Gale E. Klappa
Gale Klappa is chairman and chief executive officer of Milwaukee-based Wisconsin Energy Corporation, one of the nation’s premier energy companies. He also is chairman, president and chief executive of Wisconsin Energy’s principal utility, We Energies. He has held these roles since May 2004.
Klappa joined Wisconsin Energy as president in April 2003. He was elected to the company’s board of directors in December 2003.
Prior to joining Wisconsin Energy, he served as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Southern Company in Atlanta, Ga. Previously in his career, Klappa was Southern Company’s chief strategic officer, the North American group president of Southern Energy Inc. (now Mirant), and president and CEO of South Western Electricity — Southern Company’s electric distribution utility in the United Kingdom. Before his assignment in the U.K., he was senior vice president of marketing for Georgia Power Company, a subsidiary of Southern Company.
Klappa is a 1972 graduate cum laude of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications.
Klappa is a member of the board of directors of Badger Meter Inc. and Joy Global Inc. He serves as a director of the Edison Electric Institute and the Electric Power Research Institute. He also serves on the executive committee of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, the board of trustees of the Medical College of Wisconsin, the UWM School of Business Advisory Council, and the board of directors of the United Performing Arts Fund. Currently the vice chairman of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC), he was MMAC chairman from 2007 to 2009. Also, from 2006 to 2010, Klappa served on the board of directors of United Way of Greater Milwaukee. He also served as chairman of Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited from 2007 to 2010.
In 2011, Klappa received an honorary Doctor of Commercial Science degree from UWM in recognition of his support for UWM’s growth initiative; his leadership in helping to shape the economic future of southeast Wisconsin through the launch of the Milwaukee 7, a regional economic development initiative; and his extensive community involvement.
Electric Light & Power magazine named Klappa CEO of the Year in January 2012 — recognizing his role in executing the company’s Power the Future plan. This landmark plan added 50 percent more generating capacity to the company’s operating fleet while cutting emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and mercury by 80 percent. In September 2012, Corporate Responsibility magazine named Klappa Responsible CEO of the Year for his commitment to transparency, accountability and customer satisfaction. He was named 2013 Wisconsin Business Leader of the Year by the Harvard Business School Club of Wisconsin, and in 2014, he was named to Institutional Investor magazine’s All-America Executive team for the fifth consecutive year.
Service Date: 04/14/03