don will continue to be an advisor to me and the APS
management team," said Brandt. "He is a trusted counselor and
a good friend. No one knows APS and Arizona better."
Earlier this month, Robinson was awarded the 2012
Transformational Leader award from the Arizona Chamber of
Commerce and Industry.
Mark Schiavoni, 56, is promoted to executive vice
president, Operations. He will have responsibility for power
procurement, all non-nuclear power generation, energy
delivery, supply chain, environmental and safety. Schiavoni
will report to Brandt.
"Last year, APS achieved new bests in reliability, customer
satisfaction and safety," said Brandt. "Our challenge is to
continue that high level of performance while also holding
the line on prices for our customers. Bringing front-line
operations together under Mark's leadership will enhance that
Schiavoni joined APS in 2009. Prior to that, he spent nine
years at Exelon Corporation, where he served as senior vice
president of Exelon Generation and president of Exelon Power.
He worked as a nuclear plant maintenance director for both
Florida Power and Centerior Energy Corp. prior to joining
Exelon in 2000 as a nuclear plant manager. Subsequently, he
earned senior executive positions overseeing Exelon's fossil,
hydroelectric and renewable facilities, as well as the
construction and integration of new generation assets. Prior
to his utility experience, Schiavoni spent 22 years in the
Jeff Guldner, 47, is promoted to senior vice president,
Customers and Regulation. Guldner will oversee the customer
service organization and the utility's interactions with the
Arizona Corporation Commission and the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission. Guldner will report to Brandt.
"Our customers want APS to address energy efficiency,
renewable energy and other important policy goals in a way
that also keeps customer bills affordable," said Brandt.
"This new role for Jeff will help us more effectively
integrate our customer service approach with regulatory
Guldner joined APS in 2004. Prior to that, he was a partner
in the Phoenix office of Snell & Wilmer LLP, where he
practiced energy and public utilities law. He also served in
the U.S. Navy as a surface warfare officer. Guldner received
his JD from Arizona State University and his BA from the
University of Iowa.
APS, Arizona's largest and
longest-serving electricity utility, serves more than 1.1
million customers in 11 of the state's 15 counties. With
headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of
Pinnacle West Capital
Corporation (NYSE: PNW).