Fortis Announces Appointment of Chief Operating Officer

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Nov 25, 2019

Barry Perry, President and Chief Executive Officer of Fortis announced the appointment of David Hutchens as Chief Operating Officer, Fortis, effective January 1, 2020.

In this newly created role, David’s responsibilities will broaden to include operational oversight of the Corporation’s ten utilities across Canada, the United States and the Caribbean. The announcement comes as the Corporation implements its largest ever capital program to strengthen its energy networks and deliver cleaner energy. 

David will focus on a range of priorities including safety, operational excellence, customer service, sustainability and inclusion to ensure Fortis utilities are at the forefront of industry trends and customer expectations. He will also continue as Chief Executive Officer of UNS Energy  in Arizona. Formerly, Mr. Hutchens held the position of Executive Vice President, Western Utility Operations with Fortis. 

Biography-David G. Hutchens

Mr. Hutchens was appointed Executive Vice President, Western Utility Operations with Fortis in January 2018. In this role, Mr. Hutchens continued as President & CEO of UNS Energy and provided oversight to FortisBC and FortisAlberta operations.  He has been with UNS Energy for 24 years, advancing through various management positions overseeing wholesale energy trading and marketing, and energy efficiency and resource planning.

Mr. Hutchens assumed the position of President and CEO, UNS Energy in May 2014. He earned a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Arizona and is a former nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. Mr. Hutchens joined the Board of Directors of UNS Energy in December 2013, the FortisBC Board of Directors in January 2015, and the FortisAlberta Board of Directors in July 2016. He is a member of the Edison Electric Institute’s Board of Directors, the Western Energy Institute Board of Directors and a number of other charity and civic organizations.

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