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June 24, 2014

PSGC Welcomes Chief Operating Officer

June 24, 2014

PSGC Welcomes Chief Operating Officer
PSGC Reinforces Campus Reliability and Safety Teams with New Hires

MARISSA, IL – The Prairie State Generating Company (PSGC) announced today that Randy Short has been appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO), a new position in the Company. Mr. Short, with two decades of experience in the utility industry, most recently served as plant manager to the coal-fueled Baldwin Energy Complex within the Dynegy Illinois fleet. Previously, Mr. Short served as plant manager at the Wood River power plant and served as senior director for Generation Programs at Dynegy corporate headquarters in Houston. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University and a Master’s of Business of Administration from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. As COO, Mr. Short will oversee the primary corporate functions of PSGC, including the power plant and enhancing PSGC’s reliability plan. Mr. Short will report to PSGC’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
“Mr. Short is a skilled power industry leader with unique experience working in Illinois and with Illinois coal,” said Duncan Kincheloe, PSGC’s Chairman and interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “Mr. Short’s new position adds major strength to our team and will enable a new President and CEO to focus on strategic issues, safety, external relationships and other owner priorities. We look forward to continuing to improve our operations under his leadership.” Effective July 28, Mr. Short will assume responsibility for the power plant, finance, procurement, IT and environmental services departments. Mine operations, human resources, safety, legal and external affairs will report directly to the President and CEO.
In addition to adding a COO to the team, PSGC also established a new safety department, specifically dedicated to the training and safety of employees. Recently, Michael Yusko joined PSGC to oversee and coordinate the campus wide safety efforts as corporate safety manager. Mr. Yusko came to PSGC from Fiberteq, LLC in Danville, IL where he served as environmental health and safety leader. He holds a Master’s and Bachelor’s of Science in Safety Engineering and Occupational Health from Murray State University. Rich Baker, a 25-year coal mine safety veteran, recently accepted the safety lead position at the coal mine. Curt Post, with extensive utility safety and maintenance experience, will continue to lead the power plant’s safety program. The PSGC safety department will report directly to the President and CEO.
PSGC’s search for its next President and Chief Executive Officer has begun, led by Marc Gerken, PSGC’s Vice Chair and President and CEO of American Municipal Power (AMP). “PSGC’s Management Committee is dedicated to finding the right leader to continue the company’s progress,” said Mr. Gerken. “The PSGC Participant-Owners have carefully benchmarked the position and developed strategic recruiting tools. We are excited to meet the prospective candidates and look forward to naming a new President and CEO soon.”

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