Dave Geschwind New SMMPA Executive Director and CEO

Dave Geschwind New SMMPA Executive Director and CEO

July 13, 2011

The board of directors of Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency have chosen SMMPA’s Chief Operating Officer and Director of Operations, Dave Geschwind, to succeed Ray Hayward as Executive Director and CEO. In March Mr. Hayward announced his plans to retire. Mr. Geschwind, who has worked at SMMPA for 13 years, will assume his new role on September 1.

SMMPA board President Dennis Seurer said, “Dave’s experience in overseeing the Agency’s generation and transmission assets, power marketing and operation functions, and in dealing with matters like the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, North-American Electric Reliability Corporation and Midwest Independent System Operator, combined with his degrees in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration give him an ideal background to address the major issues facing our industry today. In addition, his familiarity with the Board, the Members, the SMMPA Team and the respect he has earned both within and outside the Agency will help to make him an excellent CEO.”

“The board has made an outstanding choice,” said Mr. Hayward.  “While I will miss working with such a great group, it’s comforting to know that SMMPA will be in good hands.  We’ve made a lot of progress because of Dave, and I’m sure that will continue to be the case.”

Mr. Geschwind said “SMMPA is a great organization and we have benefitted from Ray’s leadership over the years.  I have learned a lot working with Ray and the entire talented and dedicated team, and I’m honored by the confidence the board has shown in me.”