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2/5/2018 6:55:00 PM
IPL cuts 100 jobs in Indiana, gets new president and CEO under corporate restructuring

John Russell, Indianapolis Business Journal

Indianapolis Power & Light Co. is cutting 100 jobs in Indiana and getting a new president and CEO under a corporate restructuring by parent AES Corp.

The utility announced the moves Monday evening as part of a “global strategic transformation.”

Under the restructuring, Craig Jackson will assume the role of president and CEO of both IPL and sister company Dayton Power & Light. Both are subsidiaries of AES, based in Arlington, Virginia. The announcement did not say where he would be based. He was formerly a senior vice president based in Dayton, Ohio.

The announcement made no mention of Rafael Sanchez, who is apparently leaving the company. Sanchez became president and CEO of IPL in June 2016, following a four-month apprenticeship as the utility’s senior vice president of strategic planning.

Sanchez, a former business attorney at the law firm of Bingham Greenebaum Doll, could not be reached for comment at his office or cell phone. The company had touted Sanchez, a native of Puerto Rico, as a face of the change it was embracing when he was given the top job.

Despite his title, Sanchez was not actually responsible for much of IPL’s day-to-day activities. Many of the operation’s major functions, including operations, finance, legal, human resources and government relations, reported to other corporate officials at AES. Sanchez was responsible for major accounts, public affairs and “stakeholder management”—any group or organization that might be affected by IPL’s activities, from city hall to environmental groups.

It’s unclear what type of jobs will be impacted, or where they are located. “Notifications will take place in the coming weeks and out of respect for our people we will not give additional details about those positions until all discussions have taken place,” AES spokeswoman Brandi Davis-Handy said in an email to IBJ.

The reductions will take place by the second quarter of this year.

Ken Zagzebski will assume the role of executive chairman of the board of IPL and its holding company, IPALCO, as well as for the Dayton operations.  He will also be the interim CEO for IPL until Jackson assumes the role, AES said.

“While these changes are difficult, they will allow us to improve efficiency and continue modernizing our infrastructure while maintaining affordable electricity for our customers,” Zagzebski said in a statement.

IPL is under pressure to build business and increase revenues. Its service territory is limited to about 500 square miles in Indianapolis and surrounding areas, and demand for electricity has been slipping.

AES said the reorganization is part of an “ongoing strategy to simplify its portfolio, optimize its cost structure and reduce its carbon intensity.”

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