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Bruce Williamson, 55 (2011)
Bruce A. Williamson became chairman, president and chief executive officer of Cleco Corporation in April 2014. Mr. Williamson served as president and chief executive officer of Cleco Corporation from July 2011 to April 2014. Mr. Williamson develops and directs the company's strategic focus, provides a reliable service to customers, creates relationships with the company's local communities and offers meaningful career opportunities for employees. Since Mr. Williamson joined Cleco, the company has raised shareholder dividends five times for a total increase of 60 percent. In his first year as CEO, Mr. Williamson finalized the largest wholesale contract ever for Cleco Power LLC by securing a 10-year contract with Dixie Electric Membership Corporation or also known as DEMCO, one of the largest electric cooperatives in the state located in suburban Baton Rouge. In December 2013, Cleco also transitioned into Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) market, providing additional growth opportunities. Under his direction, Cleco transitioned to a fully-integrated utility business model and developed a proactive environmental strategy for its generation fleet. Operationally, the company has improved its employee safety record by 20 percent and avoidable accidents by 40 percent, comparing results from 2013 to 2012, an additional increase from 2011 to 2012 when the company reduced personal injuries by 33 percent and avoidable accidents by 45 percent.
Prior to Cleco, Mr. Williamson served as chairman, president and chief executive officer of Dynegy from 2004 to 2011 and president and chief executive officer from 2002 to 2004. Prior to his time with Dynegy, Mr. Williamson led the negotiations to merge PanEnergy with Duke Power, creating Duke Energy Corporation. Following the Duke-PanEnergy merger, Mr. Williamson became president and chief executive officer of Duke International, Duke Energy Global Markets and other unregulated Duke business units from 1997-2002. Mr. Williamson was responsible for all globally priced commodity businesses, international businesses and engineering and services business of the unregulated businesses of Duke Energy. Prior to Duke, he joined Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Company in 1995, later known as PanEnergy, advancing to senior vice president of finance and corporate development. Mr. Williamson began his career in 1981 with Shell Oil Company, where he worked in a variety of positions across exploration and production, finance and other corporate functions in the United States and internationally in the middle-east.
Mr. Williamson serves as a member of the board of directors for Questar Corporation and for Southcross Energy. He is on the University of Houston Dean's Advisory Board. Mr. Williamson earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston and an undergraduate degree from the University of Montana. He has been married for almost 30 years to his wife Kim and has two daughters.