BELLEVUE — As part of its ongoing succession planning effort, the board of directors of Puget Sound Energy has named Mary E. Kipp, currently president & CEO of El Paso Electric, as president of the state’s largest utility company, reporting to CEO Kimberly Harris.

It is anticipated that Kipp will assume the additional role of CEO upon Harris’ retirement in January 2020.

“In Mary, we have found a uniquely qualified leader who brings deep industry experience and shares our commitments to customers, to clean energy, and to being a key part of the community,” said Scott Armstrong, PSE board member and chair of the board’s search process.

Kipp has been with EPE since 2007, holding roles throughout the company including regulatory and rates, risk management, human resources, external affairs, customer care, environmental and safety, before becoming president and CEO in 2014-15. Prior to that, she was a prosecuting attorney for FERC for four years, investigating and prosecuting violations of federal energy laws. Kipp also worked as a lawyer at El Paso Natural Gas Company and at Greenberg Traurig, LLP.