Southwest Power Pool of Little Rock has named Deborah Sterzing as a senior vice president and chief financial officer, the nonprofit electric grid transmission organization announced Monday in a news release.
She will take the role effective March 13, replacing former CFO Tom Dunn, who retired in December. Sterzing was most recently senior vice president and CFO of Wind Energy Transmission Texas and has more than 20 years of experience in finance and electric industry financial planning.
SPP President and CEO Barbara Sugg said Sterzing was picked after a nationwide search.
“Her strategic, financial and regulatory expertise will ensure SPP has the organizational readiness necessary to lead our industry to a brighter future,” Sugg said in a statement.
Sterzing will develop and execute the grid management organization’s overall financial strategy and oversee the financial details of all transactions under SPP’s tariff, or energy pricing structure. She will also be the organization’s primary risk management officer, and executive in charge of its accounting, settlements and credit departments.
“I am thrilled to be joining the executive leadership team at SPP,” Sterzing said in the release. “I look forward to bringing my diverse experience in the energy industry to be a strategic financial partner with the CEO, board of directors and organization, with the goal of enabling the best outcomes for our members and stakeholders.”
Before her job at Wind Energy Transmission Texas, she held financial roles at Cognitive Scale, Citigroup, High Bridge Energy Development, Skaia Energy, Green Mountain Energy and General Electric.
Sterzing holds a master’s degree in business administration from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and bachelor’s degree in political science from Colorado College.
SPP manages the electric grid across 17 central and western U.S. states and provides energy services on a contract basis to customers in both the Eastern and Western Interconnections.