Maria Jenks, Vice President, Supply Chain, KCP&L
Maria R. Jenks joined KCP&L in 2003 as manager of Corporate Accounting, bringing with her several years of finance and accounting experience and knowledge of the energy industry.
In 2006, Ms. Jenks became director of Audit Services and, subsequently, chief internal auditor. She was named vice president of Supply Chain in January 2010. In this position, Ms. Jenks facilitates enterprisewide supply chain operational efficiencies, collaboration and cost savings. She leads the materials management function, which includes warehousing, asset recovery and materials control, and the procurement function, which includes sourcing and category management, supplier diversity and the supplier relationship and warranty programs.
Her accomplishments include launching a comprehensive, multi-year Supply Chain Transformation project to enhance the company’s cost structure and shareholder returns, and expanding Light Source, a mentoring program that nurtures emerging minority and women-owned businesses. She is a founding member of the KCP&L Employee Relief Fund (REACH), which supports employees who have experienced unforeseen financial difficulties, and a founder and past president of KCP&L's Women Inspired to Learn & Lead employee resource group.
Ms. Jenks is a certified public accountant with more than 20 years of experience in corporate finance and accounting. She began her career with Continental Illinois National Bank and then spent several years in the retail sector with Payless Cashways Inc. In 1996, Ms. Jenks joined Trigen Energy Corporation and shortly thereafter she was promoted to vice president controller for the Western Region.
Ms. Jenks is board member and treasurer of SAFEHOME, a domestic violence shelter and resource for women and children. She also serves on the board of directors of the Central Exchange, Mid-America Minority Supplier Development Council and Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City. In 2011, Ms. Jenks was honored as a Kansas City Woman Who Means Business. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accountancy with a minor in decision sciences from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she graduated summa cum laude.