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  • exjaded exjaded Aug 20, 2008 10:01 AM Flag

    Open Letter to Northwestern Employees

    Greetings to my friends:
    It doesn’t seem like that long ago that we sat together listening to the new CEO (Merle Lewis) explain his vision for the future of Northwestern. It was a time of “deregulation” and there were many new challenges, unknowns, and questions to be answered. But we knew that we had the very best employees and we were up to the challenge of whatever came along. However, when Art Donnell (with 25 years of Utility Management experience) was forced out and replaced by Mike Hansen, many of us began to wonder if the leadership of the company was as good as the people that actually kept the lights on. As time went on, the answer to that question became quite obvious. The last 10 years at Northwestern were probably a bit more challenging than any of us could have envisioned way back then. Even for those of us that watched from the outside, it was most traumatic. To watch a good company implode from greed and bad management is bad enough, but when you know the good people, the pain and personal financial loss that resulted, it was most difficult.
    But every sunset has a sunrise. You now have a solid board of directors that is capable, experienced and involved. After 9 long years…… I am once again a stockholder in Northwestern. I believe in the future of this company because I know the people who make it work. Most of all I am please that the company now has another chance to be the great company that it once was. The new CEO is widely regarded for his experience and most importantly, for his integrity (something that has been in short supply for some time). In reality though, he really can’t make Northwestern a great company again. Only YOU can.
    Seize this opportunity. Ask yourself “What can I do to make this a great company?” Then, go to work tomorrow and take back what was stolen from you. Wherever I am, there will always still be a part of Northwestern in me. My prayers will always be with you.


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