Officer Bio

Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary Great Plains Energy and KCP&L

Ellen FairchildAs 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.