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JEA board names new CEO

2:20 PM, Jul 17, 2012   |    comments
Courtesy JEA
Joseph Belechak
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Joseph Belechak has been named as the new CEO of JEA, succeeding current CEO Jim Dickenson, who announced his retirement in January.

Belechak begin his new position on October 1. Dickenson will remain with JEA until Feb. 1, 2013 to assist with the transition, according to a release from JEA.

Belechak has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry, including a role as senior vice president of nuclear fuels of Westinghouse Electric Company in Pennsylvania. He also majored in Economics, Industrial Management and Civil Engineering at Carnegie Mellon and earned an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

"I feel confident about the decision made by the board today. This is a culmination of a very deliberate process to ensure a smooth transition in leadership," said JEA Board Chairman Ashton Hudson. "Joe brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will be essential for meeting the ongoing challenges in the electric, water and sewer businesses."

Mycoff, Fry and Prouse assisted JEA's search committee in locating CEO candidates. Six were interviewed by the board in June and two were presented to the board for its final decision, the release said.

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