Jay Stowe is Huntsville Utilities’ new president and CEO; longtime leader William C. Pippin to retire Wednesday

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Huntsville Utilities Chief Operating Officer
Joseph “Jay” Stowe has been hired to replace William C. Pippin as utility president
and CEO.

Pippin is retiring effective Wednesday after leading the
city-owned utility for the past 21 years. Stowe was tapped to replace him
following a Tuesday morning joint meeting of the utility’s electric, natural gas and
water boards. The vote was unanimous.

“Huntsville Utilities promotes from within,” said Dr. Jimmy Wall,
chairman of the Natural Gas Waterworks Board. “When a vacancy occurs,
even the position of president and CEO, we the boards did what we encourage
management to do by policy, and that is to look within the organization first
when promotional opportunities are available.

“Gladly, we didn’t have to look any further than to Jay Stowe,”
said Wall.

Stowe joined
Huntsville Utilities in November 2005 as vice president of operations. He was promoted
to chief operating officer – second in command to Pippin – in late 2009. Before
coming to Huntsville, Stowe worked as utilities director for the City of
Shelby, N.C., and as public works and utilities director for the City of
Newton, N.C. He graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in
civil engineering.

Huntsville Utilities President and CEO William C.jpgView full sizeWilliam C. Pippin 

“Huntsville
Utilities has been under adept care of Bill Pippin, and now he is passing it on
to Jay Stowe in better shape than he found it,” said Dr. Dorothy W. Huston,
vice chair of the utility’s Natural Gas Waterworks Board.

“It will be
Jay Stowe’s challenge to maintain the distinct character of HU, plan for and
execute the next quarter century, and ultimately pass the mantle to the next
leader so that quality utility service is always provided for Madison county
residents,” said Huston.

In addition
to his duties at Huntsville Utilities, Stowe is chairman of the Huntsville
Botanical Gardens Board of Directors and past chair of Phoenix Industries. Stowe
is a graduate of LEADERSHIP Huntsville/Madison County Class 22. He and his wife,
Elaine, have a teenage daughter, Emma.

Pippin joined Huntsville Utilities in July 1985. He served as vice president of operations and vice president
of administrative services before being tapped to succeed Edward E. Cobb as general manager in January 1993.

In 2012, Pippin was awarded the Richard C. Crawford
Distinguished Service Award — the highest honor bestowed by the Tennessee Valley Public Power Association.

“Bill Pippin is a man of strong convictions and character
- an American patriot,” said Ronnie Boles, chairman of the Huntsville Utilities Electric Board. “When he was selected in 1985, I had the highest
expectations of him and he has performed in a capacity that has been best for
our customers and employees. I have no doubt that Jay Stowe will do the same
for the next quarter century of Huntsville Utilities’ history.”

Huntsville Utilities serves
approximately 175,000 electric, 50,000 natural gas, and 90,000 water customers
in Huntsville and Madison County.

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