UNION – Utility contractor Intren, one of McHenry County’s largest employers, has picked a new leader who brings more than two decades of experience in the energy industry to the job.
Intren announced Monday that Kelly Tomblin will take the reins from founder and CEO Loretta Rosenmayer starting July 10. Rosenmayer will become chairwoman of the Union-based company’s board.
Tomblin is the president and CEO of Jamaica Public Service Co. Ltd., the sole distributor of electricity for the island nation. It has more than 600,000 customers and about 1,700 employees. It is owned by Marubeni Corp. and the government of Jamaica. Tomblin previously served as vice president for GDF SUEZ/International Power, one of the world’s largest energy companies. She also was president of Pennsylvania Electric Co., according to a news release from Intren.
Rosenmayer founded what became Intren in 1988. Under her leadership, it has grown and diversified. The company employs 1,350 workers, a substantial increase from the 320 people it employed in the late 2000s. From 2012 to 2015 alone, the company's revenue increased nearly 66 percent, going from $182.4 million to $303.4 million, according to company figures. It most recently had revenue of $400 million, according to a news release. Kelly's goal is to make it a $1 billion company.
“This evolution comes at an extraordinary time for Intren,” Rosenmayer said. “Our momentum is strong, and our management team and employees have built an exceptional company that is one of the most trusted and respected in the industry. I’m confident Kelly is ideally positioned for her new role to continue our growth.”
Kelly, a coal miner’s daughter from West Virginia, was named the 2016 Platt’s Global Energy CEO of the Year, among other accomplishments, according to a news release.
“Intren would not be what it is today without Loretta’s vision, leadership and unwavering commitment to high standards and values,” Tomblin said in a statement. “I am honored to lead the Intren team and continue the progress evolving before me.”