SOURCE: The Empire District Electric Company

The Empire District Electric Company

February 03, 2011 16:28 ET

The Empire District Electric Company Announces Change to Its Board of Directors

JOPLIN, MO--(Marketwire - February 3, 2011) - (NYSE: EDE) Mr. D. Randy Laney, chairman of the board of directors for The Empire District Electric Company, today announced that Mr. Brad Beecher, Empire executive vice president, has been elected to the position of president and CEO, effective June 1, 2011. Mr. Beecher also has been nominated to stand for election to the board of directors at the Company's annual meeting of stockholders on April 28, 2011. 

As previously announced, Mr. Tom Olmacher, Denver, Colorado, has been nominated to fill the seat being vacated by retiring director, Mr. Bill Helton. Standing for re-election are Mr. Ken Allen, Dallas, Texas, and Mr. Bill Gipson, retiring president and CEO, The Empire District Electric Company,

Mr. Beecher, 45 with 21 years of service, joined Empire District in 1988 as a staff engineer at the Riverton Power Plant. He held various positions including director of production planning and administration and director of strategic planning. From August 1999 to February 2001, Mr. Beecher worked for Black & Veatch, an engineering and construction firm in Kansas City. He returned to Empire in February 2001, was elected vice president - energy supply in April 2001, vice president and chief operating officer - electric in June 2006, executive vice president and chief operating officer - electric in February 2010, and executive vice president in February 2011.

A native of northwest Kansas, Mr. Beecher graduated from Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Kansas.

Mr. Beecher serves on the boards of the Joplin Business and Industrial Development Corporation (JBIDC), the Boys and Girls Club of Southwest Missouri, and the Kiwanis Club of Joplin. He is a graduate of Leadership Missouri.

Based in Joplin, Missouri, The Empire District Electric Company (NYSE: EDE) is an investor-owned utility providing electric, natural gas (through its wholly owned subsidiary The Empire District Gas Company), and water service, with approximately 215,000 customers in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. A subsidiary of the Company also provides fiber optic services. For more information regarding Empire, visit

Certain matters discussed in this press release are "forward-looking statements" intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements address future plans, objectives, expectations, and events or conditions concerning various matters. Actual results in each case could differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements, by reason of the factors noted in our filings with the SEC, including the most recent Form 10-K and 10-Q. 

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