David Harkness is Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President of Xcel Energy. Within their Customer and Innovation business unit, Dave is responsible for all IT development, operations and governance, cyber security and the company’s business continuity program. As CIO, Dave drives innovation and transformation by leveraging technology to create business value to become a world class utility. Previously, Dave held key leadership positions with PNM Resources, including CIO, Executive Director of Business Transformation and executive aide to the CEO, as well as IT leadership roles for MCI, McLeodUSA and Rockwell International. Dave holds a Bachelor’s degree from The University of Iowa with a double major in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics. He received the 2018 Twin Cities CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Award, serves as the Chairperson for EEI’s Technology Advisory Council of CIOs and is a board member of two non-profits, the Minnesota High Tech Association and BestPrep.