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Southwest Power Pool Adds 2 to Leadership Team

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Southwest Power Pool announced Thursday that two new officers will join its senior leadership team, effective Feb. 1.

Sam Ellis will serve as vice president of information technology and chief information security officer. Antoine Lucas will serve as vice president of engineering.

Ellis had been SPP’s director of cybersecurity and controls since 2017 and will assume oversight of the organization’s IT department from Barbara Sugg, who was named SPP’s president and CEO-elect earlier this month. 

Lucas, who was director of transmission planning, will fill the vacancy left by Lanny Nickell’s Jan. 28 transition to the role of chief operations officer.

Prior being named director of cybersecurity and controls, Ellis served as director of systems operations, director of market administration and manager of market operations. He joined SPP in 2003 and has 26 years of industry experience in transmission and generation operations and electricity and natural gas trading. 

Ellis holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Missouri Southern State University.

Lucas has 18 years of experience in the electric power industry. He has worked at SPP for 13 years. 

Prior to joining SPP, Lucas worked in real-time system operations for Entergy Services Inc. as an engineer and system operator. 

He earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Louisiana Tech University. 

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