Ben Fowke

Chairman, President & CEO
Xcel Energy

Ben Fowke is chairman, president and CEO of Xcel Energy, one of the largest public utilities in the country. The Fortune 500 company, headquartered in Minneapolis, serves parts of eight states, providing electricity to 3.6 million customers and natural gas service to 2 million customers.

Widely respected in the industry, Fowke serves as Vice Chair of the Edison Electric Institute and on the boards of the Nuclear Energy Institute, Energy Insurance Mutual and Institute of Nuclear Power Operations. He is also a frequent contributor to important policy topics in Washington, D.C.

Fowke serves on the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), representing the energy industry. The NIAC is a private-public partnership that advises governmental agencies on how to mitigate risk and ensure the integrity of the country’s critical infrastructure.

In recent years, Fowke testified before three Senate committees, providing his expertise on the industry’s cyber security preparedness, on Xcel Energy’s industry-leading Unmanned Aircraft System program and the importance and limitations of battery storage solutions.

Fowke has also testified before Congress about the importance of hiring military veterans in the private sector following their service to our country. Xcel Energy has executed on aggressive hiring goals, ensuring that 10 percent of our new outside hires are military veterans. Fowke was honored with the Responsible CEO of the Year award from Corporate Responsibility magazine for Xcel Energy’s efforts to recruit and retain military veterans.

Fowke is active on several industry and community boards, including the Minnesota Business Partnership which he chairs, and served as co-chair of the 2017 Greater Twin Cities United Way campaign with his wife, Kathleen. He and chosen as the 2018 Executive of the Year by Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal and the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Citizen Award from the Northern Star Council of the Boy Scouts of America.