PPL general counsel to retire

Dec 08, 2020
Joanne Raphael has been with the NYSE-listed utility for 35 years

Joanne Raphael, executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary with PPL Corporation, has announced her plan to retire on June 1, 2021, after a 35-year career with the Allentown, Pennsylvania-based company.

Raphael has been PPL’s general counsel and corporate secretary since June 1, 2015. Before that she held various roles within the legal department, including deputy general counsel.

She was appointed to lead PPL’s external affairs function in 1998 and during her time with the utility company has been responsible for federal and state government relations, corporate communications, environmental, real estate, community relations and economic development functions.

In addition to her work with the company, Raphael chairs the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley’s board of directors and is a director of the PPL Foundation.

The company said it will conduct an internal and external search to find a successor. Raphael will assist in the transition to a new general counsel.

‘On behalf of PPL’s board of directors and our entire leadership team at PPL, I want to thank Joanne for her outstanding service and commitment to PPL,’ Vincent Sorgi, PPL president and CEO, says in a statement.

‘Throughout her distinguished career, Joanne has consistently provided exceptional leadership and counsel, expertly guiding legal, policy and communications strategies as PPL has grown and our industry has changed. She has been a tireless champion of diversity within PPL, a role model and mentor for so many employees, and a leader in our communities. And at all times she has been someone who has served with passion and integrity in putting the best interests of our customers and shareowners first.’

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