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Inland Power and Light names new CEO

Inland Power and Light of Spokane has selected Chad Jensen to be CEO of the cooperative starting May 21.

Jensen is vice president at Lower Valley Energy, an electric cooperative in Afton, Wyo. He has been with Lower Valley Energy for 22 years and has held positions in finance, power supply and resource development, conservation, communications and member services.

“We are thrilled to announce that Chad Jensen is joining our team. He brings strong industry expertise and is an excellent leader,” said Michelle Caird, president of Inland Power’s Board of Trustees, in a prepared statement. “I am confident that under his leadership, our team will continue to deliver solid financial performance and superior customer service to our members.”

Jensen has a degree in finance from Brigham Young University and an MBA from the University of Wyoming.

He will replace Kris Mikkelsen, who is retiring after more than 30 years with Inland Power. Mikkelsen was named CEO in 2000.

Inland Power and Light is a nonprofit electric cooperative for more than 39,000 member-owners in 13 counties in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Founded in 1937, it's the largest electric cooperative in Washington.

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