December 10, 2020: The US utility Evergy has appointed David Campbell as CEO and president effective January 4, the firm said on December 8. Outgoing Terry Bassham, who announced his retirement in August, will remain in post until Campbell takes over.
Evergy is a fairly new company, having been formed in 2018 when local energy providers KCP&L and Westar Energy merged. It has about 1.6 million customers.
Campbell has a lot of experience in the energy and utility sector, with 15 years in senior leadership positions. His most recent post was as executive vice president and CFO with Vistra Corporation, a multi-state power generator and provider headquartered in Texas with around 5 million customers.
Before Vistra, Campbell was CEO of Luminant, a large power generator in Texas.
Campbell joins Evergy four months after it announced its five-year Sustainability Transformation Plan, which aims to reduce costs for its customers with better grid reliability and security and accelerate the company’s transition to clean energy.
“I join Evergy with a shared drive and commitment to provide customers with clean, affordable, reliable and secure energy to power their lives, while driving sustainable, superior value for shareholders,” said Campbell.