Reporting to the new CEO, John Larsen, Diane Cooke will be a close strategic partner to the leadership team to drive a safe, supportive, performance-driven and customer-centric culture across the organization. She will play a key role in establishing and strengthening a more sophisticated HR function and will be tasked with upgrading the function’s ability to support the growing and changing needs of an evolving business. As a culture champion, Ms. Cooke will keep the pulse of the organization and help Alliant Energy’s leadership team evolve the company from a utility to customer-centric model, expanding the business while maintaining a focus on operational excellence.
“Diane is an outstanding HR executive who possess the perfect blend of leadership traits, wisdom and experiences with strong cultures, brands and results. She will be instrumental in Alliant’s journey towards greater customer-centricity, leveraging her experience in driving frontline changes towards more customer-centric models,” said Sandra Peña, partner on the search.
Alliant Energy Corporation’s mission is to deliver the energy solutions and exceptional service that its customers and communities count on—safely, efficiently and responsibly. Through its utility subsidiaries Interstate Power and Light Company and Wisconsin Power and Light Company, Alliant Energy provides regulated electric and natural gas service to approximately 960,000 electric and approximately 410,000 natural gas customers in the Midwest.
Headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, Alliant Energy also provides several non-regulated services, including ground transportation and energy engineering (such as wind and geothermal energy) and owns 16% of American Transmission Company, LLC (ATC), a transmission-only utility operating in the Midwest. The company also owns a 50% cash equity interest in the 225 megawatt (MW) Great Western Wind Project.
Alliant Energy is one of 230 companies worldwide selected for the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index (GEI), which distinguishes companies committed to transparency in gender reporting and advancing women’s equality.