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Puget Sound Energy names Kimberly Harris as new CEO; utility president has served since 1999

Post by C.R. Roberts / The News Tribune on Feb. 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
February 28, 2011 2:58 pm

Beginning March 1, Kimberly Harris will become chief executive officer of Puget Sound Energy.

Currently president of the Bellevue-based utility, Harris, 46, was named to the position by the board of directors, according to a release today. She has been with PSE since 1999, and succeeds Steve Reynolds, who retired after heading the utility since 2002.

As CEO, Harris joins local board members Bill Ayer, chairman, who is also chairman, president and chief executive officer of Alaska Air Group; and Herb Simon, University of Washington regent and member of Tacoma investment firm Johnson Simon LLC.

“My focus will be on finding ways the many emerging technologies and innovations in energy can help us improve service and reliability for our customers while also helping to preserve the Puget Sound area,” Harris stated.

She joined PSE as associate general counsel in 1999. Before being named president last June, she served as executive vice president and chief resource officer.

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