Mary E. Kipp
Mary E. Kipp was named president of PSE in August 2019 and CEO in January 2020. Under her direction, PSE is working toward an aspirational goal of being a Beyond Net Zero Carbon energy company by 2045, targeting reduction of its carbon emissions to net zero and going beyond that goal by helping other sectors to enable carbon reduction across the state of Washington.
Mary joined PSE from El Paso Electric (EPE), where she served as chief executive officer since 2015 and president since 2014. With EPE since 2007, Mary held a variety of leadership roles throughout the company, including General Counsel, regulatory and rates, risk management, human resources, external affairs, customer care, environmental and safety.
Prior to EPE, Mary was a prosecuting attorney for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for four years, investigating and prosecuting violations of federal energy laws. Mary also worked as a lawyer at El Paso Natural Gas Company and at Greenberg Traurig, LLP.
Mary is a member of the Board of Directors and the Sustainability and Audit Committees of Boston Properties. She is also a member of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of Hawaiian Electric Company. Mary serves as co-chair of the Edison Electric Institute’s Institute for Electric Innovation. She is a past Deputy Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, former chair of SEPA (Smart Electric Power Alliance) and former Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Alliance to Save Energy.
Mary received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College, a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Texas School of Law, and is an alumnus of Exeter College, Oxford University.
Aaron August is senior vice president, chief customer and transformation officer for Puget Sound Energy (PSE).
Aaron is responsible for overseeing our Customer Energy Management, Business Services, New Product Development, and Customer Solutions teams.
Prior to joining PSE in July 2023, Aaron served as vice president of Utility Partnerships and Innovation at Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). He was responsible for non-traditional utility partnerships, research and development, solutions management, load management, clean energy transportation and business development. Prior to that, he was responsible for the strategy, design, implementation, and effectiveness of PG&E's energy programs including energy efficiency, demand response, distributed generation, low income and clean transportation. He also had oversight over PG&E's account management team for small, mid-market, and large commercial business, and agriculture accounts, as well as business development and local customer experience programs, including wildfire customer engagement for Customer Care. Under his leadership at PG&E, his teams earned national recognition, including the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) National Key Accounts Team of the Year award, the MSI Business Customer Champion award, and the Chartwell Gold Customer Service Awards for small and mid-size business experience delivery.
Aaron earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, East Bay, and is a graduate of the Energy Executive Course at the University of Idaho and the Organizational Leadership Executive Program at Stanford University School of Business.
Kim Collier is vice president and chief human resources officer for Puget Sound Energy (PSE). Under her leadership, PSE is focused on talent retention and attraction, employee experience, and ensuring PSE has an inclusive culture and diverse workforce who can meet the needs of all of our customers.
Prior to joining PSE, Kim held executive roles inside and outside of the utility industry. From 2009 to 2016, she served as deputy director of Seattle Public Utilities, where she was the Officer responsible for human resources, environmental justice and service equity, safety and HR operations, and data management. Prior to that, she was director of human resources for Cox Communications in Phoenix, Arizona. She’s also held roles with The Dial Corporation, Motorola and Kinko’s, Inc.
Kim is chair of the board for the Puget Sound Energy Foundation and serves on the Advisory Board for the Energy Executive Course of the College of Business and Economics at the University of Idaho.
She also serves as a member of the African American Advisory Council for the Bellevue Police Department and as a Community Representative for the Independent Force Investigation Team of King County, WA.
Kim has a bachelor’s degree in business from The College of New Jersey. She is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the HR Certification Institute.
Kazi serves as the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Puget Sound Energy and its Washington-based parent company, Puget Energy.
He is responsible for leading the strategy and execution of financial areas of the company, including accounting and financial reporting, financial planning and analysis, tax, treasury, risk management and investor relations. Kazi also oversees resource acquisition to drive PSE’s clean energy transition.
Kazi is an energy industry leader with global experience in Asia, Europe and the United States. Prior to joining PSE in June 2021, Kazi served as chief financial officer of Cleco Corporate Holdings, LLC in Louisiana since 2018. Before that, Kazi worked with The AES Corporation for more than 20 years, where he held a number of executive roles including chief risk officer and vice president from 2014 to 2018. Kazi began his career in technology and business startup before transitioning to business and project development in the energy industry. He progressively assumed various business units, divisional and global executive leadership roles at AES, working in over 15 countries.
Kazi served as member of the boards of APR Energy and multiple public utilities in the US and Brazil. He earned a bachelor of engineering degree in electrical and electronics from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology; a master’s degree of business administration from Dhaka University; and an executive master’s degree from Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business. He is also a CFA® charter holder, CFA Institute and holds a FRM certification.
Josh is vice president of Clean Energy Strategy and Planning for Puget Sound Energy.
Under Josh’s direction, PSE is working toward its aspirational goal of being a Beyond Net Zero Carbon energy company by 2045. He’s responsible for PSE’s resource planning functions, system planning functions, transmission services, the implementation of programs to meet Washington’s Clean Energy Transformation Act, and PSE’s approach to the decarbonization of its natural gas delivery system.
Josh joined PSE in 1998 and has held many roles at the company, including customer service, procurement, energy supply, and grid operations. He most recently served as director of Generation and Transmission Development, where he was responsible for leading PSE’s development of company-owned generation and transmission assets and optimizing transmission capacity. Prior to that, he led PSE’s customer transformation initiative called Get to Zero, a multi-year effort focused on improving various aspects of PSE’s customer experience. Josh also served as the lead for PSE’s CAISO EIM implementation, directing both the technology and policy initiatives for PSE’s entrance into the market in 2016.
Josh is a graduate of Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Josh Kensok is vice president of Finance for Puget Sound Energy, responsible for financial planning in support of PSE’s clean energy transformation.
In his 10-plus years with PSE, Josh has led our financial planning and analysis functions and supported strategy and planning for PSE, serving as director of Financial Planning and Analysis from 2019 to 2023. In this role, Josh partnered with leadership teams across PSE, shareholder representatives, and PSE’s board of directors to help craft our long-term integrated financial strategy focused on becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and reaching our aspirational goal of being a Beyond Net Zero Carbon energy company by 2045. He also oversaw the company’s financial digital transformation.
Josh holds a certificate in Climate Change Economic Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, earned an MBA from Seattle University, and has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Western Washington University. Josh is actively involved in the community and currently serves on the Board of Hopelink, a King County nonprofit working to end poverty in our community.
Dan Koch is vice president of energy delivery at Puget Sound Energy, responsible for electric and natural gas operations, major projects, engineering, and construction management.
Dan is a mechanical engineer with over 30 years of experience in engineering, project and construction management, and utility management. Since joining PSE in 2010, Dan has led large and complex projects in power generation and transmission and delivery; been responsible for engineering and project delivery for both gas and electric operations; and overseen the 24/7 operations of PSE’s electric delivery system and control room operations. Prior to joining PSE, he worked in the oil and gas, offshore and marine sectors.
Dan is a licensed professional engineer in Washington and California and received his bachelor of science degree in mechnical engineering from the University of Washington.
Lorna Luebbe serves as senior vice president, chief sustainability officer and general counsel for PSE. She is responsible for PSE’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) efforts and progress toward PSE’s aspirational Beyond Net Zero Carbon goal. Lorna also handles complex litigation and other legal issues on behalf of PSE.
Lorna has 20 years of utility experience and has held multiple roles throughout her long tenure at PSE, most recently as assistant general counsel and director of PSE’s Environmental Services Department. Lorna has led the company on compliance, regulatory issues, environmental strategy, climate change policy and mitigation, energy infrastructure siting, permitting, due diligence, and dispute resolution matters with additional experience with real estate, energy, contracts, municipal and transactional legal work. Prior to joining PSE, Lorna worked as an environmental lawyer at Heller Ehrman, LLP, Marten and Brown. LLP, and Arcadis representing a variety of clients on environmental, energy, regulatory and compliance matters. Before her law career she worked as a hydrogeologist for an environmental engineering firm
Lorna received a Bachelor of Arts degree in both geology and economics from Cornell University and a Juris Doctor degree from Lewis & Clark Law School with a certificate in Environmental Natural Resources Law. She is an active member of the community, serving in various roles with youth, education and conservation.
Jon Piliaris is vice president of Regulatory Affairs for Puget Sound Energy (PSE).
Jon Piliaris is vice president of Regulatory Affairs for Puget Sound Energy (PSE). Jon has nearly 30 years of experience in utility ratemaking, regulatory strategy and policy development at the regional, state and federal levels. For the past five years, Jon has served as PSE’s director of Regulatory Affairs.
He has been instrumental in developing PSE’s regulatory strategy and working to incorporate PSE’s and the state’s commitments to clean energy and equity. He and his team played a key role in the successful outcome of our 2022 general rate case.
Jon’s work is essential to achieving our PSE 2030 goals and being our customers’ clean energy partner of choice.
Prior to joining PSE in 2008, Jon served as the managing director of Economic Analysis for EES Consulting and was the owner of Economic & Financial Strategies, LLC.
Jon earned a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Pacific Lutheran University.
Craig Pospisil is vice president of Business Development and Mergers & Acquisitions for Puget Sound Energy.
A renewable energy expert with more than 20 years of experience in business development, Craig leads PSE’s efforts to acquire utility-scale resources in line with our obligations under the state’s Clean Energy Transformation Act and PSE’s aspirational goal of being a Beyond Net Zero Carbon energy company by 2045.
Craig joined PSE in 2023 from Terra-Gen where he served as vice president, head of Wind Development since 2017. With experience in all major U.S. power markets, Craig has led efforts across the renewable project development cycle, from identifying and acquiring greenfield project sites, negotiating portfolio-level strategic partnerships, and managing technical and financial due diligence processes, to negotiating major equipment supply contracts, executing on project deliveries, and closing tax equity and debt financing agreements.
At Terra-Gen, in addition to his project development responsibilities, Craig led the company’s government and regulatory outreach efforts across technologies. Prior to joining Terra-Gen in 2016, Craig co-led NRG Energy’s utility-scale renewables business development activities. Craig joined NRG from Edison International, where he was responsible for renewable project origination, development, and acquisition for Edison Mission Energy. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Wichita State University.
Ron Roberts is vice president of energy supply for Puget Sound Energy. Ron is responsible for PSE’s generation and natural gas storage assets, generation and transmission development, and the energy supply merchant function. He also oversees Puget LNG, a subsidiary of Puget Energy. Prior to his current role, Ron served as PSE’s director of generation and natural gas storage.
Ron has worked in engineering, long range planning, construction management, environmental health and safety, and permitting in the mining, chemical and utility generation industries. He brings to PSE a strong focus on safety, excellent operational leadership skills, and a commitment to helping PSE become an even stronger clean energy provider of choice for our customers.
Ron graduated from the Colorado School of Mines with a BSc in Mining Engineering and a minor in Economics. He serves on the boards of the PSE Foundation and the Northwest Gas Association.
Wade Smith is executive vice president and chief operating officer for Puget Sound Energy.
Wade is responsible for all of PSE’s operational areas, including natural gas and electric operations and energy supply, serving approximately 1.2 million electric customers and 900,000 natural gas customers.
Wade has more than 30 years of operational experience. He joined PSE in July 2022 from Pacific Gas & Electric, where he served as senior vice president, Electric Operations, responsible for electric transmission and distribution operations and maintenance, as well as emergency preparedness and response efforts.
Prior to that, he held a number of leadership roles over the course of three decades at American Electric Power (AEP). That includes serving as senior vice president, Grid Development; president and chief operating officer for AEP Texas; vice president, Transmission Engineering and Project Services for AEP Service Corporation; and director, Gas Turbine and Joint Venture Operations for AEP Service Corporation, among other operations and engineering roles at the company.
Wade holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Texas Tech University and an MBA from Abilene Christian University. He graduated from The Executive Program at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and from the Reactor Technology Course for Utility Executives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is an active member of the community, serving on non-profit boards in the areas where he has lived.
Simon Upton serves as PSE’s chief information officer. He joined PSE in March 2023, bringing deep expertise leading IT and business operations in the highly regulated banking industry.
Simon is also a partner at Fortium Partners, a technology executive leadership firm. He joined Fortium after two years as chief operating officer and chief information officer at Solomon Partners, a boutique investment bank. Prior to that, he worked for 22 years at Credit Suisse, where he served in a variety of executive leadership roles, including chief operating officer, chief information officer and chief administrative officer of the Investment Bank. As a financial services professional, he is FINRA Series 7 and 24 registered.
Simon graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Computing and Informatics from the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom. He is active in the local community and currently serves as a board member of Cents Ability, a New York City-based nonprofit dedicated to educating and empowering high school students to achieve their goals through the prudent and informed management of their financial resources. He is a licensed private pilot with 20 years of flying experience. Simon also enjoys skiing, classic cars, cycling, and is an avid follower of Formula One racing.
Michelle Vargo is vice president of shared services for Puget Sound Energy (PSE).
Michelle has extensive experience in utility operations and will lead PSE teams responsible for Corporate Shared Services, Operations Support, and Operations Training, Procedures and Quality.
Michelle joined PSE in July 2023 from Seattle City Light, where she served as Chief Operating Officer responsible for all utility transmission, distribution and system operations functions. Prior to that, she held a number of leadership roles, including Deputy Operating Officer, and as a director in both Transmission and Distribution and Generation Operations and Engineering. Before joining Seattle City Light in 2013, Michelle worked in business development for the LNG industry and spent five years as an engineering officer in the United States Army.
Michelle is a licensed professional engineer with an MBA from The University of Chicago. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy and is a graduate of the Energy Executive Course at the University of Idaho.