CEO Transition

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May 20, 2021 Update:

OPPD’s board of directors selected Javier Fernandez for the position of president and CEO during their May board meeting with a unanimous vote. Read more on OPPDtheWire.


CEO Selection Process

OPPD’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Tim Burke, announced his plans to retire in July after 24 years with OPPD. During his six years as President and CEO, Burke has led the utility through important transformation and provided significant leadership among the industry and throughout the communities OPPD serves. During its succession planning process and beyond, OPPD remains committed to fulfill its vision of leading the way we power the future and its mission to provide affordable, reliable and environmentally sensitive services to its customers.

Thank you to everyone who provided valuable feedback for OPPD’s Board of Directors to consider as they looked internally for the utility’s new CEO.

As discussed in recent board meetings, and in alignment with the process shared with the public, the board conducted interviews for internal CEO candidates throughout the month of April. During the interview period, the board considered feedback provided by both employees and the public around what they wished to see in OPPD’s next CEO — namely, a credible, proven, forward-thinking leader with excellent communication skills and a passion for the communities OPPD serves.

The Board of Directors shared an executive summary update on input received at the April 13th Committee Meeting. More than 1,000 stakeholders provided input though a variety of ways, and that feedback is summarized on this presentation.

The board interviewed five impressive internal candidates, all whom showed great skill and demonstrated many of the qualities sought by the public and employees.

After thorough evaluation and consideration, the board identified Javier Fernandez as the candidate they wanted to move forward as a finalist. His experience, passion and commitment delivered on the expectations for the role — and he delivers on what customers and employees are looking for in OPPD’s next leader.

On Thursday, May 20, 2021, the board voted unanimously for Javier to be OPPD next president and CEO.

Meet and Greet

Prior to the board making a final decision, the Board gave the public an opportunity to meet Javier Fernandez during an online meet and greet on May 10. Attendees learned more about his background, experience and thoughts about the future. Click here to watch the recorded event.

Read more about Javier on OPPDtheWire. You can also access Javier's resume in the Documents section on this page.


Timing

A thoughtful, transparent process has been in place to choose OPPD’s next CEO. The board of directors, with support from OPPD’s Human Capital team, aligned on a preferred approach to the hiring process, with a focus on an internal search. Other internal candidates were Kate Brown, vice president and chief information officer of business technology and building services; Scott Eidem, director of engineering services; Michael Ferm, director of operations; and John Staup, director of talent acquisition.

The Board is happy to address any questions or comments about the process via OPPD's Board Contact Form.



May 20, 2021 Update:

OPPD’s board of directors selected Javier Fernandez for the position of president and CEO during their May board meeting with a unanimous vote. Read more on OPPDtheWire.


CEO Selection Process

OPPD’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Tim Burke, announced his plans to retire in July after 24 years with OPPD. During his six years as President and CEO, Burke has led the utility through important transformation and provided significant leadership among the industry and throughout the communities OPPD serves. During its succession planning process and beyond, OPPD remains committed to fulfill its vision of leading the way we power the future and its mission to provide affordable, reliable and environmentally sensitive services to its customers.

Thank you to everyone who provided valuable feedback for OPPD’s Board of Directors to consider as they looked internally for the utility’s new CEO.

As discussed in recent board meetings, and in alignment with the process shared with the public, the board conducted interviews for internal CEO candidates throughout the month of April. During the interview period, the board considered feedback provided by both employees and the public around what they wished to see in OPPD’s next CEO — namely, a credible, proven, forward-thinking leader with excellent communication skills and a passion for the communities OPPD serves.

The Board of Directors shared an executive summary update on input received at the April 13th Committee Meeting. More than 1,000 stakeholders provided input though a variety of ways, and that feedback is summarized on this presentation.

The board interviewed five impressive internal candidates, all whom showed great skill and demonstrated many of the qualities sought by the public and employees.

After thorough evaluation and consideration, the board identified Javier Fernandez as the candidate they wanted to move forward as a finalist. His experience, passion and commitment delivered on the expectations for the role — and he delivers on what customers and employees are looking for in OPPD’s next leader.

On Thursday, May 20, 2021, the board voted unanimously for Javier to be OPPD next president and CEO.

Meet and Greet

Prior to the board making a final decision, the Board gave the public an opportunity to meet Javier Fernandez during an online meet and greet on May 10. Attendees learned more about his background, experience and thoughts about the future. Click here to watch the recorded event.

Read more about Javier on OPPDtheWire. You can also access Javier's resume in the Documents section on this page.


Timing

A thoughtful, transparent process has been in place to choose OPPD’s next CEO. The board of directors, with support from OPPD’s Human Capital team, aligned on a preferred approach to the hiring process, with a focus on an internal search. Other internal candidates were Kate Brown, vice president and chief information officer of business technology and building services; Scott Eidem, director of engineering services; Michael Ferm, director of operations; and John Staup, director of talent acquisition.

The Board is happy to address any questions or comments about the process via OPPD's Board Contact Form.



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