KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City-based Alternative Energy Sources Inc. has appointed John A. Ward as executive vice president and director of operations.

Also named to the executive management team, Ward will be responsible for site selection, permitting, design and engineering of ethanol plants to be built in Iowa, Illinois and other locations. He will oversee the construction process for each plant and develop a management team to supervise day-to-day plant operations and ensure peak performance.

In addition, he will evaluate international investment opportunities for AENS in developing alternative and renewable energy supplies.

After joining Archer Daniels Midland in 1990, Ward assumed increasing levels of responsibility as a plant manager, divisional manufacturing vice president of fermentation products and, most recently, as vice president and director of group operations.

For the past five years, Ward managed all manufacturing and engineering functions of the corn-processing and the bio-products divisions at ADM, the nation's No. 1 corn-processing and ethanol producer.

"John Ward is one of a select few individuals in the world who has such a broad operations background in processing corn and bio-products," stated Mark Beemer, AENS president and CEO. "With his experience in managing a total of 16 corn and bio-products plants with over 2,000 employees, he brings to Alternative Energy a critical mass of expertise for managing our operations both domestically and globally."

In August AENS announced plans to build ethanol plants in Central Iowa and in Kankakee, Ill.

Alternative Energy Sources Inc. was formed June 12, 2006, and is engaged in the development of "greenfield" sites, including constructing, owning and operating fuel-grade ethanol plants. Mark Beemer, CEO, and Lee Blank, COO, are former executives of Archer Daniels Midland Co who have experience in agricultural processing, grain trading, railroad negotiations, logistical economics and acquisitions. John J. Holland, executive vice president and chief financial officer, is a CPA and former CEO of Butler Manufacturing Co.

SOURCE: Alternative Energy Sources Inc. via PR Newswire.