Xcel Energy names new president for Minn., N.D. and S.D.

Published on December 05, 2023 by Chris Galford

Xcel Energy's Ryan Long

Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy recently announced that Ryan Long, the company’s interim general counsel, will serve as president of the utility’s Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota operations beginning Jan. 1, 2024. He will replace current president Chris Clark, who is retiring on March 1, 2024.

In his new role, Long will lead the company’s strategic planning, financial results and operational outcomes for three states and guide efforts to build customer, community, regulatory, legislative and governmental relationships. He joined the company in 2015 and, currently, leads its legal department and guides its legal strategy. Filling his shoes in the legal department after he moves up will be Amanda Rome, currently chief customer officer, an executive vice president and group president of utilities. 

“We have extraordinary opportunities in the next decade as we pursue the clean energy future,” Bob Frenzel, Xcel Energy’s chairman, president and CEO, said. “I know Ryan will carry forward the exceptional work of our employees as we seize the opportunities before us to deliver reliable, safe, affordable energy service for our customers, communities and stakeholders.”

Outgoing president Clark first joined Xcel Energy in 1999 as a senior attorney and served as the vice president of Regulatory before being named president in 2015.