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Executive Team

Robert C. Rowe
President and Chief Executive Officer

  • Current position since August 2008.
  • Board member since August 2008. 
  • 20-plus years energy and utility industry experience and is currently serving as Chairman of Western Energy Institute (2012-2013) and Co-Chair of IEE, an Institute of the Edison Foundation focused on advancing the adoption of innovative and efficient technologies among electric utilities and their technology partners that will transform the power grid; formerly chairman and commissioner of the Montana Public Service Commission from 1993-2004, and also served as president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).

Brian B. Bird
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

  • Responsible for finance, treasury, accounting, tax, investor relations, information technology and executive compensation.
  • Current position since 2003.
  • 29 years financial management experience with energy and other large industrial companies.


Michael R. Cashell
Vice President - Transmission

  • Responsible for all electric transmission and natural gas transmission and storage operations.
  • Current position since 2011.
  • 28 years utility industry experience.


Patrick R. Corcoran
Vice President - Government and Regulatory Affairs

  • Responsible for electric and natural gas regulatory activities.
  • Current position since 2001.
  • 35 years utility industry experience.


Heather H. Grahame
Vice President and General Counsel

  • Responsible for all in-house and outside legal activities, including risk management and records management.
  • Current position since 2010.
  • 30 years legal experience (23 years representing utilities).


John D. Hines
Vice President - Supply

  • Responsible for electric and natural gas planning, procurement and generation operations and the company's environmental function.
  • Current position since 2011.
  • 25 years utility industry experience.

 
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  Vice President and Controller

  •  Responsible for accounting, financial reporting, internal controls, accounts payable, payroll, compensation and benefits administration.
  •  Current position since 2015.
  •  15 years utility industry experience.

Curtis T. Pohl
Vice President - Distribution

  • Responsible for electric and natural gas distribution operations, safety and support services.
  • Current position since 2003.
  • 28 years utility industry experience.


Bobbi L. Schroeppel
Vice President - Customer Care, Communications and Human Resources

  • Responsible for customer care, economic development, key account management, community relations, corporate communications and human resources.
  • Current position since 2002.
  • 21 years utility industry experience.


Key Management

 McClainAndrew-_M4B9820WebM. Andrew McLain
FERC Compliance Officer

  • Responsible for all FERC Compliance activities.
  • Current position since February 2012.
  • 10 years environmental and regulatory legal experience in the utility sector.


 

Michael L. NiemanMichael L. Nieman
Chief Audit and Compliance Officer

  • Responsible for internal audit activities, including monitoring of internal controls and enterprise risk management.
  • Responsible for coordinating compliance activities in accordance with the company's Code of Conduct and Ethics.
  • Reports functionally to the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. 
  • Current position since 2010, previously Internal Audit and Controls Officer since 2005.
  • 21 years utility industry finance and internal audit experience.

Timothy P. OlsonTimothy P. Olson
Senior Corporate Counsel and Corporate Secretary

  • Responsible for corporate governance activities.
  • Current position since 2010.
  • 21 years legal and business experience.



Daniel L. RauschDaniel L. Rausch
Treasurer

  • Responsible for treasury functions, including capital procurement, cash management, credit, handling of the Company’s banking relationships, and working with senior management on strategic direction of the Company.
  • Current position since December 12, 2012.
  • 26 years experience in finance-related roles.

     

Jeanne M. VoldJeanne M. Vold
Business Technology Officer

  • Responsible for technology and telecommunications operations and strategic direction.
  • Current position since December 12, 2012.
  • 27 years technical experience with 15 years in utilities.


small brandlBoard of Directors

E. Linn Draper, Jr. Dr. E. Linn Draper Jr.
Chairman of the Board

Committees: None
Director since Nov. 1, 2004

Dr. Draper retired as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of American Electric Power Co., Inc. (AEP), one of the nation's largest public utility holding companies, based in Columbus, Ohio.  Dr. Draper led AEP from 1993 until his retirement as Chairman of the Board on Feb. 24, 2004.  Prior to leading AEP, Dr. Draper served as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Gulf States Utilities Company, Beaumont, Texas. 

Dr. Draper also serves on the boards of directors of TransCanada, a transporter and marketer of natural gas and generator of electric power in Canada and the United States; Alliance Data Systems Corporation, a provider of transaction, credit and marketing services; and Alpha Natural Resources, Inc., a coal producer.

Dr. Draper resides in Lampasas, Texas.  He holds a bachelor's and master's degree in chemical engineering from Rice University and a PhD in nuclear science and engineering from Cornell University. 

 Stephen P. AdikStephen P. Adik

Committees:  Audit (Chair), Human Resources
Director since Nov. 1, 2004

Mr. Adik retired as Vice Chairman of NiSource, Inc., a Merrillville, Ind.-based electric and natural gas production, transmission and distribution company.  Mr. Adik has held a number of executive positions including Chief Financial Officer with NiSource and its predecessor Northern Indiana Public Service Company.  Prior to joining NIPSCO, Mr. Adik held financial executive positions for American Natural Resources Company and three railroad companies.

Mr. Adik also serves on the boards of directors of the Chicago SouthShore and South Bend Railroad, a regional rail carrier serving northwest Indiana. In addition, Mr. Adik has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations.

Mr. Adik resides in Valparaiso, Ind. He holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Steven Institute of Technology and an MBA from Northwestern University.

 Anthony T. ClarkAnthony T. Clark

Committees:  Governance and Innovation
Director since December 6, 2016

Mr. Clark is a Senior Advisor at Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP (effective January 3, 2017). With offices in Washington, DC and Denver, it is one of the largest law firms in the U.S. dedicated primarily to the practice of communications and energy law. He has extensive experience in energy and utility policy at the federal and state level. Having been appointed by President Obama, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Mr. Clark served from 2012 to 2016 as a Commissioner of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. From 2001 to 2012 he was a Commissioner of the North Dakota Public Service Commission, including over 5 years as its Chairman. During his tenure at the North Dakota Commission, Mr. Clark was selected by his regulatory peers across the nation to serve a term as President of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners.

From 1999 to 2000, Mr. Clark was Labor Commissioner of the State of North Dakota and a member of the Cabinet of then Gov. Ed Schafer. In 1994 he was one of the youngest people ever elected to the North Dakota legislature, representing a portion of the City of Fargo for two terms in the State House of Representatives.

He is a graduate, with honor, from North Dakota State University and holds a masters’s degree from the University of North Dakota. Having attained the rank of Eagle Scout in his youth, Mr. Clark has been a long-time volunteer with and supporter of the Boy Scouts of America. He and his wife have 3 children and reside in Ashburn, VA.

Dana J. DykhouseDana J. Dykhouse

Committees:  Human Resources (Chair), Audit
Director since January 30, 2009

Chief Executive Officer of First PREMIER Bank since 1995.

Mr. Dykhouse also serves on the boards of Junior Achievement of South Dakota, the South Dakota State University Athletic Champions Council, Sioux Falls Development Foundation, Children's Care Hospital Foundation and Sioux Falls Sports Authority.

Mr. Dykhouse resides in Sioux Falls, S.D. and is a graduate of South Dakota State University.

 Jan R. Horsfall Jan R. Horsfall

Committees:  Audit, Governance and Innovation
Director since April 23, 2015

Mr. Horsfall is President and CEO of Maxletics Corporation, a sports technology company that connects influential elite athletes to brands. From 2012 to 2014, he was CEO of Universal Lubricants, a privately held environmental energy company, where he led a company-wide turnaround. Mr. Horsfall’s prior experience also includes a senior executive role at online gaming company Turbine Inc., and senior marketing roles at Lycos, the search engine/portal, and The Valvoline Company, one of the top automotive supply companies in the U.S.

Mr. Horsfall was the founder and co-chairman of Startup Colorado, where he worked with early-stage technology companies to boost the depth and breadth of entrepreneurial activity in the state. He also served as Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Colorado State University’s College of Business, where he also sat on the Global Leadership Council board.

Mr. Horsfall resides in Colorado Springs, Colo. and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University. He also earned an Executive Certificate from Indiana University.

 NWE_Board_BrittBritt E. Ide

Committees:  Governance and Innovation
Director since April 27, 2017

Ms. Ide is president of Ide Energy & Strategy and executive director of the Yellowstone Club Community Foundation. She previously served as senior counsel of Idaho Power Company and filled legal leadership roles at Healthwise Inc., Albertson’s Inc. and Boise Cascade Corp. She is a director of the Big Sky (MT) Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board of Hotrock Energy Research Organization and was appointed to Montana’s Clean Power Plan advisory council and as an ambassador for the Clean Energy Education & Empowerment Initiative, a U.S. Dept. of Energy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University collaboration.

Ms. Ide resides in Big Sky, Mont. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University, a master’s in environmental engineering from Montana State University, and a juris doctor from the University of Utah College of Law.

 Julia L. Johnson Julia L. Johnson

Committees:  Governance and Innovation, Human Resources
Director since Nov. 1, 2004

Ms. Johnson is President of NetCommunications, LLC, a strategy consulting firm specializing in the energy, telecommunications and information technology public policy arenas.  Ms. Johnson was previously Chairperson of the Florida Public Service Commission which is responsible for the economic regulation of Florida's $16.8 billion investor-owned utility companies including intrastate operation of telecommunications, electric, gas, water and wastewater.  She served on the Florida PSC from January 1993 through January 1999 before returning to the private sector.

Ms. Johnson also serves on the boards of directors of American Water, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company; FirstEnergy, an investor-owned utility holding company; and Mastec, Inc., a leading end-to-end voice, video, data and energy infrastructure solution provider.

Ms. Johnson resides in Windermere, Fla. She holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and a law degree from the University of Florida and is a member of the National Bar Association and the Florida Bar Association.

 Robert C. RoweRobert C. Rowe

Committees:  None
Director since August 13, 2008

Mr. Rowe is President and Chief Executive Officer of NorthWestern Corporation since 2008, and is currently serving as Chairman of Western Energy Institute (2012-2013) and Co-Chair of IEE, an Institute of the Edison Foundation focused on advancing the adoption of innovative and efficient technologies among electric utilities and their technology partners that will transform the power grid; formerly co-founder and senior partner at Balhoff, Rowe & Williams, LLC, a specialized national professional services firm providing financial and regulatory advice to clients in the energy and telecommunications industries. Mr. Rowe served as commissioner (and chairman) of the Montana Public Service Commission from 1993-2004, and also served as president of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). He has testified frequently before Congress and has consulted with and trained U.S. and non-U.S. energy and telecommunications regulators.

Mr. Rowe resides in Helena, Mont. He holds a BA from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, a JD from the University of Oregon, completed the Kennedy School Senior Executives' Program, and is active in various legal and professional organizations.  

 NWE_Board_Linda Linda G. Sullivan

Committees:  Audit
Director since April 27, 2017

Ms. Sullivan is an executive vice president and the chief financial officer of American Water, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility. She also has 22 years of experience with the Edison International companies, last serving as senior vice president and CFO at Southern California Edison from 2009 to 2014. She has 25-plus years of utility finance and regulatory experience and is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Management Accountant.

Ms. Sullivan resides in Mullica Hill, New Jersey. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting from Portland State University and is a certified public accountant and certified management accountant.

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