Black Hills Corporation : BLACK HILLS CORPORATION ANNOUNCES OFFICER CHANGES
RAPID CITY, SD - Jan. 31, 2013 - Black Hills Corp. (NYSE: BKH) today announced
the reassignment of two executives. Richard W. Kinzley has been appointed vice
president, corporate controller, exchanging roles with Jeffrey B. Berzina, who
has been appointed vice president, strategic planning and development. Both
appointments will be effective March 1, 2013.
Kinzley has worked for the company for 14 years in roles of increasing
responsibility, including the past five years as vice president, strategic
planning and development.
"Rich has created tremendous shareholder value as the leader of our corporate
development and strategy efforts," said David R. Emery, chairman, president
and chief executive officer of Black Hills Corp. "His contributions include
the acquisition and integration of five utilities from Aquila in 2008, which
more than doubled the size of Black Hills Corporation, and the successful
divestiture of our energy marketing subsidiary in early 2012."
Kinzley has previous experience in public accounting, auditing and financial
reporting. He is a certified public accountant and holds an accounting degree
from the University of South Dakota. In his new role, Kinzley will report to
Anthony S. Cleberg, executive vice president and chief financial officer.
Berzina has worked for the company for 13 years, progressing to his most
recent role as vice president, corporate controller in 2009. His previous
leadership roles at Black Hills include financial reporting, assistant
controller and vice president of finance.
"Jeff has made critical contributions during a time of tremendous growth and
change as the leader of our efforts to upscale accounting systems and
processes following the Aquila acquisition," Cleberg said. "His technical
accounting expertise is an invaluable resource to our portfolio of energy
Berzina is a certified public accountant and worked in public accounting
before joining the company. He holds an accounting degree from the University
of South Dakota. In his new role as vice president of strategic planning and
development, Berzina will report directly to Emery.
"We are excited to leverage the skills and experiences of these two
high-potential executives as part of our on-going efforts to build our bench
strength and prepare for future growth and leadership succession needs," Emery
ABOUT BLACK HILLS CORP.
Black Hills Corp. (NYSE: BKH), a diversified energy company with a tradition
of exemplary service and a vision to be the energy partner of choice, is based
in Rapid City, S.D., and has corporate offices in Denver and Papillion, Neb.
The company serves 765,000 natural gas and electric utility customers in
Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. The
company's non-regulated businesses generate wholesale electricity and produce
natural gas, oil and coal. Black Hills' 2,000 employees partner to produce
results that are improving life with energy. More information is available at
Jerome E. Nichols 605-721-1171
Jason Ketchum 605-721-2209
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