While most of us advocate energy efficiency and sustainability, it comes with a price tag. For one thing, links in the energy value chain such as production, delivery, and retail, are all facing their own challenges related to an aging workforce, infrastructure, and technology. Additionally, the competitive pressures that are driving down costs, may force suppliers to cut corners. How can IT across the energy value chain, work to prevent an implosion?
David Harkness, VP and Chief Information Officer, XCEL Energy, Inc.
David Harkness is Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Xcel Energy, responsible for all information technology operations and governance, and cyber security functions, and the company’s business continuity program. David jo... More View all posts
David Harkness is Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Xcel Energy, responsible for all information technology operations and governance, and cyber security functions, and the company’s business continuity program. David joined Xcel Energy in 2009 from PNM Resources, where he was Vice President and Chief Information Officer. David hs held a number of key leadership positions within PNM Resources, including Executive Director of Business Transformation, Executive Director BPO First Choice Power and executive aide to the PNM Resources CEO. Prior to PNM Resources, David held a variety of IT management roles for MCI, McLeodUSA and Rockwell International. While in New Mexico he was appointed by Governor Richardson to serve on the New Mexico Information Technology Commission to establish/manage IT Strategy for the state of New Mexico. Additionally, he is active in Junior Achievement, youth sports, and has served as Chairman of the Board for the College Success Network, a non-profit focused on improving the access of post-secondary education to New Mexican youth. Less View all posts
Pablo A. Vegas, VP and Chief Information Officer, American Electric Power (AEP)
Pablo A. Vegas is vice president and chief information officer for American Electric Power. From 2008 to 2010, he was president and chief operating officer for AEP Texas, overseeing distribution operations serving more than 900,000 AEP cust... More View all posts
Pablo A. Vegas is vice president and chief information officer for American Electric Power. From 2008 to 2010, he was president and chief operating officer for AEP Texas, overseeing distribution operations serving more than 900,000 AEP customers in central and north Texas as well as the operating unit’s safety, customer services, marketing, communications, community affairs, governmental affairs, and regulatory functions. Prior to this, Vegas served as director of strategic planning, working cross functionally to formulate AEP’s short and long term strategic plans. Since joining AEP in 2005, Vegas has held leadership positions in Information Technology and Finance, leading both the Corporate IT Planning and Commercial Operations IT Planning organizations. In these roles, he focused on continual process improvements and driving increased value through AEP’s technology investments. Before joining AEP, Vegas held senior leadership positions with IBM, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Andersen Consulting. In his last position with IBM, as associate partner - communications sector, Vegas had responsibility for delivering process and technology solutions within the energy sector. Vegas has served on the Board of Directors of the United Way of the Coastal Bend, the Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corporation, the U.S.S. Lexington, the Association of Electric Companies in Texas, the Texas Taxpayers and Research Association and St. James Episcopal School. He has also served as Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Del Mar College Foundation. Less View all posts