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LG&E and KU announce leadership changes after retirement of long-time leader John McCall

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Jan. 9, 2012) – LG&E and KU Energy announced today the retirement of one its long-time leaders as well as new appointments for two of its current officers and the hiring of a new general counsel.

John McCall, executive vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary and chief compliance officer of LG&E and KU Energy LLC today announced he plans to retire June 30.

Above left: John McCall. Right: Brad Rives

In addition, effective in February, Brad Rives, chief financial officer, will take over in the newly created position of chief administrative officer; Kent Blake, vice president of corporate planning and development, will be promoted to CFO; and Gerald Reynolds, vice president, general counsel and secretary for the Eastern Division of American Water in Lexington, will join the company as the new general counsel, chief compliance officer and corporate secretary.

Rives, who reports to Victor Staffieri, chairman, chief executive officer and president of LG&E and KU Energy, will be responsible for Information Technology; Supply Chain; Human Resources and all areas reporting to the new general counsel.

Reynolds, who will report to Rives, will oversee the operations of the company’s Legal Department, Communications, External Affairs, State Regulation and Rates, Federal Regulation and Policy, Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs, Compliance and Ethics, and Environmental Affairs.

As CFO, Blake will serve as the company’s principal financial and accounting officer and report directly to Staffieri. All of the financial areas currently reporting to Rives will report to Blake.

Above left: Gerald Reynolds. Right: Kent Blake

“While we hate to lose John, we couldn’t be happier for him. In the last 18 years, John has helped lead this company through some of its greatest challenges. He has played a critical role in serving as a major resource to my predecessor and me. We have counted on John to protect the company from unreasonable risks; to help ensure a culture of integrity and ethical behavior; and to project in the community a reputation for community leadership and compassion. His expertise and outstanding leadership will be greatly missed by all of us at LG&E and KU. We wish him, and his wife, Sara, the very best,” said Staffieri. “John’s departure is made easier only by the confidence I have in Brad, Kent and Jerry in their new roles as well as the expertise of the other members of our leadership team.”

McCall joined LG&E in July 1994 as general counsel and EVP. His responsibilities expanded over the years to include, in addition to Legal, Human Resources, Environmental Affairs, Communications, State Regulation and Rates, Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs, Compliance and Ethics, External Affairs and Federal Regulation and Policy.

In the community, where he plans to continue to be active, he has served as chair of the board of Metro United Way, chair of the board of Citizens for Better Judges and is currently chair-elect of the board of Hosparus. He has served on the board and as chair of many committees for: Family & Children’s Place, Louisville Collegiate School, University of Louisville Board of Overseers, Cardiovascular Innovations Institute, Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Housing Partnership, the Louisville Forum, Kentucky Wood Floors and others. He also is a member of the Kentucky Judicial Nominating Commission for the 30th Circuit and has served on the U.S. District Court Nominating Commission for Magistrates.
Rives joined the company in 1983, as assistant manager, Tax Accounting. Since that time, he has held a variety of positions with the company, including assistant treasurer; associate general counsel; senior vice president, Finance and Business Development; and senior vice president, Finance and Controller before being promoted to his present position.

Prior to his current role, Blake served as vice president — State Regulation and Rates. He previously held senior management roles in the areas of Corporate Accounting, Trading Controls, and Business Development, where he directed activity involving mergers, acquisitions and dispositions for the company. Blake also previously held leadership positions in trading operations and information technology with Mirant Corporation in Atlanta.

Reynolds received his law degree from the Boston University School of Law. He comes to LG&E and KU with significant experience in leadership roles within the energy and utility industry and the federal government.

In his most recent role as vice president, general counsel and secretary for the Eastern Division of American Water in Lexington, Reynolds managed the legal affairs for regulated corporate affiliates in nine states, including Kentucky. Prior to American Water, Reynolds spent nine years in a leadership role at Kansas City Power & Light Company in Kansas City, Mo. Before leaving the company, Reynolds managed the law department and advised on corporate affairs and regulatory issues.

In 2003, Attorney General John Ashcroft appointed Reynolds to serve as deputy associate attorney general in the United States Department of Justice. Prior to that appointment Reynolds served as the assistant secretary for Civil Rights for the United States Department of Education. In this role, Reynolds managed one of the largest civil rights regulatory agencies in the federal government and directed more than 700 employees.

Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company, part of the PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) family of companies, are regulated utilities that serve a total of 1.2 million customers and have consistently ranked among the best companies for customer service in the United States. LG&E serves 321,000 natural gas and 397,000 electric customers in Louisville and 16 surrounding counties. Kentucky Utilities serves 546,000 customers in 77 Kentucky counties and five counties in Virginia. More information is available at www.lge-ku.com and www.pplweb.com.