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Barbara Sugg Named CEO for Southwest Power Pool


Barbara Sugg

Barbara Sugg will be taking over as the new chief executive officer and president of Southwest Power Pool in 2020.

Currently SPP’s senior vice president of information technology and chief security officer, Sugg will be replacing current CEO and president Nick Brown, who has served in the role since 2003. Brown announced his intention to retire in July 2019.

The SPP board has reportedly conducted a national search and selection process for the CEO role. Russell Reynolds Associates, a management consulting firm, was enlisted to identify and vet candidates for the role. The candidates were then interviewed by a selection committee, and the top finalists were interviewed by the full board, with Sugg emerging as the unanimous choice.

“We are excited to welcome Barbara to lead the SPP organization. On behalf of the board and selection committee, I’m proud we were able to choose from among a slate of world-class candidates. The board believes Barbara is well-suited to continue to strengthen SPP’s foundational attributes while recognizing the need and opportunity to improve our efficiency and effectiveness. She is equipped to develop, build and strengthen the relationships that are increasingly critical to the sustained success of our organization, and particularly those with our members and regulators. We look forward to seeing Barbara lead the organization in establishing itself as the premier RTO in providing comprehensive value in a rapidly changing and increasingly uncertain industry landscape,” Larry Altenbaumer, chair of SPP’s board of directors, said in a statement.

As CEO, Sugg will be overseeing SPP’s expansion of its Western Energy Services offering and the implementation of market enhancements.

“I am both honored and humbled to have been selected by SPP’s board of directors and have enjoyed working closely with them for nearly two decades. I look forward to serving in this role and engaging with the SPP board, our diverse stakeholder community and our amazing employees in Little Rock. SPP’s long-term success is my highest priority,” said Sugg.

She joined SPP as a senior IT specialist in 1997 and became a part of the management team in 1999. Sugg was named vice president of information technology in 2010 and chief security officer in 2016.

Sugg obtained a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.

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