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MAGMA POWER CO. NAMES NEW BOARD MEMBER

 SAN DIEGO, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Magma Power Co. (NASDAQ: MGMA) today announced that its board of directors has elected John D. Roach a director of the company. Roach will fill a board seat vacated by Arnold L. Johnson, who resigned from the board in December 1993.
 Roach, 50, is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Fibreboard Corp., a leading building products company based in Walnut Creek, Calif. Previously, Roach was with Manville Corp. from 1987 to 1991, where he served as executive vice president and president of the Fiberglass Group, Specialty Products Group and, most recently, the Mining and Minerals Group. He formerly held the position of senior vice president and chief financial officer.
 Prior to joining Manville, Roach specialized in strategic management consulting where he served as managing director of Braxton Associates, Western Operations, from 1983 to 1987. He also has held executive level strategy consulting positions with Booz, Allen & Hamilton and the Boston Consulting Group. He began his business career in 1967 with Northrop Corp. where he held management positions in management information systems, financial accounting, planning and acquisitions and new venture management. Roach received his Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford University and his Bachelor of Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
 Commenting on Roach's election, Magma Chairman Paul M. Pankratz stated, "We are especially pleased and fortunate to have an individual of John's caliber added to our board. His broad business experience and strategic management background make him ideally suited to contribute to Magma's future."
 Magma operates seven geothermal power plants in Southern California on geothermal leaseholds and fee interests held by the company and holds additional geothermal leasehold and fee interests in other parts of California and Nevada.
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