Mark A. Ruelle
Mr. Ruelle has served as a director and President of Westar Energy, Inc., the largest electric utility in Kansas, since May 2011 and as chief executive officer since August 2011. From 2003 to 2011, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Westar Energy and between 1997 and 2002 served in various executive positions at Sierra Pacific Resources, Inc., the owner of the largest electric utilities in Nevada. Mr. Ruelle is currently on the Board of Directors of Westar Energy. He currently serves as a director of the Edison Electric Institute, an association of shareholder owned electric companies, as a board member of GO Topeka Economic Development Partnership, and as a trustee for the Stormont-Vail Foundation, a non-profit organization, located in Kansas. Mr. Ruelle’s broad experience, including as chief executive and, previously, chief financial officer of Westar Energy, gives him an understanding of the managerial, operational and financial issues faced by a public company. His intimate knowledge of electric utility construction, operations and maintenance activities provides an exceptional understanding of an important segment of the Company’s end user market and valuable insights into customer needs and concerns.