Spent 35 years with company
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 5, 2016) – George Siemens, LG&E and KU Energy’s vice president of External Affairs, today announced plans to retire Jan. 20, 2017, after 35 years with the company. David Freibert, LG&E and KU director of External Affairs, has been named as his replacement.
Siemens joined LG&E in 1982 as director of External Affairs after serving in the state legislature as well as the private sector. Prior to joining the company he was the assistant director of Associated General Contractors of Louisville, assistant director of the Building and Housing Inspection Department for the City of Louisville, the state director of the Commonwealth of Kentucky Department of Labor, a member of the Commonwealth of Kentucky House of Representatives, a practicing attorney at Gittleman, Charney & Barber and director of Community Affairs for the Jefferson County Public Schools system.
During his tenure at LG&E and KU, Siemens helped the company through four mergers, worked with nine different political administrations and handled numerous pieces of legislation. He was named to his current role in 2000.
Freibert joined KU in 1993 as manager of External and Brand Communications and was promoted in 1997 to KU’s director of Corporate Communications. After the KU merger with LG&E, he was named manager of External and Brand Communications, before being named to his current role in 2003.
Prior to joining LG&E and KU, Freibert worked in political campaigns and government including serving as the press officer for the governor of American Samoa and the communications director for congressman Newt Gingrich.
Freibert has served on a number of political and civic boards. Currently, he is the president of the Utilities State Government Organization, serves on the board and executive board of Commerce Lexington and as chair of the CLX Public Policy Council, and is a board member of the Lexington Partnership for Workforce Development. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from the University of the South.