Maassel Resigned From Forum, Going to IEA
September 19,2013 — The Northwest Indiana Forum says Mark Maassel has resigned to take a vice president position with the Indiana Energy Association.
Today, President and CEO of Citizens Energy Group and Chairman of the Indiana Energy Association (IEA) Board of Directors Carey Lykins announced the selection of Maassel as Vice President of the energy trade association on October 16, 2013.
The Association’s says its Board of Directors selected Maassel in a September 12 meeting after a year-long search to fill the position.
Forum Board Chair Jill E. Ritchie announced Maassel’s resignation from the Northwest Indiana Forum today. Maassel has served as President and CEO of the regional economic development organization for the last three years.
Ritchie said, “While we are sad to see Mark leave the Forum, the Board, members and staff wish him the best in his new position. We are forever grateful for his leadership and commitment to the organization and to Northwest Indiana. While some may say we are losing a leader, Northwest Indiana has a friend who can carry the positive message about our region throughout our state.”
The Forum says it will conduct business as usual filling the executive position, “The organizational mission and vision remains the same: to act as the regional voice for the business community and a catalyst for initiatives which promote economic development and create and retain quality jobs.”
Maassel said, “I have been and continue to be excited by the work of the Forum and the progress we have made. However in the time I have served, my passion for the gas and electric utility has not waned.”
“Though I will truly miss the dedicated group of business leaders, partners and staff here in Northwest Indiana, the unique opportunity presented itself and I look forward to tackling the various issues affecting the utility industry today.”
The Forum says its remaining plans for 2013 include hosting the President of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation and more than 25 site selectors in Chicago and a meeting involving key environmental leaders in Indiana government. It describes itself as, “the voice of business leadership and regional economic development organization serving Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Starke, Jasper, Newton and Pulaski Counties. With more than 120 members, the Forum works to create a positive business climate promoting investment and quality job creation while protecting the environment and critical components of a sustainable regional economy.”
Prior to his role as President and CEO of Northwest Indiana Forum, Maassel was President of Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) from October 2004 to January 2008, which made him a member of the board of IEA, who notes that he served as Of Counsel for the law firm of Krieg DeVault.
IEA President Ed Simcox said today, “Mark is ideally suited to help lead the public policy efforts of the association. Mark not only has executive experience with a large utility, but he also brings the perspective of a civil engineer and lawyer to the complex issues facing the energy industry.”
Maassel earned a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota and holds a Juris Doctorate with High Honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is licensed to practice law in both Indiana and Illinois. He and his wife, Chris, live in Valparaiso.