David G. Hutchens, a 19-year employee of Tucson Electric Power (TEP) who has served as the company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, assumes an expanded role as Chief Executive Officer of TEP and its parent company, UNS Energy Corporation (NYSE: UNS).
Hutchens, 48, succeeds Paul J. Bonavia, who retires today as the companies’ top executive as part of a previously announced succession plan established by the UNS Energy Board of Directors. Bonavia, 63, will remain Executive Board Chair of UNS Energy. Hutchens retains his seat on the UNS Energy Board, as well as his role as President.
“I’m honored to assume leadership of a company where I’ve spent my career working with talented, hard-working employees who are absolutely devoted to serving our customers,” Hutchens said. “Our commitment to customers and the communities we serve will continue to be the key to our success as we enter a new era in the utility industry.”
Hutchens’ tenure begins as UNS Energy seeks approval of its proposed acquisition by Fortis, Inc. (TSX:FTS), Canada’s largest investor-owned gas and electric distribution utility company. The company would remain headquartered in Tucson under local control with current management and staffing levels. The transaction, which remains subject to the approval of the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) and other conditions, is expected to be finalized by the end of 2014.
Hutchens moved from Minneapolis to Tucson to attend the University of Arizona, where he received a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and later an MBA with an emphasis in finance. He served as a nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy and worked as an engineer before joining TEP, UNS Energy’s largest subsidiary, in July 1995. He advanced to various management positions and became a Vice President in January 2007 before being named President in December 2011 and COO in August 2013.
Hutchens and his wife, Cathy, a Tucson native, have been married for 25 years and raised their two daughters in Tucson. Both David and Cathy actively support a variety of charitable causes. Hutchens is a member of the Southern Arizona Leadership Council, the Tucson Conquistadores, Salpointe Catholic Education Board of Directors, the Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities (TREO) Board of Directors and the DM 50, and is a past board president of 88-CRIME.
“Dave has been an integral part of initiatives that have made UNS Energy a financially stronger, more efficient company,” Bonavia said. “With his strong ties to the community and strategic vision, I’m fully confident that Dave will provide the leadership necessary for UNS Energy’s continued success.”
UNS Energy is a Tucson, Arizona-based company with consolidated assets of approximately $4 billion. UNS Energy's primary subsidiaries include Tucson Electric Power (TEP), which serves approximately 414,000 customers in southern Arizona, and UniSource Energy Services (UES), provider of natural gas and electric service for approximately 243,000 customers across Arizona. To learn more, visit uns.com.
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