The president of Liberty Utilities, the Algonquin American subsidiary, David Pasleka, announced changes today, saying that Empire District Electric CEO Brad Beecher (top photo) would be retiring effective March 31 and Chief Operating Officer Kelly Walters (middle photo) is leaving to "pursue other interests and opportunities" at the end of this month.
Effective February 1, according to Pasleka, David Swain (bottom photo) will become president of Empire District-Liberty Utilities Central.
Pasleka's announcement reads as follows:
Effective February 1, 2017, David Swain has been named president of
David has 32 years of utility experience. He comes to this position after most recently leading Energy North and Granite State Electric for Liberty Utilities. Prior to this, he was the division manager for Atmos Energy Corporation, one of the largest natural gas utilities in the United States. He began his utility career in Vandalia, Illinois working for United Cities Gas Company.
This announcement comes with the planned retirement of Brad Beecher on March 31, 2017, following a 29-year career in the utilities business. To ensure a smooth transition, David will work closely with Brad until his retirement effective date.
Brad and Kelly have successfully led the company through the largest environmental improvement program and the largest regulatory initiative in the company's history. Our sincere thanks to them for their many years of dedication and leadership to Empire.
President- Liberty Utilities