RAPID CITY, SD - Jan. 31, 2013 - Black Hills Corp. (NYSE: BKH) today announced the reassignment of two executives. Richard W. Kinzley has been appointed vice president, corporate controller, exchanging roles with Jeffrey B. Berzina, who has been appointed vice president, strategic planning and development. Both appointments will be effective March 1, 2013.
Kinzley has worked for the company for 14 years in roles of increasing responsibility, including the past five years as vice president, strategic planning and development.
"Rich has created tremendous shareholder value as the leader of our corporate development and strategy efforts," said David R. Emery, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Black Hills Corp. "His contributions include the acquisition and integration of five utilities from Aquila in 2008, which more than doubled the size of Black Hills Corporation, and the successful divestiture of our energy marketing subsidiary in early 2012."
Kinzley has previous experience in public accounting, auditing and financial reporting. He is a certified public accountant and holds an accounting degree from the University of South Dakota. In his new role, Kinzley will report to Anthony S. Cleberg, executive vice president and chief financial officer.
Berzina has worked for the company for 13 years, progressing to his most recent role as vice president, corporate controller in 2009. His previous leadership roles at Black Hills include financial reporting, assistant controller and vice president of finance.
"Jeff has made critical contributions during a time of tremendous growth and change as the leader of our efforts to upscale accounting systems and processes following the Aquila acquisition," Cleberg said. "His technical accounting expertise is an invaluable resource to our portfolio of energy businesses."
Berzina is a certified public accountant and worked in public accounting before joining the company. He holds an accounting degree from the University of South Dakota. In his new role as vice president of strategic planning and development, Berzina will report directly to Emery.
"We are excited to leverage the skills and experiences of these two high-potential executives as part of our on-going efforts to build our bench strength and prepare for future growth and leadership succession needs," Emery said.
ABOUT BLACK HILLS CORP.
Black Hills Corp. (NYSE: BKH), a diversified energy company with a tradition of exemplary service and a vision to be the energy partner of choice, is based in Rapid City, S.D., and has corporate offices in Denver and Papillion, Neb. The company serves 765,000 natural gas and electric utility customers in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. The company`s non-regulated businesses generate wholesale electricity and produce natural gas, oil and coal. Black Hills` 2,000 employees partner to produce results that are improving life with energy. More information is available at www.blackhillscorp.com.
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