UNS Energy, Tucson Electric Power names new CEO

David G. Hutchens, a 19-year employee of Tucson Electric Power (TEP) who served as the company’s president and chief operating officer (COO), has been named chief executive officer (CEO) of TEP and its parent company, UNS Energy Corp. (UNS).

Hutchens succeeds Paul J. Bonavia, who will remain executive board chair of UNS Energy. Hutchens retains his seat on the UNS Energy board, as well as his role as president.

Hutchens’ tenure begins as UNS Energy seeks approval of its proposed acquisition by Fortis Inc. 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 received his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and later an MBA with an emphasis in finance from the University of Arizona. 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.

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