Puget Energy and its utility subsidiary, Puget Sound Energy (PSE), have elected Eric M. Markell to executive vice president and chief financial officer, Bertrand A. Valdman to executive vice president and chief operating officer, and Kimberly J. Harris to executive vice president and chief resource officer.
‘We are making a strong leadership team even stronger,’ says Stephen P. Reynolds, chairman, president and chief executive officer. ‘These three outstanding and versatile executives are proven leaders with a clear vision of doing what's best for the company and our customers.’
Markell succeeds Valdman as chief financial officer for Puget Energy and PSE, and will oversee regulatory policy for PSE. Markell most recently was senior vice president of energy resources, responsible for identifying PSE's requirements for new energy supplies, acquiring the resources for both short- and long-term customer needs as well as managing ongoing operations of energy facilities and contracts.
As chief operating officer, a new position for PSE, Valdman will be responsible for the management of PSE's regulated electric and natural gas distribution operations. He will also oversee the customer service, information technology, major account and community affairs functions of the company.
Harris will head the energy resources, energy efficiency services and federal government relations functions. She will have responsibility for power plant operations, gas supply and energy portfolio management.