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.