Chairman of the Board, President & CEO
Ben Fowke is chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Xcel Energy. He previously served as president and chief operating officer (COO) with responsibility for overall corporate operations as well as Xcel Energy's four operating companies, which do business in eight states.
Prior to being named president and COO in 2009, Fowke held a variety of executive positions at the company, including vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) and vice president and CFO of Energy Markets, where he was responsible for the financial operations of the company's commodities trading and marketing business unit. Prior to the 2000 merger of Northern States Power Co. and New Century Energies (NCE) to form Xcel Energy, he was a vice president in the NCE Retail business unit.
Currently he serves on the board of directors of the Edison Electric Institute, Electric Power Research Institute, Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, Nuclear Energy Institute, Energy Insurance Mutual, the Minnesota Orchestral Association and the Minnesota Business Partnership. He also serves on the advisory board of the Metropolitan Economic Development Association.