• Terry Bassham

    Terry Bassham
    Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Great Plains Energy and KCP&L
    Terry Bassham is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Great Plains Energy and KCP&L. He was appointed to these roles in June 2012.

    Previously, Mr. Bassham served as KCP&L's executive vice president of finance & strategic development and chief financial officer. In his strategy role, Mr. Bassham was instrumental in leading KCP&L through its Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP). The CEP was an innovative and collaborative approach that resulted in a transformative plan that positioned KCP&L to meet the region’s current and future energy needs. The CEP included a strategy to build additional fossil fuel capacity, while developing a cleaner, more sustainable generation portfolio through renewable energy investments, environmental retrofits at several power plants and energy efficiency programs.
     
    Before joining KCP&L in March 2005, Mr. Bassham was executive vice president, chief financial officer and chief administrative officer for El Paso Electric Company (EPE) in Texas, where he oversaw the financial, treasury, and regulatory and administrative functions. He joined EPE in 1996 as general counsel with responsibility for legislative affairs, regulatory affairs and corporate governance.
     
    Active in the Kansas City area community, Mr. Bassham serves on several boards, including Commerce Bancshares Inc., the Urban Neighborhood Initiative, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, the Civic Council of Greater Kansas City, the Linda Hall Library and the winlwin Board for the advancement of women in business.

    Mr. Bassham holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Texas-Arlington and a Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary’s University Law School in San Antonio, Texas.

    • Kevin Bryant

      Kevin Bryant
      Senior Vice President, Finance and Strategy and Chief Financial Officer, Great Plains Energy and KCP&L
      As senior vice president - Finance and Strategy and Chief Financial Officer, Kevin Bryant is responsible for finance, accounting, investor relations, corporate strategy and risk management. In addition, he leads the company's efforts to evaluate and pursue business opportunities that are complementary to the core business.

      Since joining KCP&L in 2003, Mr. Bryant has held a number of positions that have drawn on his strategic insight and finance/marketing experience. Prior to his current position, Mr. Bryant served as vice president of Strategic Planning, president of KLT and vice president of Investor Relations and Treasurer.

      Additional positions have included senior financial analyst; manager, Corporate Finance; vice president, Energy Solutions; and vice president, Strategy and Risk Management. In this role, Mr. Bryant supported the development of KCP&L’s strategic plan and led several resource planning initiatives, including the pursuit of new wind resource capacity in western Kansas. As vice president, Energy Solutions, he collaborated with customers on innovative energy solutions and developed several popular e-service and customer programs, including demand side and energy efficiency initiatives.

      Mr. Bryant has extensive experience in strategic planning and financial areas, including analysis, cash management, financial models and mergers and acquisitions. While at THQ Inc., a California-based worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software, Mr. Bryant served as manager, Strategic Planning, where he was responsible for identifying corporate goals and developing the company’s three-year plan. As a corporate finance analyst for what is now UBS, Mr. Bryant worked on mergers and acquisitions for medium- and large-sized companies. He also worked at Hallmark Cards as a financial analyst.

      A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, Mr. Bryant has dual majors in finance and real estate. He received a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in finance and marketing from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

      Mr. Bryant serves on the board of directors of Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City, an organization that works to lead youth down a path to success by ensuring they have the skills needed to pursue a career.

      • Heather Humphrey

        Heather Humphrey
        Senior Vice President, Corporate Services and General Counsel, Great Plains Energy and KCP&L
        Heather Humphrey, Senior Vice President, Corporate Services and General Counsel, leads KCP&L’s Legal, Regulatory, Human Resources, Safety, Security, Facilities, Business Continuity, and Supply Chain divisions.

        Before joining KCP&L in 2007, Ms. Humphrey was a partner with Shughart Thomson & Kilroy in Kansas City, Mo., where she practiced business and employment litigation for more than 11 years. While in private practice, Ms. Humphrey spent several years as hiring partner and served on the firm’s strategic planning committee. Prior to that, she was a law clerk for the Honorable W. Duane Benton at the Missouri Supreme Court.

        Ms. Humphrey graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in business administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She received her J.D. from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Mo., and M.B.A. from the Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is licensed in Missouri and Kansas and admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Missouri and District of Kansas.

        Ms. Humphrey serves on the board of directors for The Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired and is on the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art Business Council. She is a 2005 graduate of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions Leadership Program and co-chairs the Mayor’s Commission on Summer Youth Employment.

        • Duane Anstaett

          Duane Anstaett
          Vice President, Generation, KCP&L
          As vice president of Generation, Duane Anstaett leads KCP&L's generation organization, including generation strategy and engineering; plant operations and maintenance; wholesale marketing and trading; plant dispatching; and long-term resource planning.
                                   
          He has three decades of experience in the electric industry, encompassing engineering, construction, system operations, reliability programs, contract management, and the customer service contact center and meter to cash processes.

          During his KCP&L career, Mr. Anstaett has held numerous positions, including vice president of Delivery; Distribution engineer; Reliability Programs & Standards Engineering supervisor; Distribution System Operations manager; Contract Management manager; and Resource Management director.

          He also spent five years at PAR Electric, where he served as senior vice president, operations, for the eastern half of the United States, and a little over one year as Utility Services manager for Black & McDonald.

          A registered professional engineer in Missouri, Mr. Anstaett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri - Kansas City and a Master of Science degree in engineering management from the University of Kansas. He also has completed work toward a doctorate in organization and leadership through the University of Phoenix.

          Previously, Mr. Anstaett served on Bridging the Gap’s Heartland Tree Alliance Advisory Council, as well as Missouri One Call’s board of directors, which also included a role on its executive committee. Currently he serves on the board of directors for Boy Scouts of America and the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission.

          • Steve Busser

            Steve Busser
            Vice President, Risk Management and Controller, Great Plains Energy and KCP&L
            As vice president, risk management and controller, Steve Busser has a broad background in utility accounting, finance, enterprise risk management, regulatory and support services.

            Prior to joining the company in September 2014, Mr. Busser served as vice president - treasurer of El Paso Electric Co. in Texas. Additional positions held since joining that company in 2003 included assistant chief financial officer, vice president - regulatory affairs and chief risk officer. Prior to joining El Paso Electric, he was vice president - international controller for Affiliated Computer Services and National Processing Company. He also held several positions, including manager - assurance, with KPMG LLP.

            A U.S. Army veteran and certified public accountant, Mr. Busser has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Texas at El Paso.

            He is currently a participant in the KC Tomorrow Class 37. He also serves on the boards of the Bishop Sullivan Center and Guadalupe Centers, Inc. He has previously served on the boards of the United Way of El Paso County, the El Paso Catholic Diocese Foundation and the Leadership Curriculum Committee of the El Paso Chamber of Commerce.

            • Chuck Caisley

              Chuck
              Vice President, Marketing and Public Affairs, Great Plains Energy and KCP&L

              As vice president of Marketing and Public Affairs, Chuck Caisley leads the Energy Solutions and Public Affairs areas with responsibility for the company's small-scale generation projects, energy products and services platform, energy efficiency and demand response portfolio, community and customer strategy and communications, marketing, economic development, governmental affairs and public relations functions. He joined KCP&L in 2007 as director of Governmental Affairs.

              Prior to joining KCP&L, he was president of the Missouri Energy Development Association, the trade association for Missouri's investor-owned natural gas, water and electric utilities. In 2004, Mr. Caisley served as both the chief of staff and top political advisor to Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway -- the first woman Speaker of the Missouri House. During his tenure, he was instrumental in passing several landmark pieces of legislation, including tort, nursing home and foster care reform, and increased life-sciences research funding.

              Actively involved in the community, Mr. Caisley serves as treasurer of the board of directors and a member of the executive committee of the Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC). He also is the chairman of the Kansas City Zoo board of directors and a member of the Kansas City Missouri Environmental Protection Committee. In addition, Mr. Caisley currently serves as chairman of the board of directors for Missouri Employers Mutual, a workers' compensation mutual insurance company located in Columbia, Mo.

              Mr. Caisley is the former chairman of the Missouri Energy Council, a former member of the Missouri House of Representatives Reapportionment Commission, the former chairman of the Kansas City Zoological Tax District Commission and a former member of the board of directors of Hope House and Kansas City LISC.

              He graduated with honors from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor's degree in political science. He has also earned a Juris Doctorate degree from St. Louis University School of Law and a Master of Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis.

              • Ellen Fairchild

                Ellen Fairchild
                Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary, Great Plains Energy and KCP&L
                As Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary, Ellen Fairchild communicates with the board of directors and company shareholders on governance-related issues. In addition, she oversees the company's Corporate and FERC Compliance programs, Environmental Services and Audit Services.

                Ms. Fairchild joined KCP&L in January 2008 as director, Investor Relations, and in June 2010, she was promoted to senior director, Investor Relations, and assistant corporate secretary. She was named to her current position in November 2010.

                From 1986 to 2002, Mrs. Fairchild served as director, Investor Relations, and, subsequently, vice president, Investor Relations, for Aquila Inc. in Kansas City, Mo. She also served as manager, Finance, and manager, Shareholder Relations, for UtiliCorp United Inc., which later became Aquila Inc. Prior to that she was a staff auditor and staff accountant-Accounts Payable for Missouri Public Service, a division of UtiliCorp United.

                Ms. Fairchild holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Baker University in Baldwin City, Kan., and an M.B.A. from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo.

                Ms. Fairchild is the board chairman of the Full Employment Council and the Kansas City & Vicinity Area Workforce Investment Board. She serves on the board of directors of Transource Energy, LLC, a company formed by American Electric Power and Great Plains Energy, Inc. and on the board of the Central Exchange. She is active in the Kansas City community and serves on the KC Rising Human Capital Oversight Committee, a collaborative initiative of The Civic Council of Kansas City, the Mid-America Regional Council and the KC Area Development Council; and participates in the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s Next Art Leaders program.

                • Darrin Ives

                  Darrin Ives
                  Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, KCP&L
                  As vice president, Regulatory Affairs, Darrin Ives oversees the strategic development and administration of pricing, rates, rules and regulations, revenue requirements, tariff filings, and customer contracts at federal and Kansas and Missouri levels. He also is responsible for ensuring Regulatory Affairs supports corporate strategies and objectives and satisfies the complex and rigorous requirements of regulatory rules, policies and processes.

                  He joined the Regulatory Affairs department as senior director in 2011. Over his career, he has been involved in several key corporate initiatives, including serving as a member of the Corporate Due Diligence committee, which supports the company's certifying officers with designing, establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures that ensure material company information is processed and reported in accordance with SEC rules and regulations. He also served as the finance organization integration team lead for the 2008 acquisition of Aquila, Inc.

                  Mr. Ives joined KCP&L in 1996 as an accountant in the External Reporting department. He assumed progressive levels of responsibility in the Accounting Services division, serving as assistant controller at the time of his move to Regulatory Affairs. As assistant controller, he was responsible for external financial reporting, regulatory reporting and accounting research.

                  As a licensed certified public accountant in Kansas and Missouri, Mr. Ives’ career in public accounting began in 1992 with Coopers & Lybrand LLP. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Kansas State University, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

                  Mr. Ives is a current board member for KidsTLC, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants, and a former board member of Camps for Kids.

                  • Maria Jenks

                    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.

                    • Charles King

                      Charles King
                      Vice President and Chief Information Officer, KCP&L
                      As vice president of Information Technology and chief information officer, Charles King leads KCP&L’s IT corporate applications; transformational roadmap projects; centralized support functions including business alignment, enterprise architecture, project management, testing, information security and desktop support; and corporate infrastructure including network, data centers, telephony and field radio services.

                      In 2011, Mr. King joined the company as senior director of IT Applications & Delivery. In the following years, he successfully led efforts to improve IT governance, security and compliance; upgrade the company's financial and supply chain systems; and implement a mobile work management system.

                      With more than 24 years of experience leading IT functions for consulting, telecom, media and utility companies, Mr. King has managed a broad portfolio of responsibilities, including customer systems, billing, data warehousing, business intelligence, workforce management, finance, human resources, energy management, ecommerce, project management and mergers/acquisitions.

                      He began his professional career with Andersen Consulting (Accenture) in the utility and telecom practice. Later, he joined Sprint, where he led significant portions of IT efforts for the Sprint/Nextel merger, and Sprint’s local telecom business spinoff to form Embarq (CenturyLink), where he was responsible for all IT delivery and support for Embarq’s consumer, business and wholesale customer lines of business. Prior to joining KCP&L in 2011, Mr. King was director of IT shared services for Dish Network, where his accomplishments included implementing a centralized IT services organization.

                      Mr. King holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Arkansas, and a B.S. in mathematics from Harding University.

                      Currently a member of the Salvation Army advisory board, Mr. King previously served as a volunteer with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, where he helped organize the creation of the Embarq Technology Center.

                      • Kevin Noblet

                        Kevin Noblet
                        Vice President-Delivery, KCP&L
                        As vice president of Delivery, Kevin Noblet leads KCP&L's delivery organization, including safety & training, system operations, construction and design, customer services, and contract management. He is also a member of the operations board for the Wolf Creek Generating Station, Kansas' first nuclear power generating station.

                        Mr. Noblet served as vice president, Generation from 2012 to 2016. In that role, he led KCP&L's generation organization, including the company's generation strategy, safety and training; wholesale marketing and trading; and plant dispatching, long-term resource planning and generation engineering. He has also served as senior director, Renewables and Gas Generation; senior director, Supply Services; and director of Risk Management. Under his leadership, KCP&L has expanded its renewable portfolio to include 62 megawatts of hydropower and increased wind generation by an additional 600 megawatts. He was instrumental in the development of the St. Joseph, Mo., landfill gas-to-energy plant, which collects enough gas to power nearly 1,000 homes annually, and the company's integration into the Southwest Power Pool's Day 2 Integrated Marketplace.

                        Mr. Noblet held several regulated and nonregulated positions with Aquila Inc. prior to its acquisition by Great Plains Energy, including vice president - Energy Resources and director of Origination. He also was a staff electrical engineer for Burns & McDonnell, where he designed and managed electrical and control projects for various utilities and electrical cooperatives.

                        He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo.; a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.; and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Kansas.

                        Mr. Noblet is a former member of the Northland Chamber of Commerce board of directors. He currently coaches youth sports.

                        • Lori Wright

                          Lori Wright
                          Vice President, Corporate Planning, Investor Relations and Treasurer, Great Plains Energy and KCP&L
                          Lori Wright, Vice President, Corporate Planning, Investor Relations and Treasurer, is responsible for the Corporate Planning and Budget Process and Investor Relations.

                          Since joining the company in 2001, Ms. Wright has held several positions, including vice president, business planning; controller; and assistant controller.

                          She began her career with Continental National Bank of Illinois in Chicago. Her utility experience includes joining Iowa Electric Light & Power Company in 1986. She then held several accounting positions at Central & South West, a utility holding company. When it merged with American Electric Power, Ms. Wright was appointed director of Accounting and Reporting at the new company.

                          She has Bachelor and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Iowa, and she is a certified public accountant.

                          Ms. Wright is committed to our communities, having recently served on the boards for the Kansas City Chapter of the American Red Cross and Harvesters: the Community Food Network.

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