The Board of Directors steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as making sure Southwest Generation has adequate resources to advance its mission.
John Foster SWG Chief Executive Officer and President
John Foster has held executive positions at leading IPP companies over the last 20 years. Getting his start in the industry as a lawyer at Dickstein Shapiro, Foster joined J Makowski Company as General Counsel in 1993. When Makowski transformed into InterGen in the mid 90s, Foster became Senior Vice President in charge of Latin American development and operations, leading the development, financing, construction and commercial operations of over 2500 MWs in Mexico. In 2006, Foster became Executive Vice President at Competitive Power Ventures focusing on natural gas and wind businesses in the United States, including the 800 MW Sentinel facility in Palm Springs, CA. Before becoming CEO at Southwest Gen, Foster served as interim CFO. Mr. Foster has an undergraduate degree from Carleton College and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law.
Andrew Kapp IIF Director
Andrew is an Investment Principal in the Infrastructure Investments Group, where he focuses on sourcing new energy and power acquisitions in North America and sits on the boards of Southwest Generation and Novatus Energy. Prior to IIG, Andrew worked for ArcLight Capital Partners, where he was responsible for the origination, execution and management of investments in assets and companies across the energy industry and energy infrastructure. Prior to ArcLight, Andrew worked for Citi, structuring and executing on infrastructure asset and project financing worldwide.
Barry Welch Independent Director
Since 2015, Barry Welch has been an independent energy consultant, C-Suite coach and board director. In addition to Southwest Generation, he is on the boards of Transmontaigne Partners, LP (NYSE: TLP) an oil products storage MLP and Novatus Energy, a renewables platform company, owned by institutional investors advised by JP Morgan Asset Management. From 2004 to 2014, Barry served as the CEO of Atlantic Power Corporation (NYSE:AT), and served on their board of directors from 2006 to 2014. From 2001 to 2004, Barry was a Senior Vice President and Head of the Bond and Corporate Finance Group at John Hancock Financial Services, with over $50 billion in Assets Under Management and investing $8+ billion annually. From 1989 to 2001, he held a number of other positions at John Hancock, where he was also a member of Hancock’s Pension Investment Advisory Committee, on the board of Energy Investors Funds’ general partner and helped structure Hancock’s investment at the formation of ArcLight Capital Partners. Barry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University and a Masters of Business Administration focused on Finance from Boston College.
Anne Cleary Independent Director
Anne Cleary is a senior executive with more than 30 years of management and technical experience across all areas of the electric utility space. Her experience spans business unit P&L, M&A, business development, engineering, capital expenditure analysis, business strategy development and execution, risk management, regulatory, federal and state legislative affairs, line and engineering operations, environmental compliance and human resources. Anne has developed and commercialized large capital power projects, served as the business unit president for over 6,000MW of fossil generation and currently consults on the technical integration, commercialization and regulation of energy storage and renewables projects. Anne joined the Board of Southwest Generation in September, 2018. She also serves on the Board of The Ascendant Group, Ltd.
Bob Foster Independent Director
Bob Foster's career spans more than 40 years, beginning with his career as Chief Consultant to the California State Senate Energy Committee, later advancing to Deputy Director of the California Energy Commission, and culminating with his serving as President of Southern California Edison (SCE), where he worked for 21 years retiring in early January 2006. He also served as a director of S Power from September 2014 until its sale in 2017. He was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger and reappointed by Governor Brown to serve as Chair of the California Independent System Operator, an entity that operates the electrical grid in California. Foster served as Chair of the CAISO from 2011 until 2014. He served two terms as the Mayor of Long Beach until his retirement in July 2014. Presently, Foster heads his own consulting firm, Prometheus Advisors, advising energy, water, development, and engineering companies. He currently serves as a director on American Transmission Company, EPCOR, Southwest Generation, and TTSI, and the Advisory Board of GRIDCO SYSTEMS.
Leanne Bell Independent Director
Leanne is the CFO of Onyx Renewable Partners, a renewable energy development company established by funds managed by Blackstone Energy Partners that is focused on Greenfield development in the North American solar and wind sectors. Prior to joining Onyx, Leanne was the CFO and COO at Synergy Renewables, a global power development company. She previously served as MD at both Tiger Infrastructure Partners and Lehman Brothers. Leanne also led the Energy Financial Services Power Team as Managing Director at GE.