BOISE — Idaho Power Company has hired Debra Leithauser as director of corporate communications and marketing.

“We are excited to have Debra join the Idaho Power team,” Darrel Anderson, president and CEO of IDACORP and Idaho Power, said in a statement. “She is a proven and transformative leader, active in community affairs, and dedicated to the quality of life in our great state.”

Leithauser joins Idaho Power following a successful career in the news industry, most recently serving as regional publisher for the McClatchy Company and president of the Idaho Statesman newspaper in Boise. Throughout her career, Leithauser has led news organizations across the United States from both the business and editorial perspectives.

“Like McClatchy, Idaho Power is a company that I respect and admire,” Leithauser said in a statement. “I’m excited for this wonderful opportunity to learn so much from another strong team while continuing to make a meaningful impact in our community.”

Leithauser officially joins Idaho Power on Dec. 29. She replaces Bill Shawver who retired from the company in October and co-founded a public relations firm — Atlas Communications. In her new role, Leithauser will be responsible for leading the regional utility’s communications, advertising, branding and marketing efforts.

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