Joann Ornelas-Bauer has been appointed regional director-Operations for the Northeast Region of PPL Electric Utilities, where she will be responsible for the design, construction, maintenance and reliable performance of the electric delivery system in parts of Lackawanna, Wayne, Pike and Monroe counties, including the Scranton, Stroudsburg and Honesdale areas. This area has about 200,000 PPL Electric Utilities customers.

Ornelas-Bauer succeeds Joseph M. Compierchio of Scranton, who was recently named director of emergency preparedness for PPL Electric Utilities. She has 20 years of experience in government and industry, including management positions of increasing responsibility at Exelon Corp. of Chicago, one of the nation’s largest energy companies, with about 5.4 million customers in Pennsylvania and Illinois.

She holds a master’s degree in business administration from Pepperdine University in California and a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of California at Davis.