NEWARK, NJ — PSE&G announced Aug. 22 that John Latka, senior vice president of electric and gas operations, is retiring after 36 years of distinguished service; his retirement will be effective Sept. 7. The company also announced that Kim Hanemann, senior vice president of delivery projects and construction, has been named to an expanded role as senior vice president of electric transmission and distribution, effective Sept. 10.
“John has been a mentor and friend to hundreds of PSE&G employees,” PSE&G President and Chief Operating Officer Dave Daly said in a press release. “He will leave a legacy of achievement and respect that is second to none. He was instrumental in directing restoration efforts in numerous electric and gas events including the northeast blackout, Tropical Storm Irene and Superstorm Sandy, to name a few. Under his leadership, PSE&G has been named the most reliable electric utility in the Mid-Atlantic region for 16 years in a row.
“Kim is a proven leader with a record of success in delivering large, complex infrastructure projects on time and on budget, a critical driver of PSE&G’s growth over the last 10 years,” Daly continued. “She is also well-respected for her demonstrated ability to build high-performing teams. In her new role, she will bring her unique talents and experiences to drive innovation through technology, improved processes and best practices, which will help position PSE&G as the leading utility of the future.”
Latka joined the company in 1982 as a cable splicer assistant and, throughout his career, has made it his mission to provide safe, reliable service to customers. Latka is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University and a board member for the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey. He also is a member of the board of trustees of the Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey and serves on the National Response Executive Committee. In 2014, he was appointed to the NJ Infrastructure Advisory Committee as co-chairman of the Energy Sector.
Hanemann joined the company as an engineer in 1986 and has held numerous leadership positions in both electric and gas field operations and in utility support operations. She was named a director in 2007, promoted to vice president in 2010 and to senior vice president in 2014. Under her leadership, DP&C has grown from a startup team of 40 in 2007 to a still growing team of more than 800 today.
Hanemann is a member of the board of directors of Middlesex Water Company and the board of trustees of Children’s Specialized Hospital. She is a graduate of Lehigh University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, and the Rutgers Graduate School of Management, where she earned a master’s of business administration degree.