Barbara Sugg Named CEO of Southwest Power Pool

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Southwest Power Pool’s board of directors announced Wednesday that it had unanimously selected Barbara Sugg, senior vice president of information technology and chief security officer, as its new president and CEO, effective later this year.

Sugg will replace Nick Brown, who announced plans in July to retire in 2020.

“The board believes Barbara is well-suited to continue to strengthen SPP’s foundational attributes while recognizing the need and opportunity to improve our efficiency and effectiveness,” Larry Altenbaumer, chair of SPP’s board of directors, said in a news release. “She is equipped to develop, build and strengthen the relationships that are increasingly critical to the sustained success of our organization, and particularly those with our members and regulators.”

She joined SPP in 1997 as a senior IT specialist. She has been a member of the SPP management team since 1999 and became vice president of information technology in 2010 and chief security officer in 2016.

“I am both honored and humbled to have been selected by SPP’s board of directors and have enjoyed working closely with them for nearly two decades,” Sugg said. “I look forward to serving in this role and engaging with the SPP board, our diverse stakeholder community and our amazing employees in Little Rock. SPP’s long-term success is my highest priority.”

The board said it will work with Sugg and Brown over the next few weeks to develop a transition plan.

Brown joined Southwest Power Pool as an engineer in 1985. He was named president and CEO in 2003.