Most Admired CEO honoree: Arlen Orchard of SMUD

We’re introducing you to our Most Admired CEOs. Arlen Orchard is a Distinguished Career honoree.

Arlen Orchard has spent nearly 30 years turning a locally owned electric company into what might be called a utility player for the Sacramento community.

Orchard’s last day as CEO of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District will be Oct. 31. On his watch, SMUD has grown to be the sixth largest community-owned electric service provider in the country — but more to the point, for him, is that the…


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