PPL Corporation promotes Francis Sullivan to COO

Published on January 06, 2023 by Dave Kovaleski

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Francis X. Sullivan

PPL Corporation promoted Francis Sullivan to executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Sullivan, who started in his new role on Jan. 1, oversees PPL’s regulated utility operations and has the presidents of PPL’s Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island utility companies reporting to him. Sullivan is replacing Gregory Dudkin, who is on extended medical leave and is not expected to return to PPL. Dudkin will remain executive vice president while on medical leave.

“Greg has been an exceptional leader and colleague, someone who has always been focused on delivering the highest levels of service to our customers, developing high-performing teams, and inspiring a culture of innovation within PPL,” PPL President and CEO Vincent Sorgi said. “He will be missed, and we wish Greg and his family the very best as they deal with these difficult times. At the same time, I have complete confidence in Fran and our operations leadership team as we continue our focus on creating the utilities of the future, executing our clean energy strategy, and driving long-term value for our customers and shareowners.”

Sullivan joined PPL as vice president of operations performance on Oct. 1, 2021. Prior to PPL, he served as senior operations advisor for Kindle Energy for more than two years and has worked as an independent consultant to the power sector since 2018.

From 2008 to 2018, Sullivan served as NRG Energy’s senior vice president of operations and was accountable for one of the largest portfolios of generation assets in the United States. While at NRG, Sullivan drove operational excellence that resulted in a decade of continuous improvement in safety, environmental compliance, generation availability, and operational efficiency. Before that, he worked for more than a decade in various leadership roles with the Public Service Enterprise Group.

“Fran’s strong leadership skills, insight, and experience will make him an excellent addition to our executive leadership team as we continue to transform PPL and to position it for growth and success in a changing energy landscape,” Sorgi said.

He has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Union College and a master’s in business administration from Drexel University.