CHICAGO: Utility company Exelon has a search underway for a new VP of corporate communications.
Don Kirchoffner, who has held that position for five years, plans to leave sometime next year after Exelon consummates a merger with PSEG, an East Coast utility company. The deal should be concluded by the second quarter of 2006.
Kirchoffner is serving as the co-head of a communications committee formed by the two companies to work on merger issues.
The Chicago-based company is using Heidrick & Struggles to find candidates to fill its top communications spot.
While unsure of his next move, Kirchoffner said he has no plans to retire.
?That word?s not in my vocabulary,? said the 60-year-old Kirchoffner.
Kirchoffner spent 26 years in the US Army, leaving as chief of media relations for public affairs. He oversaw public affairs in Saudi Arabia and other parts of the Middle East when the Gulf War hit.
At Exelon, he dealt with issues related to nuclear power and nuclear plant safety after 9/11, and managed communications for a 2000 merger with PECO Energy, a Pennsylvania utility company.