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Otter Tail Power names new president

Published 10:59am Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Otter Tail Power Co. has a new president.

Monday at Otter Tail Corp.’s annual meeting of shareholders, Chuck MacFarlane announced that Timothy J. Rogelstad replaces him as Otter Tail Power president.

“Pure excitement I guess would be a good way to describe it,” Rogelstad told The Journal. “It really is an honor and a privilege to be asked to serve in this role.”

As previously announced, MacFarlane today assumes the role of president and chief operating officer of Otter Tail Corp. MacFarlane has been president of Otter Tail Power, the corporation’s electric utility subsidiary, since 2003 and its chief executive officer since 2007.

Rogelstad reports directly to MacFarlane in his new role as president of Otter Tail Power, which is effective immediately. As part of this new role Rogelstad also will serve as senior vice president of Otter Tail Corp.’s electric platform. He will still be based in Fergus Falls.

 

“It gives me great pleasure to announce Tim’s new role,” said MacFarlane in a news release. “Tim has a strong understanding of, and dedication to, Otter Tail Power Company. His education, experience, and accomplishments make him ideally qualified. Tim is an excellent thinker and negotiator, and he has honed these traits as he’s accepted greater responsibility during his nearly 25 years with the company. Under his leadership, I expect that Otter Tail Power Company will continue its tradition of providing reliable and economical service while maintaining good relationships with customers, industry peers, and regulators.”

Rogelstad, who was vice president, asset management, at Otter Tail Power, joined the company in June 1989 as an engineer in the system engineering department and has served as supervisor of transmission planning and manager of delivery planning. He’s most recently been the executive in charge of delivery planning, delivery maintenance, delivery engineering, system operations, and project management.

Rogelstad expressed confidence in his fellow Otter Tail Power employees.

“We have a strong executive team, and I know that those team members will continue to lead their areas as I become acclimated to my new role of guiding the strategy and direction of this company,” he said. “We are fortunate to be supported by talented, dedicated employees who have the ability to recognize and navigate the challenges that present themselves every day. With our collective commitment to continued excellence, I believe that our company is well-positioned to fulfill its mission, which is to produce and deliver electricity as reliably, economically, and environmentally responsibly as possible and to improve the quality of life in the areas in which we do business.”

Among Rogelstad’s professional accomplishments are roles in the company’s CapX2020 transmission line investment, two major transmission projects in the Big Stone area of South Dakota, and an international transmission line from central North Dakota to central Manitoba. He helped develop Otter Tail Power’s first large-scale wind generation strategy, and led an initiative to develop a methodology for prioritizing capital projects across the entire company.

Rogelstad graduated from North Dakota State University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical and electronics engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in the three states where Otter Tail Power serves: Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. He also is a graduate of the University of Idaho’s Utility Executive course.

Active in the community, Rogelstad and his wife Penny and their four children live near Fergus Falls.

Otter Tail Power Co., a subsidiary of Otter Tail Corp., is headquartered in Fergus Falls.

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