Press release from Business Wire
APS President and COO Don Robinson Passes Away
Thursday, April 04, 2013
APS President and COO Don Robinson Passes Away16:33 EDT Thursday, April 04, 2013
PHOENIX (Business Wire) -- Donald Robinson, President and Chief Operating Officer of APS, passed away this morning after a long battle with cancer. He was 59 years old.
Donald Robinson, President and Chief Operating Officer of APS, passed away Thursday morning, April 4, 2013, after a long battle with cancer. (Photo: Business Wire)
Robinson, a beloved and widely respected figure throughout the company and Arizona, worked for APS for more than 34 years, rising to the position of President and Chief Operating Officer in 2009. Prior to that promotion, he contributed to the company's success in the areas of regulatory, resource planning and risk management.
APS Chairman and CEO Don Brandt was still coming to grips with Robinson's loss early this morning.
“Don was a true gentleman and a real friend,” Brandt said. “This is a tough day for everyone who knew and loved Don.”
Brandt added that Robinson's contributions will have a long-lasting impact on the company and its employees.
“There have been few – maybe none – who have known our business and our state like Don,” Brandt said. “He had an incredible sense of what was best for our customers and our business, but was even better at relating to, and empathizing with, our employees.”
An Arizona native, Robinson's intellect and skills also were prized in the community. He served on the boards of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Herberger Theater, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the Fellowship for Senior Living and the Phoenix Police Reserve Foundation.
"Don was a very special person, and he touched and improved the lives of so many," said Scott Finical, Assistant Police Chief, Phoenix Police Department. "He was so generous and gracious. He will be missed greatly by all of us and those with the police department."
His community efforts earned him several honors including Scottsdale Leadership's Corporate Leadership Award, and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce's Transformational Leader Award (See the tribute video produced for this award ceremony here.)
Robinson is survived by his wife Chloe, his children Vera and James, and two grandchildren.
Services will be held at 4 p.m. local time, Wednesday, April 10, at Bethany Bible Church, 6060 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix, Ariz., 85013. In lieu of flowers, the Robinson family is requesting that donations be made to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes or the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).
APS, Arizona's largest and longest-serving electricity utility, serves more than 1.1 million customers in 11 of the state's 15 counties. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).
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