Source: Puget Sound Energy, July 1, 2019.
As part of its ongoing succession planning efforts, the board of directors of Puget Sound Energy has named Mary E. Kipp, currently president & CEO of El Paso Electric, as president of the state’s largest utility company, reporting to CEO Kimberly Harris. It is anticipated that Kipp will assume the additional role of CEO upon Harris’ retirement in January 2020.
“In Mary, we have found a uniquely qualified leader who brings deep industry experience and shares our commitments to customers, to clean energy, and to being a key part of the community,” said Scott Armstrong, PSE board member and chair of the board’s search process.
“For almost 150 years, PSE has served communities across Western Washington,” said Steve Hooper, PSE chairman of the board. “As we look to the future, we are thrilled to have Mary join PSE and build on all of the transformative work over the past decade by Kimberly and the team at PSE.”
“It’s been such a tremendous honor to lead the team of 3,200 employees at PSE,” said Harris, who has been at the helm for nearly 10 years. “I’ve loved each and every moment. And I’m so excited to welcome Mary to the region and the team. She embodies our vision and values and will be an incredible asset to the team and to the customers and communities we serve.”
“PSE is at the center of one of the most dynamic regions in the world,” said Kipp. “It’s the opportunity of a lifetime to be able to join the team and lead their efforts to serve such an amazing area, to be part of their transition to a clean energy future, and to ensure PSE is our customers’ trusted energy partner. I look forward to continuing the wonderful work done by Kimberly and her team.”