Executive & Senior Leadership

The executive and senior leadership team at Otter Tail Corporation is united by a shared commitment to hard work, reliability and integrity. The following profiles outline each leader's organizational responsibilities and extended experience. Otter Tail's management works cohesively to ensure organizational strategies are effective and goals are consistently achieved.

Chuck MacFarlane, President and Chief Executive Officer
Kevin Moug, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President
George Koeck, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Timothy J. Rogelstad, Senior Vice President, Electric Platform; President, Otter Tail Power Company
John Abbott, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing Platform; President, Varistar
Paul Knutson, Vice President, Human Resources
Cris M. Oehler, Vice President, Corporate Communication

Chuck MacFarlane

Chuck MacFarlane
President and Chief Executive Officer

On April 13, 2015, Chuck MacFarlane was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Otter Tail Corporation. As the company's highest-ranking executive, Chuck guides corporate strategy. He brings his wide-ranging management experience, insights into the corporation’s culture, appreciation for its diversified business model, and drive for results to the role.

For the year prior to this appointment, Chuck was the corporation’s president and chief operating officer. In this role, he advanced growth and profitability strategies at the corporation’s electric utility and manufacturing businesses under Varistar.

Until 2014 Chuck was president and chief executive officer of the corporation’s electric utility, Otter Tail Power Company, serving in those roles since 2003 and 2007 respectively. He served on Otter Tail Corporation’s executive team as Senior Vice President of its Electric Platform during that time. 

Chuck joined Otter Tail Power Company in 2001 as Director of Financial Analysis and Planning and was named Vice President of Finance and Business Planning in May 2002 and Interim President in August 2002. Previously he’d worked for Xcel Energy.

During his tenure with Otter Tail Power Company, the utility attained industry-leading customer satisfaction levels and safety records. Chuck transitioned the organization toward an increasingly balanced portfolio of power generation, moving early into cost-effective wind generation, and he secured significant transmission-expansion investments.

Chuck earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, and his master's degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. He also is a graduate of the Minnesota Executive Program at the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. He serves on Otter Tail Corporation’s Board of Directors.

Kevin Moug

Kevin Moug
Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President

In his role as Otter Tail's CFO, Kevin Moug oversees the financial functions and performance for the corporation and its operating companies. He also directs the corporate services for treasury, accounting, tax and external reporting, investor relations, financial planning, information technology, sourcing, internal audit and business risk management and acquisition evaluations.

Before joining the corporation in 1996, Moug was the chief financial officer with Advance Dental Management, where he managed the banking, treasury, purchasing, human resources and corporate accounting functions of 22 dental offices, a dental laboratory, real estate properties and a dental insurance plan.

From 1981 to 1993, he worked at Deloitte & Touche, specializing in business planning, SEC reporting, mergers and acquisitions, and equity financing. His audit clients included manufacturing, distribution and software companies.

A certified public accountant, Kevin earned his BSBA degree in Accounting at the University of North Dakota and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is an active community volunteer and is on the following Boards: Advisory Board for U.S. Bank in Fargo, North Dakota; West Region Board of Directors for Essentia Health; Audit Committee for Essentia Health; The University of North Dakota Advisory Board for the College of Business and Public Administration; and The University of North Dakota Advisory Board for the College of Accountancy.

George Koeck

George Koeck
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

George Koeck brings an extensive legal background and practical business experience to the Otter Tail Corporation leadership team. In his role as general counsel and corporate secretary, George ensures that the corporation and operating companies are fully compliant with laws and regulations, legal risk is managed and difficult legal decisions are made responsibly.

George earned his Juris Doctorate with distinction from the University of North Dakota. He also received a bachelor's degree in history from the University of Texas, and a master's degree in education from the University of St. Thomas. He is a member of the North Dakota and Minnesota State Bar Associations and a member of the American Bar Association. He also previously served five years as an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law.

Prior to joining Otter Tail Corporation, George was a partner in Dorsey and Whitney, LLP, practicing in the area of labor and employment law. His previous experience also includes serving as a law clerk to the Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota and as associate counsel for General Mills.

Timothy Rogelstad

Timothy J. Rogelstad
Senior Vice President, Electric Platform; President, Otter Tail Power Company

As leader of the Electric Platform, Tim Rogelstad is accountable for the operation of Otter Tail Corporation's largest and foundational business, Otter Tail Power Company. He brings extensive utility experience to manage that company at high levels of reliability and customer satisfaction. Based in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, the electric utility serves customers across 70,000 square miles of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Tim joined Otter Tail Power Company in 1989 as an Engineer in the System Engineering Department and has served as Supervisor of Transmission Planning and Manager of Delivery Planning. In December 2012 he was named Vice President, Asset Management, and was the executive in charge of delivery planning, delivery maintenance, delivery engineering, system operations, and project management. He was named president in April 2014.

A native of Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, Tim earned his bachelor of science degree in electrical and electronics engineering in 1989 from North Dakota State University. He also is a graduate of the University of Idaho’s Utility Executive Course. He's a Registered Professional Engineer in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Professionally, Tim has participated in numerous industry boards and working groups. His community involvement includes Rotary, Young Life, and Sunday school, and he actively supports youth and high school basketball.

John Abbott

John Abbott
Senior Vice President, Manufacturing Platform; President, Varistar

John Abbott became President of Varistar, the entity that provides operational and talent support for Otter Tail Corporation’s manufacturing portfolio, in February 2015. He also serves as the corporation’s Manufacturing Platform Senior Vice President. As President of the Varistar group of companies, he partners with the corporation’s senior management team and the manufacturing company presidents and staff to drive sustainable and profitable growth and, above all, to provide a safe and productive work environment for employees while delighting customers.

Prior to joining Otter Tail Corporation John was with Standex International as an officer and president of a group of restaurant equipment companies. He has more than 30 years of strong sales, marketing, and operating experience and more than 15 years in president or group president roles in manufacturing-based companies, including acquisition and integration experience.

A native of the Minneapolis, Minnesota, area, he earned his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota and his master’s degree in business administration from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.

With a passion for supporting people with special needs, John is a board member of an organization called Lifeworks that serves individuals with developmental needs.

Paul Knutson

Paul Knutson
Vice President, Human Resources

Paul Knutson oversees the human resource functions at Otter Tail Corporation, joining the company in September 2012. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring the organization attracts, develops and retains the talent needed to drive success. Paul has been an HR professional for over twenty years, and has an extensive background in building HR teams and strategies, and developing the overall human capital of business organizations. He comes to us directly from the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where he led Strategic Staffing, Compensation and Human Resource Information Technology. In addition to running his own Human Resource consulting business for several years, Paul had a long career at Oriental Trading Company, where he last served as Vice President of Human Resources, Corporate Communications, and Facilities. Paul also served as Senior Vice President for Human Resources and Organizational Development at Pamida, Inc., now part of Shopko.

Paul has a B.A. in Psychology from Concordia College in Moorhead MN, and an M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Nebraska, Omaha.

Cris Oehler

Cris M. Oehler
Vice President, Corporate Communication

In her role as Vice President, Corporate Communications, Cris Oehler is accountable for Otter Tail Corporation’s external and internal communications, including media relations.

Since 1994 Cris has been providing communication support for complex projects with multiple audiences for Otter Tail Power Company, an Otter Tail Corporation subsidiary. In 2014 she began serving a dual role as Vice President of Corporate Communications for the corporation as well as Vice President of Public Relations for the power company.

Cris earned her bachelor of science degree in English and education from Minnesota State University Moorhead, graduating summa cum laude, and later earned her master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. She was an educator in the Fergus Falls, Minnesota, public school system before joining Otter Tail Power Company as a senior communications specialist. She became supervisor, manager and, in 2002, director of the power company’s public relations function.