OPPD CEO Gates to retire in 2015

Omaha Public Power District’s President and Chief Executive Officer W. Gary Gates told employees Dec. 2 that he plans to retire in 2015 after 42 years on the job, 11 as the leader.  He has been working with the Board of Directors on the process to ensure there will be a smooth transition.

Gates joined OPPD in September of 1972 as a test engineer. He progressed through the ranks and was named President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2004.

Named President and Chief Executive Officer in 2004, Gates has led the organization through many changes the utility industry has encountered during his tenure at the helm, including the introduction of affordable, renewable wind energy into OPPD’s portfolio.

“The District is well positioned for the future,” said OPPD Board Chairman Mike Cavanaugh.  “A tremendous amount of work has gone into major initiatives, such as the implementation of the 10-year strategic plan, successful integration into the Southwest Power Pool, the restart of Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Station and the completion of the resource generation plan that positions OPPD as a leader in the nation for providing affordable, reliable and environmentally sensitive energy services to our customers. All have been accomplished while Gary Gates has been at the helm.”

Gates said he began thinking about retirement earlier this year and has been working with the Board of Directors in the succession planning process.