NAES names Dobler president/CEO, makes other executive appointments – Combined Cycle Journal

NAES names Dobler president/CEO, makes other executive appointments

NAES Corp, Issaquah, Wash, considered by many the power-generation industry’s largest independent services provider, named Mark S Dobler president and CEO in early March. The company announced other appointments at that time as well.

Many readers will remember Dobler as having served in a wide range of management positions in both the powerplant ownership and aftermarket-services sectors over the last three-plus decades. Career highlights include president of Operational Energy Corp, chief executive of Wood Group Gas Turbine Services, and CEO of EthosEnergy Group. Most recently, Dobler served as a non-executive member of the NAES Board of Directors.

Those unfamiliar with NAES might note that the company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan’s ITOCHU Corp, is dedicated to optimizing the performance of complex industrial facilities across the traditional and renewable power-generation landscape, and other industries as well.

NAES’s more than 4000 employees share deep experience in operations, maintenance, construction, engineering, and technical support to build, operate, and maintain plants to run safely, reliably, and cost-effectively, and in compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.

The appointment of Dobler as CEO was just one of several recent executive changes at NAES, Charlie Hoock, SVP of energy services told the editors: “This is part of a larger strategy by NAES to further strengthen our position as the dominant force in independent turnkey services for the energy and infrastructure sectors.” Continuing, Hoock said that 2023 brought “unprecedented growth” in new O&M contracts to NAES and that the company is fortunate to have the depth and talent to transition that volume of business smoothly.

As part of the company’s mission of delivering best-in-class service, Hoock pointed to NAES’s commitment to developing its people to assume leadership roles, as well as ensuring the company’s recruiting team is on a continuous search for talent at all levels. Examples include the appointments of Bob Renaud and Anthony Ligato to VPs of O&M services. The former was promoted from within NAES, while Ligato was a client prior to joining, having served as plant director at RiverBay Energy, asset manager for Direct Energy, and as plant director for Calpine’s Baytown Energy Center.

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