Avista chief human resources officer Karen Feltes to retire
Avista Corp. announced changes in its officer team, approved by the Board of Directors. All changes will take effect on Oct. 1, 2019. SVP and chief HR officer Karen Feltes has announced plans to retire on Feb. 1, 2020, after serving the company and its customers for 21 years. A number of other near-term changes have also been approved to further align the leadership team's structure with the needs of the organization, ensure continuity of leadership and to establish the senior leadership team that will be in place through the CEO transition. The approved officer team changes are as follows: Mark Thies has been promoted from SVP and CFO to EVP and CFO. He will retain his current areas of responsibility. Heather Rosentrater has been promoted from VP, Energy Delivery to SVP, Energy Delivery. Her area of responsibility will continue to include the day-to-day operations of the utility, including electric and natural gas engineering, operations and shared services such as fleet, facilities and supply chain. Kevin Christie has been promoted from VP, External Affairs and Chief Customer Officer to SVP, External Affairs and Chief Customer Officer. His areas of responsibility will continue to include communications, community outreach and philanthropy, as well as customer energy efficiency and conservation activities, regulatory affairs and new products and services. As the transition occurs, this group, along with current senior officers, will determine the next steps needed to deliver on the Company's vision and best meet the needs of its stakeholders.