SVP & CTO
Charles has more than 30 years of experience leading large-scale IT functions and now serves at the SVP & CTO at Evergy. Charles joined KCP&L in 2011 as Director of IT Applications. He was promoted to Sr. Director of Applications & Delivery in 2012 and to Vice President of Information Technology in 2013. In 2015 he was promoted to Vice President & of IT and Chief Information Officer where he leads all IT functions including corporate applications, transformational merger consolidation projects, cyber and physical security, corporate infrastructure including network, data centers, telephony, and field communications, and centralized support functions including business alignment, enterprise architecture, project management, testing/QA, help desk, and desktop support. Charles is currently co-chair of the EEI Security and Technology Executive Advisory Committee, Advisory Board member of the Utility Analytics Institute, Industrial Engineering Academy member at the University of Arkansas, and Salvation Army Advisory Board member.
Charles holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Arkansas, and a B.S. in mathematics from Harding University. He began his career with Andersen Consulting (Accenture) and later held multiple IT leadership and director roles at Sprint, Embarq, CenturyLink and Dish Network.