El Paso Electric names COO

El Paso Electric (NYSE:EE) on June 1 said it has promoted Hector Puente , senior vice president of operations and distribution, to the position of senior vice president and COO.

In his new role, Puente will oversee power generation, transmission and distribution, system operations, power marketing, fuels and generation planning for the company.

Puente, who has worked at El Paso for more than 30 years, has served in various capacities, including vice president of transmission and distribution, vice president of distribution operations and vice president of generation, as well as other executive, management and engineering positions.

“Hector brings a wealth of experience in both transmission and generation operations,” El Paso Electric CEO Thomas V. Shockley stated. “His extensive experience as well as his knowledge of the communities El Paso Electric serves will be an asset to us as we plan for the future.”