The El Paso Electric (EPE) Board of Directors has appointed George A. Williams to serve as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer effective October 5. In that position, Williams will oversee the generation as well as the transmission and distribution operations for El Paso Electric. David Stevens, EPE Chief Executive Officer said, “We’re also very pleased that George will be joining the El Paso Electric team. His extensive experience in the electric utility industry will be an asset to EPE as we plan for the future and its challenges.”
Williams has 25 years of experience in the electric utility industry. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President of Operations for Commonwealth Edison (ComEd), a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation. His responsibilities at ComEd included the overall coordination of operations of the electrical transmission and distribution system, distribution maintenance and construction, new business, work management and outage and emergency response. Before joining ComEd, Williams served as Vice President of Operations at Energy Nuclear South, as General Manager of Nuclear Assurance for PPL Susquehanna, as General Manager of Plant Operations for the Southern Region of Progress Energy Company, and as Director of Corporate Planning and Analysis at PECO Energy Company.
Williams received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Widener University and a master of business administration degree from Saint Joseph’s University. He has completed the Wharton’s Executive Development Program at the University of Pennsylvania, the Leadership Development Program at the Center for Creative Leadership and Harvard University’s program for senior executives.
Williams is an active board member in several civic and professional organizations including the American Association of Blacks in Energy, the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies, the Executive Leadership Council, and Underwriters Laboratory.