– USA, TX – Calpine Corporation (NYSE:CPN) announced today that following its Annual Meeting of Shareholders yesterday, the Board of Directors elected Frank Cassidy as Chairman of the Board.
Mr. Cassidy has served as a Director on Calpine’s Board since 2008 and as Lead Independent Director since 2014. Prior to that, he had 40 years of experience in the power generation and energy industries, including as President and Chief Operating Officer of PSEG Power LLC and as Chief Executive Officer of PSEG Energy Technologies.
“We are delighted that Frank has agreed to lead our Board of Directors,” said Thad Hill, Calpine’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Frank’s deep industry experience and expertise, as well as his knowledge of Calpine gained over the past eight years as a Director and Lead Independent Director, assure Calpine continues to have strong Board leadership.”
Mr. Cassidy succeeds Jack A. Fusco, who had served as Executive Chairman of the Board since 2014 and as CEO from 2008 to 2014. Mr. Fusco’s term as Executive Chairman expired as of May 11, 2016, pursuant to the terms of his employment agreement. At the Company’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders, Mr. Fusco was elected, and will continue to serve, as a Director of Calpine.
“On behalf of the Calpine Board, I want to thank Jack for his leadership as Executive Chairman over the past couple of years and as CEO before that,” said Mr. Cassidy. “Over the past eight years, Jack led the transformation of Calpine into the nation’s premier independent power producer. I am most pleased that Jack has agreed to continue to serve on the Calpine Board. Finally, I would like to congratulate Jack on his new challenge, announced today, as the President and CEO of Cheniere Energy.”
Calpine Corporation is America’s largest generator of electricity from natural gas and geothermal resources. Our fleet of 84 power plants in operation or under construction represents more than 27,000 megawatts of generation capacity. Through wholesale power operations and our retail business, Champion Energy, we serve customers in 21 states and Canada. We specialize in developing, constructing, owning and operating natural gas-fired and renewable geothermal power plants that use advanced technologies to generate power in a low-carbon and environmentally responsible manner. Our clean, efficient, modern and flexible fleet is uniquely positioned to benefit from the secular trends affecting our industry, including the abundant and affordable supply of clean natural gas, stricter environmental regulation, aging power generation infrastructure and the increasing need for dispatchable power plants to successfully integrate intermittent renewables into the grid.
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