Benjamin G.S. Fowke, III
Retired Chairman of Xcel Energy
Director since: 2022
Retired chairman of the board of directors of Xcel Energy Inc., a utility holding company (Xcel) (August 2011-December 2021) and retired chief executive officer of Xcel (August 2011 – August 2021). Mr. Fowke served as president of Xcel (August 2011 – March 2020), chief operating officer of Xcel (August 2009- August 2011) and chief financial officer of Xcel (October 2003 – August 2009). Mr. Fowke also served as chief executive officer of Xcel’s utility subsidiaries Northern States Power Company, Public Service Company of Colorado and Southwestern Public Service Co. (January 2015 – August 2021).
Mr. Fowke’s qualifications to serve on the Board include his executive experience in the regulated electric and gas utility industry and his experience as a public company director. Having served as a chief financial officer, he has a strong background in finance, financial reporting and shareholder outreach. Mr. Fowke also has experience in environmental issues, operations and the energy business. His extensive experience in the utility industry provides valuable insight into the risks we face and provides unique insight into effective management of those risks to deliver strong results over the long term. His involvement in the utility industry also provides significant expertise on regulatory and policy issues that are central to our business.