Puget Energy and its principal utility subsidiary, Puget Sound Energy (PSE), expanded senior leadership. Eric Markell becomes executive vice president and CFO; Bertrand Valdman becomes executive vice president and COO; and Kimberly Harris becomes executive vice president and chief resource officer (CRO). Markell joined the company in 2002, Valdman in 2003 and Harris in 1999. "Their new assignments will broaden and focus the management expertise of our entire leadership team. This realignment adds more focus to our efforts to continue to improve our gas and electric [utility] service, to our development of a full range of energy and energy efficiency resources, and to improving our financial ability to deliver on our region's expectations," said CEO Stephen Reynolds. Puget's PSE utility is the state of Washington's oldest and largest private-sector utility, serving 1 million electric and 718,000 natural gas customers in 11 counties -- primarily in western Washington.
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