MINNEAPOLIS--Xcel Energy Inc. (NYSE: XEL) today announced that Chairman, President and CEO Ben Fowke has been appointed to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) by President Barack Obama.
Established in 2001, the NIAC is charged to improve the cooperation and partnership between the public and private sectors. It advises governmental agencies on policies and strategies that range from risk assessment and management to information sharing to protective strategies and clarification on roles and responsibilities between government and industry.
“I am honored to represent the energy industry as part of the NIAC,” said Fowke. “These kinds of public-private partnerships are an important part of helping to mitigate potential risks to our industry and ensuring the integrity of our nation’s critical infrastructure.”
Fowke joined Xcel Energy’s predecessor company in 1997 and served in a variety of financial and operational leadership roles before being named CEO in 2011. He also serves on the board of directors of the Edison Electric Institute, Nuclear Energy Institute, Energy Insurance Mutual and Institute of Nuclear Power Operations. In the community, Fowke serves on the board of directors of the Minnesota Business Partnership and Greater MSP and is an advisory board member of the Metropolitan Economic Development Association.
Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) provides the energy that powers millions of homes and businesses across eight Western and Midwestern states. Headquartered in Minneapolis, the company is an industry leader in responsibly reducing carbon emissions and producing and delivering clean energy solutions from a variety of renewable sources at competitive prices. For more information, visit www.xcelenergy.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.