Leadership

Puget Sound Energy's management team works closely with our board of directors to deliver your energy future.

Kimberly J. Harris Kimberly J. Harris

Kimberly J. Harris
President and CEO

Biography

Kimberly J. Harris is president and CEO of Washington-based Puget Sound Energy, a subsidiary of Puget Energy.

Named president in 2010 and chief executive in 2011, Harris is focused on providing PSE customers with safe, dependable and efficient energy service. In addition to emphasizing safety for PSE employees on the job, she is committed to helping our residential and business customers learn more about the safe use of natural gas and electricity and to working with local municipalities and community organizations to increase regional emergency preparedness.

Under her leadership, PSE is deploying new technologies that offer customers more choices for self-service and new ways to communicate with the company during storms and other events, as well as systems for more rapid utility response to power outages. In addition, Harris is keenly aware that customers in today's economy are concerned about managing their energy costs and on having more sources of clean, renewable energy.

Prior to becoming president and CEO, Harris served as PSE's chief resource officer, where she guided the expansion of the company's energy efficiency and wind power programs. Previously, she held positions in the company's regulatory and legal departments. Prior to joining PSE in 1999, Harris practiced law with Perkins Coie.

Harris serves in leadership roles for a number of industry associations, including the American Gas Association and the Washington Roundtable. She is a member of Governor Inslee's Carbon Emissions Reduction Task Force, the American Red Cross of King and Kitsap Counties, and the Governor's Opportunity Scholarship Board.

Harris has a bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University and a juris doctor degree from Arizona State University.

She is married with two grown children.



Philip K. Bussey Philip K. Bussey

Philip K. Bussey
Senior Vice President, Chief Customer Officer

Biography

Phil Bussey is senior vice president and chief customer officer for Puget Sound Energy, Washington state’s oldest local utility, which serves 1.1 million electric customers and more than 750,000 natural gas customers in 11 counties.

Bussey’s responsibilities include leadership of PSE’s customer solutions, corporate affairs, federal government relations and state government relations activities.

With more than 25 years experience in building and maintaining strong partnerships with community, government and consumer leaders, Bussey will be in charge of driving customer-focused strategies at PSE.

He joined PSE in March 2012 from the Seattle Metro Chamber where he served for three years as president and CEO of the regional business association that represents more than 2,200 companies throughout the Seattle metropolitan area. Previously, from 2003 to 2009, Bussey served at PSE as senior vice president of corporate affairs.

Prior to that, Bussey was president of the Washington Roundtable, a public policy and advocacy group composed of chief executive officers of major companies throughout the state.

He also has held communications and management positions with Rockwell International, Westinghouse Electric Corporation and the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA).

Bussey is involved with many business and community organizations, such as Leadership Tomorrow, The Trade Development Alliance and the Washington Aerospace Partnership. In addition, he serves on the boards of Group Health Foundation and the Boy Scouts of America Seattle Council.

Phil is a graduate of Brigham Young University. He and his wife Cathy live in Issaquah, Washington and have three children.



Daniel A. Doyle Daniel A. Doyle

Daniel A. Doyle
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Biography

Daniel A. Doyle is senior vice president and chief financial officer of Puget Sound Energy and Puget Energy.

He joined the company in November 2011. Doyle is responsible for leading the company’s financial planning and analysis activities. In his role, he oversees finance, treasury, process improvement, financial investment and accounting.

He has more than 30 years of experience in the utility and electric transmission industry. Prior to joining PSE, Doyle was CEO of Wisconsin Sports Development Corp., in Madison, Wisconsin. From 2000-2009, he served as vice president, CFO and treasurer of American Transmission Company, which owns and operates the high-voltage electric transmission system in portions of Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois. From 1992-2000, Doyle held several executive positions with Alliant Energy Corp., the Madison-based public utility holding company of electric and natural gas utilities. Earlier in his career he served as controller of Central Vermont Public Service Corp. and as a senior audit manager in the regulated industries division of Arthur Andersen in Chicago.

From 2007-2013, Doyle served on the board of trustees of MetLife Advisors and was the Audit Committee Chair from 2009-2012. He currently serves on the San Francisco Advisory Board of FM Global which provides insurance solutions and property loss prevention.

Doyle earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Michigan State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is also a licensed certified public accountant.

He is married and has 5 children.



Booga K. Gilbertson Booga K. Gilbertson

Booga K. Gilbertson
Vice President, Operations

Biography

As the vice president of Operations for Puget Sound Energy, Booga Gilbertson is responsible for electric and gas operations, including emergency response, maintenance and construction, electric and gas system operations and dispatch, and system planning. She also leads project management and engineering across operations.

Since joining PSE in 1985, Gilbertson has held a broad range of engineering, operations and management positions in planning, asset management, gas and electric design engineering, performance measurement, budgeting, project management, transmission and distribution construction and maintenance, 24-hour control center operations, labor relations, and emergency response management.

In addition to her responsibilities at PSE, Gilbertson serves on the board of directors of the Western Energy Institute and is on the executive committee of the University of Washington Electrical Engineering Industry Consortium.

Gilbertson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Washington and a Master of Business Administration degree from City University.

She enjoys skiing, hiking, running and gardening.



Margaret F. Hopkins Margaret F. Hopkins

Margaret F. Hopkins
Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Biography

As vice president and CIO, Margaret spearheads PSE’s information technology efforts and identifies and enables business process improvements. Prior to leading the company’s large-scale delivery programs, Margaret held the title of director of IT infrastructure at PSE where she was responsible for the design, delivery, support of enterprise-wide infrastructure, and technology solutions.

Margaret began her career at Philip Morris, holding down several technical and leadership positions. From there, her career grew into roles at The Chubb Corporation as AVP, infrastructure manager and at Safeco Insurance as vice president of IT operations, the latter of which she held an executive seat on the Leadership Committee.

Her involvement with Fortune 100 companies has helped support a reputation for building strong relationships with internal lines of business, a thorough understanding of information technology, constructive dialogue with external customers, and proven cost-reduction strategies. Within the company, Margaret believes developing individual career paths promotes a positive impact on the quality of the corporate culture. She has been executive mentor to the Executive Development Institute in Seattle’s Puget Sound region where she provided professional coaching and mentoring services to mid-senior level leaders. Always interested in giving back to the community, she is a founding member and officer of Saint Vincent de Paul, Woodinville chapter.

For recreation, Margaret enjoys spending time outside hiking, skiing, and playing volleyball. For more refined pursuits, she turns to the piano. She holds a degree from Penn State, graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. She is married with two sons.



Marla Mellies Marla Mellies

Marla D. Mellies
Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer

Biography

Marla D. Mellies is senior vice president and chief administrative officer for Puget Sound Energy.

Mellies leads a corporate shared services organization that includes human resources, facilities, safety, security, business continuity, and fleet services. Her area of responsibility also delivers all components of supply chain management at PSE, including purchasing, materials and contractor management.

Mellies serves as secretary to the PSE board of director's compensation and leadership development committee and as vice chair of the qualified plans committee.

Prior to joining PSE in 2005, Mellies was general manager of Human Resources for Microsoft Corporation’s Server and Tools Business in Redmond, Washington. She also held human resources vice president positions with Lante Corporation in Chicago, and 3Com Corporation. Mellies started her career at Central Illinois Light Company in Peoria, Illinois.

Mellies serves on the board of the Puget Sound Energy Foundation and is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Mellies earned her Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from Bradley University in Peoria; and a Master of Arts degree in labor and industrial relations from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.



David E. Mills David E. Mills

David E. Mills
Vice President, Energy Supply Operations

Biography

David Mills is vice president of Energy Supply Operations for Puget Sound Energy.

Mills leads a team that is responsible for managing energy trading and transmission services, including the load office and natural gas supply functions.

Mills joined PSE in 2002 as the director of Energy Supply & Planning, responsible for power and natural gas trading, generating plant dispatch, merchant transmission issues, and the company’s long-term integrated resource planning. His team also managed integrating renewable resources in to PSE’s generation portfolio.

Prior to joining PSE, Mills was the trading floor manager for the Bonneville Power Administration in Portland, Ore. He has more than 25 years experience in energy operations, transmission and energy trading. Mills is currently the vice chair of the Pacific Northwest Utilities Conference Committee and serves on the executive committee of Columbia Grid, the executive committee of the Western Systems Power Pool, and the board of directors for Hire America’s Heroes.

Mills earned a degree in economics from Portland State University. He also served in the U.S. Navy. Mills is married and resides in Bellevue.



Steve R. Secrist Steve R. Secrist

Steve R. Secrist
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Ethics &
Compliance Officer

Biography

Steve R. Secrist is senior vice president, general counsel, and chief ethics & compliance officer for Puget Sound Energy and its Washington-based parent company, Puget Energy.

With more than two decades of utility experience, Secrist is responsible for the corporate legal, compliance, claims and environmental services departments. He is an advisor to the board of directors and senior management on areas including corporate and securities law, business transactions, litigation, environmental, compliance, labor and employment, real estate, and general commercial law.

Secrist began his PSE career in 1989 when he joined PSE predecessor Washington Natural Gas as staff attorney. He was named General Counsel in January 2011. Prior to that, Secrist served as deputy general counsel and led several company departments, including rates and regulations and environmental services. Prior to joining PSE, he worked for Olson and Althauser, a Wash.-based law firm.

Secrist has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a juris doctor degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law, now a part of Seattle University.

He is married with three sons.



Jason Teller Jason Teller

Jason Teller
Vice President, Customer Solutions

Biography

Jason Teller is vice president, Customer Solutions for Puget Sound Energy.

He joined the company in July 2014. As the company’s senior most product development executive, Teller leads customer-focused strategic development of products and services, policies and programs.

He has more than 20 years of experience in new business development, strategic solution sales and customer engagement. Prior to joining PSE, Teller spent two years as director, Client Engagement at Intellectual Ventures, an invention-focused investment fund. There he was responsible for implementing sales strategies for new products, identifying market trends and opportunities and helping the company execute with both speed and agility.

From 2000-2012, Teller held a variety of positions at Cisco Systems. In his last role as global leader for Cisco Capital’s multi-billion dollar Services financing practice, he blended sales strategy and finance business models to support sustained growth. Prior to that he led sales teams aligned to Cisco’s largest U.S.-based west coast customers. In addition, Teller spent five years leading Cisco’s wholly-owned Canadian financing subsidiary based in Toronto.

Teller has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder, a Master of Business Administration (Strategy) from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Business Administration (Finance) from Columbia University.

He is married and has three children.



Andy Wappler Andy Wappler

Andy Wappler
Vice President, Corporate Affairs

Biography

Andy Wappler is vice president, Corporate Affairs for Puget Sound Energy.

As head of Corporate Affairs, Wappler leads the company’s communications, community affairs, energy efficiency and products and services teams. He also is the chairman and president of the Puget Sound Energy Foundation.

Wappler has a Master of Science degree in Journalism from the Medill School at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in English from the University of Washington.

He is married and has two children.



Paul Wiegand Paul Wiegand

Paul M. Wiegand
Senior Vice President, Energy Operations

Biography

Paul M. Wiegand is senior vice president, Energy Operations for Puget Sound Energy.

Wiegand directs PSE’s natural gas supply, transportation and storage activities, energy-trading operation, energy-supply contracts and electric-generation and transmission operations, including wind, thermal and hydro.

Wiegand joined PSE in 1977 and has held a number of key management positions in the areas of Power Generation, Project Development, Corporate Planning, Performance Measurement, Energy Risk Management, Strategic Planning, Information Technology, Corporate Projects, Customer Services, Internal Auditing, budgeting, reorganization and merger negotiations and integration. Most recently, he was senior vice president, Power Generation.

He is a member of the Executive Council of the Washington State University School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Junior Achievement of Washington, and serves on the boards of the Bellevue Boys and Girls Club, Central Washington Resource Energy Collaborative, the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, and the Puget Sound Energy Foundation. He is also a team leader and consultant for the Community Accountability Board of the King County Juvenile Court, and treasurer of the Bellevue Quality Schools committee.

Wiegand has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Washington State University, was a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Internal Auditor and completed the University of Washington Graduate School of Business Administration Management Program.

He is married and has two children.