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William S. Ayer
William S. Ayer
Biography

Bill Ayer, chairman of Alaska Air Group, the parent company of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, serves as chairman of the boards of Puget Sound Energy and Puget Energy.

He began his career at Alaska Air Group more than 25 years ago. Ayer was appointed a director of Puget Energy and Puget Sound Energy in January 2005. He also serves on the boards of the Museum of Flight and Angel Flight West, and serves on the University of Washington Business School Advisory Board.

Andrew Chapman
Andrew Chapman
Biography

Andrew Chapman, Senior Managing Director in the Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, joined the boards of Puget Sound Energy and Puget Energy in 2009.

Prior to joining Macquarie in 2006, Chapman held executive positions with American Water, the National Association of Water Companies and was chief financial officer and president of Elizabethtown Water Company, a NYSE-listed water utility. He is a chairman of the boards of Duquesne Light Company and Aquarion. He served as interim CEO of Duquesne Light Company in 2010. He is now the interim CEO of Marena Renovables, a 396 MW wind farm in development in Oaxaca, Mexico, and the largest such project in Latin America.

Melanie Dressel
Melanie J. Dressel
Biography

Melanie Dressel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tacoma-based Columbia Bank and its parent company, Columbia Banking System, Inc., serves on the boards of Puget Sound Energy and Puget Energy.

At Columbia Bank, Dressel is responsible for more than 100 branches in Washington and Oregon. She has more than 35 years experience as a banking executive in the Pacific Northwest. Dressel also serves on the boards of the Washington Bankers Association, Washington Sate Historical Society, the Council for a Greater Tacoma, ArtsFund and Washington Roundtable, among other civic, charitable and business organizations.

Daniel Fetter
Daniel Fetter
Biography

Daniel Fetter, senior principal, private infrastructure of Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB), joined the boards of Puget Energy and Puget Sound Energy in 2012.

Prior to joining CPPIB in 2006, Fetter worked as a senior consultant at TELUS focusing on business turnarounds and corporate restructuring and, prior to that, he was a management consultant at the Boston Consulting group in Toronto.

Kimberly J. Harris
Kimberly J. Harris
Biography

Kimberly J. Harris, president and CEO of Puget Sound Energy, is a member of the boards of Puget Sound Energy and Puget Energy.

Harris began her career at PSE in 1999 and was named president in 2010 and chief executive in 2011. She is focused on providing PSE customers with safe, dependable and efficient energy service. Harris serves on the Washington Clean Energy Leadership Council, the Washington State Energy Strategy Advisory Committee, and the Governor’s Opportunity Scholarship Board. She is a member of the board of directors of the American Red Cross of King and Kitsap counties.

Benjamin Hawkins
Benjamin Hawkins
Biography

Benjamin Hawkins, Director of Infrastructure and Timber Investments for Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) serves on the boards of Puget Sound Energy and Puget Energy.

Prior to joining AIMCo in 2007, Hawkins worked for EPCOR Utilities and EPCOR Power Development Corporation for seven years where he was involved in all commercial aspects of the development of new-build power generation projects and the acquisition of more than 20 power facilities in the US and Canada. His roles included Senior Manager of Commercial Operations and Senior Manager of Analytics. Hawkins holds an MBA from the University of Alberta and he is also a CFA Charter holder.

Alan W. James
Alan W. James
Biography

Alan James, senior managing director of New York-based Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc., serves on the boards of Puget Sound Energy and Puget Energy.

With expertise in regulated utilities and the energy sector, James has extensive experience in financing. Prior to joining Macquarie in 2005, James held executive positions with Citigroup, Deutsche Bank and Exxon Mobil. He has successfully led more than $25 billion of transactions in the past 10 years, principally in the energy sector.

Christopher J. Leslie
Christopher J. Leslie
Biography

Chris Leslie, Senior Managing Director of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets’ U.S.-based private infrastructure funds and Chief Executive Officer of MIP Inc, joined the boards of Puget Sound Energy and Puget Energy in 2009.

Leslie has 20 years of experience in infrastructure and his background includes the development and acquisition of natural gas pipelines, natural gas and electric utilities and distribution systems, toll roads, airports, heliports, fixed-base operations, water and wastewater systems, airport car parks, cell phone towers and power generation assets. Leslie, based in New York, has helped expand Macquarie’s infrastructure business in the United States. Under Leslie’s leadership, Macquarie has led a number of significant North American transactions in the utility sector.







David MacMillan
Biography

David MacMillan, an independent director of Viridian Group Ltd., an energy company based in Ireland, joined the boards of Puget Energy and Puget Sound Energy in 2012.

An energy executive with more than 25 years experience in project finance, MacMillan has served as managing director and senior advisor to Good Energies Capital (now named Bregal Energy), a New York-based private equity fund focused on the North American energy sector. MacMillan also has served as a non-executive director of Ontario Power Generation and Intergen. He currently serves on the board of Potentia Solar, a Toronto-based independent solar-power producer.

Mary O. McWilliams
Mary O. McWilliams
Biography

Mary McWilliams, executive director of Puget Sound Health Alliance, a nationally recognized health care community collaborative based in Seattle, serves on the boards of Puget Sound Energy and Puget Energy.

Recognized as a top leader in the regional business industry, McWilliams has more than 25 years of experience as President/CEO of health plans in the Pacific Northwest. She also serves on the boards of the Seattle branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the Safe Crossings Foundation.

Drew Murphy
Drew Murphy
Biography

Drew Murphy, senior managing director of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, Inc. (MIRA), joined the boards of Puget Energy and Puget Sound Energy in 2013.

Prior to joining MIRA, Murphy held several executive positions with NRG Energy, a New Jersey-based Fortune 300 energy company. At NRG, he served as an Executive Vice President and as President of NRG’s Northeast region and general counsel. Murphy also serves on the boards of directors of the American Council on Renewable Energy and the Regional Plan Association.

Herbert B. Simon
Herbert B. Simon
Biography

Herbert Simon, member since 1985 of Simon Johnson LLC and its predecessor company, a real estate and venture capital projects investment company located in Tacoma, Wash., has served as a director of Puget Sound Energy since March 2006. Simon also serves as a regent of the University of Washington.

Chris Trumpy
Chris Trumpy
Biography

Chris Trumpy, chair of Pacific Carbon Trust and former chair of the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation and Land and Water BC, is a member of the boards of Puget Sound Energy and Puget Energy.

With more than 30 years of experience in public service, Trumpy’s background includes developing Crown Corporation governance frameworks, work on compensation disclosure and performance measures, and identifying solutions to long-standing fiscal and policy problems, including carbon emissions. Based in British Columbia, Trumpy is a certified general accountant.