LCRA senior management team
General Manager Phil Wilson and his direct report team lead LCRA’s day-to-day operations. The team includes the chief of staff, executive vice presidents of Water, Transmission, Strategic Initiatives and Transformation, and Public Affairs, and the chief financial officer, chief commercial officer, chief administrative officer and general counsel. The general auditor reports to the LCRA Board of Directors and also serves as part of the general manager’s direct report team. See the organizational chart.
Phil Wilson became LCRA’s 11th general manager on Feb. 3, 2014. LCRA’s general manager serves as the organization’s chief executive officer and carries out LCRA Board policy, manages LCRA’s relationships with its customers and stakeholders, appoints and directs executive staff, and oversees projects and operations that support LCRA’s public service mission.
Prior to joining LCRA, Wilson was executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation. Under the direction of the Texas Transportation Commission, he managed, directed and implemented TxDOT policies, programs and operating strategies. He also represented TxDOT before the Texas Legislature and other entities. Before joining TxDOT in 2011, Wilson served as senior vice president of Public Affairs and as a corporate officer for Luminant, Texas’ largest electric generation company. In 2007, then-Gov. Rick Perry appointed Wilson as Texas’ 106th Secretary of State. In that position, he was the chief elections officer and the chief international protocol officer for Texas. Wilson also served as chair of the Governor’s Competitiveness Council and on the Texas Border Security Council.
Wilson currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Large Public Power Council. He previously served as the Board chair of the Austin Chamber of Commerce and as the chair of the chamber’s Opportunity Austin initiative, in addition to having served on the chamber’s executive committee. Wilson has a Master of Business Administration from Southern Methodist University and a bachelor’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University.
Chief of Staff
Greg Cox works closely with Phil and his direct report team to lead a variety of projects and initiatives across all LCRA departments. Before joining LCRA, Greg was an associate attorney in the healthcare litigation practice of Germer Beaman & Brown. Prior to law school, he served as executive aide to Gov. Greg Abbott. Greg earned a Juris Doctor from Baylor University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in theology from Biola University.
Gerry Garcia leads LCRA’s Auditing Services team in collaboratively implementing risk-based audit plans and partnering with management to ensure the audit function fulfills its vital role at LCRA. Before joining LCRA, Garcia served as president and principal consultant for The Garcia Group, providing risk, controls, audit and analytics advisory services to companies ranging from startups to multibillion-dollar global industry leaders. Garcia also has served as chief audit executive for food wholesaler Supervalu; global management consulting firm ICF; Dole Food Company; and global biotech systems, consumables and services provider Life Technologies. Garcia earned a Master of Business Administration in finance with honors from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from the University of Notre Dame. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Information Systems Auditor and Certified Fraud Examiner.
Executive Vice President of Water
John Hofmann oversees LCRA’s water, river, irrigation, dam and hydroelectric operations, water surface management, water resource planning, conservation, water quality protection, water customer services and environmental laboratory services. Prior to joining LCRA, John was a regional manager for the Brazos River Authority, where he was responsible for lake and dam operations, water and wastewater treatment and project development. He also has served as Brazos River Authority’s manager of government and customer relations. Other career highlights include serving as then-Gov. Rick Perry’s liaison to the Texas House of Representatives and working in the commissioner’s office at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. John graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts in history and government.
Executive Vice President for Public Affairs
Bill Lauderback oversees communications, external affairs and government affairs. Bill has more than 34 years of senior-level experience in business management, government affairs, public policy and communications. Most recently, as a senior adviser at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, he counseled corporate clients on public affairs campaign development and execution. Bill has served in leadership roles at E*Trade/Momentum Securities, the Texas Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association and Bonner & Associates. In addition, he has served as deputy assistant secretary for gas and petroleum technology for the U.S. Department of Energy, executive director of the Texas Department of Commerce, and special assistant to the governor of Texas. Bill holds a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin and has been a lecturer at the university’s graduate school of business.
Chief Administrative Officer
John Miri oversees information technology, safety, employee services, support services, cybersecurity and natural resource management. Prior to joining LCRA, John was chief executive officer of Bluewater Technology Services, a strategic consulting company. He has served on the Texas Online Authority’s Board of Directors and in several senior executive positions for the Texas Department of Information Resources. John built Texas’ first integrated network and security operations center and co-authored the first statewide cybersecurity strategic plan. Early in his career, John was chief architect of a number of innovative software products and was awarded a patent for an energy risk software system that was successfully deployed to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Williams, Dynegy, ConocoPhillips and others. John graduated from Harvard University with a degree in physics. He also graduated from the Governor’s Executive Development Program at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
Tom Oney oversees LCRA’s Legal, Environmental Affairs and Regulatory Affairs departments. Oney previously served as vice president of Regulatory Law for Energy Future Holdings and chief compliance officer for Luminant. In November 2011, Public Utility Fortnightly named Oney one of “America’s Top Utility Lawyers.” Oney also served as associate general counsel and director of Regulatory Affairs for Crosstex Energy. Before joining Crosstex, Oney was a partner in the Hunton & Williams LLP law firm. Oney earned a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Tulane University Law School, and he earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Baylor University.
Chief Commercial Officer
Ken Price leads LCRA’s wholesale power group, overseeing its commercial and wholesale customer teams as well as LCRA’s power generation facilities. Ken has more than 30 years’ experience in the wholesale power business. Prior to joining LCRA, Ken was senior director at Luminant. He most recently led its short-term commercial power activities, including running the largest qualified scheduling entity in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas market. During his tenure at Luminant, Ken led its transition to the Texas nodal power market, led teams that analyzed and structured a wide variety of wholesale power acquisitions, mergers and investment projects in the U.S. and the U.K., and optimized solid-fuel expenditures for one of the largest coal consumers in the nation. Ken holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering with honors from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a licensed professional engineer in Texas and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Executive Vice President of Transmission
Kristen Senechal oversees LCRA’s transmission business. Before joining LCRA, Kristen was director of Strategic Planning at CenterPoint Energy. In this role, she led the strategic planning process at the corporate, business unit and functional levels. She supported growth initiatives and emerging business opportunities, provided internal consulting services, evaluated merger and acquisition opportunities, coordinated the capital commitment review process, and developed business cases for major initiatives and capital commitments. Kristen also held additional roles at CenterPoint in its Regulated Operations Strategy and Treasury departments. Kristen earned her Master of Business Administration from the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston. She also holds a doctorate in molecular biology and, prior to turning her attention to the energy industry, spent 10 years conducting research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Baylor College of Medicine and MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Executive Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Transformation
Khalil Shalabi oversees the development of LCRA’s corporate strategic plans while also transforming the way LCRA harnesses the ever-changing power of technology. Khalil has more than 20 years of leadership and management experience in the industry. Before joining LCRA, Khalil served as vice president for Strategy, Technology and Markets at Austin Energy. Prior to that, he served as chief technology officer and director of Research and Development and Strategic Planning for the New York Power Authority. Khalil earned a Master of Business Administration from New York University, a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.
Chief Financial Officer
Jim Travis is responsible for the financial management of LCRA. He oversees accounting, capital and financial planning, finance, investor relations, treasury activities, and supply chain, as well as the financial oversight and compliance related to energy trading and hedging. Since joining LCRA in 1992, Jim has served as controller, manager of planning and treasurer, in addition to leading risk management activities. Prior to joining LCRA, Jim held various positions in finance, audit and accounting with Tenneco Inc., an international energy and manufacturing company. Jim holds a Master of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Texas A&M University. He is a Certified Public Accountant.