PPL hires next general counsel

Apr 01, 2021
Wendy Stark joining utility company from Pepco Holdings

Allentown, Pennsylvania-based PPL Corporation has hired Wendy Stark as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, effective April 12.

Stark will succeed Joanne Raphael, who will become executive vice president and chief legal officer until she retires on June 1. Raphael, who has had a 35-year career with the utility company, announced her retirement last December. She 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.

Stark is joining PPL from Pepco Holdings, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, where she was senior vice president for legal and regulatory strategy and also general counsel. She was Pepco’s deputy general counsel from 2012 to 2016. In her new role, she will lead PPL’s legal department and oversee the company’s ethics and compliance program.

Stark began her legal career in labor and employment law, representing clients at Calfee Halter & Griswold and later at Baker & Hostetler. She joined FirstEnergy Corporation’s legal team in 2002 as an attorney and spent 10 years with the company, the last seven of which as associate general counsel.

‘Wendy’s significant experience in leading legal teams, her extensive background in regulatory matters, and her deep knowledge of our industry make her a great addition to PPL as we best position the company to create long-term value for all stakeholders [from here on],’ PPL president and CEO Vincent Sorgi says in a statement.

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