Kimberly Harris, president of Puget Sound Energy (PSE), has been named CEO of the company by its board of directors. Harris, who has been with PSE since 1999, succeeds Steve Reynolds, who retired after heading the utility since 2002.
As CEO, Harris joins chairman of the board Bill Ayer, who is also chairman, president and CEO of Alaska Air Group, and Herbert Simon, a University of Washington regent and member of Tacoma investment firm Johnson Simon LLC, as local members of Bellevue, Wash.-based PSE's board of directors.
Harris joined PSE as associate general counsel in 1999. Prior to being named president of PSE in June 2010, Harris served as executive vice president and chief resource officer beginning in 2007. In this role, she led the operation of the company's wind power facilities.
She also guided development of the company's Lower Snake River Wind Project, currently under construction near Pomeroy, Garfield County, which will add to the utility's renewable energy resources in Washington when it enters service in 2012.
Harris was also responsible for the utility's residential and business energy efficiency services, with her 12-year career with PSE encompassing project development, contract management and government relations. She has served as senior vice president of regulatory policy and energy efficiency, vice president of regulatory and government affairs, associate general counsel and director of Load Resource Strategies.
SOURCE: Puget Sound Energy