During a special board meeting this morning, the Omaha Public Power District Board of Directors announced they have named a finalist to potentially lead the utility when Timothy J. Burke retires July 2.
While no action was taken today, directors announced Javier Fernandez as the final candidate for the chief executive officer position. They plan to officially vote on the final CEO selection at their next monthly meeting May 20 at 5 p.m.
The board’s selection comes after conducting interviews over the past several weeks with five, highly-skilled internal candidates. Throughout the process, directors carefully considered feedback they solicited and received from employees and the public about their desired qualities in a utility leader.
“Our stakeholders told us they were looking for a credible, proven, forward-thinking leader with excellent communication skills and a passion for the communities OPPD serves,” said Director Craig Moody, the board’s current Governance Committee chair and past Chair of the Board. “Because Javier so clearly met the criteria, we believe he should move forward as the finalist for this important position.”
“Javier’s extensive experience, passion, and commitment delivered on our expectations for this role,” said Board Chair Amanda Bogner. “He has served the District well as Chief Financial Officer for the past four years and will serve the utility well in the future of this dynamic industry.”
Read more about Javier in this past feature story from OPPD’s The Wire.
The board wants to give the public an opportunity to get to know Fernandez better, and learn about his background, experience, and thoughts about the future. OPPD will host a virtual meet and greet event, open to the public, May 10, from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Event details will be posted by this afternoon at OPPDCommunityConnect.com.