President and Chief Executive Officer of El Paso Electric Company | Director since 2023
Kelly Tomblin is President, Chief Executive Officer, and Board Member of El Paso Electric Company. Ms. Tomblin brings more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry and has worked throughout the world including the U.S., the Caribbean, United Kingdom, and Latin America. While most of her work involves operational improvement and public image enhancement, Ms. Tomblin has been integral in positioning utilities and related industries as leaders in the energy sector by developing new visions and strategic directions crucial to their success. She was previously recognized as an S&P Platt Global CEO of the Year.
During her tenure with El Paso Electric, Ms. Tomblin has launched multiple key initiatives for the Company including the development of a newly envisioned strategic plan, smart metering, and automated system technology, transportation electrification and electric vehicle infrastructure deployment, as well as tripling the utility’s renewable energy portfolio. Under Ms. Tomblin’s leadership, EPE has created a bold plan that is committed to 80% carbon-free energy by 2035 and the pursuit of 100% decarbonization by 2045.
Prior to EPE, Ms. Tomblin served as President, CEO, and Board Member of both INTREN (MASTEC) and Jamaica Public Service, the utility that serves Jamaica West Indies. As Regional VP of International Power/ENGIE, she led business development activities that resulted in significant growth and market expansion. Prior to ENGIE, she served as President of Pennsylvania Electric Company, a subsidiary of First Energy Corporation. Ms. Tomblin started her energy career as an attorney at K&L Gates.
Ms. Tomblin is a board member of The Borderplex Alliance; the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; the El Paso Chamber of Commerce, and the Edison Electric Institute. She is also a member of the Advisory Council for Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness; the Texas Tech President’s Development Council; Children at Risk Advisory Board, and the Diversity Committee for Executive Forum.
Ms. Tomblin has an MBA from New York University’s Leonard Stern School of Business and a Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of Science in Journalism with a public relations concentration from West Virginia University. Ms. Tomblin has served as a director of WestStar Bank since 2023.