Tuesday, April 29, 2014 – 12:15PM
Bill Pippin retires as Huntsville Utilities’ CEO – Jay Stowe named successor
After 21 years as President & CEO of Huntsville Utilities, Mr. William C. Pippin is retiring – effective April 30, 2014. With unanimous consent from the members of Huntsville Utilities’ Electric, Natural Gas, and Water Boards, Mr. Joseph “Jay” Stowe, current HU Chief Operating Officer, has been named as the new President & CEO.
“Huntsville Utilities promotes from within. When a vacancy occurs, even the position of President & CEO, we the Boards did what we encourage management to do by policy, and that is to look within the organization first when promotional opportunities are available –gladly we didn’t have to look any further than to Jay Stowe as our new President & CEO” – Dr. Jimmy Wall, Chairman – Natural Gas & Waterworks Utility Boards, Huntsville Utilities.
Bill Pippin joined Huntsville Utilities in July 1985 and served in the positions of Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Administrative Services. In January 1993 he was appointed General Manager, replacing Edward E. Cobb, the second General Manager of Huntsville Utilities, succeeding Karl A. Woltersdorf, the first General Manager. Prior to his arrival at Huntsville Utilities, Mr. Pippin began his career in the electric utility industry at the Texas Electric Service Company in Fort Worth, Texas, after graduating from New Mexico State University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.
After four decades of public service to the utility industry, Bill Pippin led Huntsville Utilities through times of tremendous growth, developing a reputation of excellence along the way. In 2012, he was awarded the Richard C. Crawford Distinguished Service Award by the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association (TVPPA), which is the highest honor bestowed by the organization of public power distributors in the Tennessee Valley. Mr. Pippin served on the TVPPA Board of Directors, and he is past Chairman of North Alabama Industrial Development Association. As an advocate for community and economic development, Mr. Pippin has supported, participated and led Huntsville Utilities in assisting Huntsville/Madison County United Way, American Cancer Society, Cerebral Palsy, Christmas Charities, March of Dimes, Harris Home for Children, Family Services Center, Huntsville Botanical Gardens, and EarlyWorks Museum. Additionally, Bill is a graduate of LEADERSHIP Huntsville/Madison County – Class 4.
“Bill Pippin is a man of strong convictions and character – an American patriot; and when he was selected in 1985 I had the highest expectations of him and he has performed in a capacity that has been best for our customers and employees. I have no doubt that Jay Stowe will do the same for the next quarter century of Huntsville Utilities’ history,” said Mr. Ronnie Boles, Chairman of the Huntsville Utilities Electric Board.
Jay Stowe joined Huntsville Utilities initially in November 2005 as Vice President of Operations and was promoted to COO in November 2009, with primary responsibility for Engineering, Operations, Supply, Customer Services, Customer Relations, Information Technology, Public Relations, and Management Information System Departments of the joint Electric, Natural Gas and Water Systems. Mr. Stowe joined Huntsville Utilities after serving as Utilities Director for the City of Shelby, North Carolina and as Public Works and Utilities Director for the City of Newton, North Carolina. Prior to his public service career in the utility industry, he worked for Black and Veatch in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Cincinnati and Williams Engineering in Rock Hill, South Carolina. A Professional Engineer in NC, SC, and AL, Mr. Stowe is a graduate of North Carolina State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Actively engaged in the local community – Mr. Stowe presently serves as Chairman of the Huntsville Botanical Gardens Board of Directors and is Past Chair of Phoenix Industries. Further, he has served in various capacities with the United Way of Huntsville/Madison County and is a graduate of LEADERSHIP Huntsville/Madison County – Class 22. He and his wife Elaine have one teenage daughter, Emma.
“Huntsville Utilities has been under adept care of Bill Pippin and now he is passing it on to Jay Stowe in better shape than he found it. It will be Jay Stowe’s challenge to maintain the distinct character of HU, plan for and execute the next quarter century, and ultimately pass the mantle to the next leader so that quality utility service is always provided for Madison county residents,” Dr. Dorothy W. Huston, Vice-Chair – Huntsville Utilities Natural Gas & Waterworks Utility Boards.
Huntsville Utilities is a publicly-owned, not-for-profit utility serving approximately 175,000 electric, 50,000 natural gas, and 90,000 water customers in Huntsville and Madison County, Alabama.