16 October 2002 – US energy group Dynegy Inc. today announced that it is implementing a restructuring plan, which will include exiting the marketing, and trading business in which it was at one time a major player. The change in strategy has resulted in President and Chief Operating Officer Steve Bergstrom deciding to resign and withdraw his name for the vacant chief executive officer position.
Dynegy said the changes were designed to improve operational efficiencies and performance across its lines of business. The firm admitted that it would result in significant job losses. In a marked shift, Dynegy will adopt a decentralized business structure consisting of a streamlined corporate centre and operating units in power generation, natural gas liquids, regulated energy delivery and communications.
“The objective of the restructuring is to maximize the potential and profitability of our existing operating divisions by requiring each business unit to develop its own strategy while being responsible for its performance and delivering value to our stakeholders,” said Dan Dienstbier, chairman and interim chief executive officer of Dynegy Inc. “This new structure allows our divisions to leverage their unique strengths in operations, customer relationships and leadership, while the corporate centre will be responsible for enabling, monitoring and measuring success and administering the appropriate financial and regulatory controls,” he added.
Steve Bergstrom said, “I fully support the steps leadership is taking to address current market conditions and position the company for the future. The new organizational direction is the right course for Dynegy to take to maximize value to all stakeholders and to capitalize on its talent pool and excellence in operational performance.”
The company’s operating divisions are Dynegy Generation, Dynegy Midstream Services, Illinois Power and Dynegy Global Communications. Each division chief executive officer will report to Dynegy’s new chief executive officer, whom the company expects to name within the next few weeks. The business units are as follows:
Dynegy Generation owns and operates approximately 17500 MW of US and international generating capacity. Alec Dreyer, president of the company’s generation business since 2000, will serve as chief executive officer of this unit. Dynegy Generation will continue to focus on optimizing the company’s owned and controlled generation assets and on the production and delivery of wholesale power.
Dynegy Midstream Services (DMS) ranks as one of North America’s largest natural gas liquids marketers. Steve Furbacher, president of DMS since 1996, will serve as chief executive officer. DMS will continue to pursue business opportunities in areas related to its North American midstream liquids processing and marketing business and global natural gas liquids marketing and transportation operations.
Dynegy’s regulated utility, Illinois Power (IP), continues its focus on safe, reliable delivery of electricity and natural gas to its 650 000 customers across a 15 000-square-mile area of Illinois. Larry Altenbaumer, IP’s president since 1999, will serve as chief executive officer of this unit.
The company’s communications division, Dynegy Global Communications (DGC), owns and operates a 16 000-route-mile, optically switched mesh network reaching 44 U.S. cities.
Dynegy continues to pursue opportunities intended to reduce its financial exposure in this business. DGC continues operations to meet current customer commitments and obligations. Ken Snyder, DGC’s current president, will serve as chief executive officer.
Dynegy’s corporate centre will provide governance, policy, reporting and control support to the operating divisions. Corporate centre leadership includes: Dan Dienstbier, chairman and interim chief executive officer; Ken Randolph, executive vice president and general counsel; Hugh Tarpley, executive vice president, corporate development; Mike Mott, senior vice president and chief accounting officer; and Louis Dorey, executive vice president, finance. Blake Young has been named executive vice president, technology and administration. Formerly president of Global Technology, Young will add internal audit, risk management, corporate communications, human resources and corporate shared services to his functional areas of responsibility.
Dynegy intends to exit the marketing and trading business over the next several months. The company will make appropriate arrangements with respect to its longer-term contractual obligations, including retaining personnel and risk management capabilities and continuing capacity to support its customer commitments. Matt Schatzman, currently president of commercial operations, will manage the exit in the United States and Canada and Mike Flinn, currently president of Dynegy Europe, will manage the exit in Europe. The decision to exit this business is expected to reduce the company’s collateral requirements and overall corporate expenses.
As a result of its organizational restructuring and exit from marketing and trading, the company will undergo a significant work force reduction. The exact timing, areas affected and number of employees impacted will be announced in the near future.
Dynegy Inc. owns operating divisions engaged in power generation, natural gas liquids, regulated energy delivery and communications. Through these business units, the company serves customers by delivering value-added solutions to meet their energy and communications needs.