RAPID CITY, S.D. – Jan. 30, 2017 – Black Hills Corp. (NYSE: BKH) today announced that Robert A. Myers, senior vice president and chief human resources officer, will retire on April 1. Effective Feb. 1, Jennifer C. Landis, the company’s vice president of human resources, was appointed senior vice president and chief human resources officer, reporting to David R. Emery, chairman and CEO. Myers will provide transition support until his retirement to ensure a smooth succession.
Myers joined Black Hills in 2008 during a period of transformational growth for the company. Using his more than 36 years of human resources leadership experience with Fortune 500 companies, Myers helped Black Hills build the organizational capacity necessary to successfully complete numerous acquisitions including Aquila in 2008 and SourceGas in 2016. He provided invaluable insights to senior management and the board of directors as Black Hills grew into a regional energy provider, which today serves more than 1.2 million natural gas and electric customers in nearly 800 communities across eight states.
“For nearly a decade, we turned to Bob to prepare, develop and evolve our organization and foster a great place to work for our nearly 2,900 employees,” said David Emery, chairman and CEO of Black Hills Corp. “Throughout, he was a key organizational architect, ensuring we have the people, tools and focus needed to make the most of our talent, allowing them to continue delivering valued service to our customers. Bob has been a dynamic leader and valued partner to all of us. We will miss him and wish him all the best.”
In Landis’s new role as senior vice president and chief human resources officer, she assumes responsibility for the company’s human resource strategies, including organizational development, benefits, workforce planning and employee relations.
Last year, Landis was promoted to vice president of human resources, with responsibility for the corporate and field human resources teams and the talent management function. Landis held positions of increasing responsibility throughout her 15 years with Black Hills, beginning her career in information technology and transitioning to human resources in 2008. Landis holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Management from National American University and a Master’s Degree in Global Human Resources Development from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign.
“Jennifer has proven herself to be a dynamic, skilled and energetic human resources leader,” said Emery. “She played a critical role in the successful integration of our workforce as we’ve grown, including recent acquisition and integration efforts. We look forward to her building on our success in creating a great place for our employees to work.”