President and CEO, LG&E and KU Energy

Paul W. Thompson

Paul W. Thompson

Paul Thompson is president and chief executive officer of LG&E and KU Energy, which serves nearly 1.3 million customers in Kentucky and Virginia.

Louisville Gas and Electric and Kentucky Utilities provide electricity and natural gas service and operate about 8,000 megawatts of power generation.

Thompson was named to his position in March 2018. Before taking on his current role, Thompson held a number of leadership roles within LG&E and KU. Most recently, as president and chief operating officer, he was responsible for all activities of the company. Thompson joined LG&E in 1991 as director of Business Development.

Prior to coming to LG&E and KU, Thompson worked for 10 years in the oil and gas industry with Northwest Industries and Koch Industries.

Thompson has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. He also completed the Executive Program on Leading Corporate Transformation at the E.ON Academy Harvard University.

Thompson is on the advisory board for the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research.

In civic roles, Thompson is a board member and past chair of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. He is also a board member of TreesLouisville and Fund for the Arts, and was the 2017 Fund for the Arts campaign chair. Thompson is also a Leadership Louisville graduate and the chair of the Louisville Orchestra Endowment, LLC.