Allete CEO Don Shippar to retire
Mr. Shippar will continue as chairman of ALLETE's board of directors. Mr. Shippar began his career with ALLETE's regulated utility, Minnesota Power, in 1976 in the Telecommunications Department. During the next 20 years Mr. Hodnik held increasingly responsible leadership roles in Human Resources and Transmission & Distribution before being appointed Chief Operating Officer of Minnesota Power in 2000.
In 2002, Mr. Hodnik's role expanded to that of Minnesota Power President and COO. In 2004, Shippar was named President and CEO of ALLETE and became chairman of the board in 2006. Mr. Hodnik has been actively involved in professional organizations serving leadership roles in the Edison Electric Institute, the Association of Edison's Illuminating Companies and the Lignite Energy Council.
Mr. Shippar also led the successful acquisition of a strategic direct current interstate transmission line to transport additional wind energy to the region and a significant investment in the American Transmission Company (ATC).
Mr. Hodnik brings 28 years of utility experience to his new role as Allete CEO. A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Mr. Hodnik joined Minnesota Power in 1982 and moved up in the ranks to take on leadership positions within the company, including Leader of Allete's Organizational Development Team, Vice President of Generation Operations and Senior Vice President of Minnesota Power Operations.
In 2007, Mr. Hodnik was named Minnesota Power's Chief Operating Officer and led transmission, distribution, generation and engineering for all aspects of the company as well as for Superior Water Light and Power and BNI Coal. He was promoted to ALLETE President and elected to the board of directors in May of 2009. Mr. Hodnik serves on the Lignite Energy Council and the Edison Electric Institute's Energy Supply Advisory Committee. ■