TAMPA — Tampa Electric Co.’s Canadian parent company announced a new chief executive for the Hillsborough County power company.
Archie Collins, 54, will succeed current chief executive Nancy Tower, 61, in May. He will take over as president immediately in addition to his position as the company’s chief operating officer.
“It is a privilege to be chosen to lead this team and to help shape a future for Tampa Electric that is cleaner, greener and focused on serving our customers,” he said in a release.
Collins has worked in the energy industry for more than three decades and previously served in senior positions at Emera Inc., Tampa Electric’s parent company. He is the second Canadian executive to serve in the utility’s top spot since it was purchased by Emera.
He was selected from a “strong pool of internal and external candidates,” spokeswoman Cherie Jacobs said. She did not elaborate on how many others were considered for the position.
As chief operating officer, Collins oversaw electric delivery, energy supply and customer experience. He previously served in leadership roles in Emera’s Canadian branches and as chief executive of its Grand Bahama Power Co. and chief operating officer of Emera Caribbean.
“He is the right leader to maintain momentum at Tampa Electric as the team continues its focus on delivering value for customers, reducing carbon emissions and driving growth at the utility,” Scott Balfour, Emera chief executive, said.
Tower arrived at Tampa Electric in 2017, the first executive from the company’s Canadian parent. She previously held executive positions in Emera’s branches in Canada.
Tower came in at a troubled time for the company. Just months before taking the helm, five workers died at the utility’s Big Bend Power Station after performing a cleaning procedure the company knew was dangerous.
Tower put a focus on enhancing the company’s safety culture.
She also led the utility to implement more renewable energy sources. Under her leadership, Tampa Electric built a number of new solar installations and is on track to have 14 percent of its energy generated from the sun when its projects are complete.
“During her time at Tampa Electric, she played a key role in establishing the strategic roadmap for the future of the utility and has been instrumental in driving the recent growth at the company,” Emera’s Balfour said.