Paul W. Thompson was named to his current position in January 2017. As President and Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible for all matters of the company. Prior to his current role, he was responsible for all operations areas including generation, energy supply and analysis, electric distribution and transmission, gas distribution and storage, and customer service.
Prior to coming to LG&E and KU he worked 10 years in the oil and gas industry. Thompson joined LG&E in 1991 as director of Business Development and subsequently held several upper-management positions before being promoted to senior vice president of Energy Services in 1999.
Thompson has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a master's degree in business administration in finance and accounting from the University of Chicago. He also completed the Executive Program on Leading Corporate Transformation at the E.ON Academy Harvard University. Thompson is currently a board member of Electric Energy Inc. and Ohio Valley Electric Corporation, and is on the advisory board for the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research. He was previously a board member and chairman of the board of the FutureGen Industrial Alliance.
In civic roles, Thompson is a past chair of the Louisville Downtown Development Corporation and he is a past board member for Greater Louisville Inc. He is on the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce board where he is the 2019 chair-elect. He is a past chairman of the Louisville Free Public Library Board and currently serves as the Advocacy Committee chair. He is a board member of TreesLouisville and Fund for the Arts, and was the 2017 Fund for the Arts Campaign Chair. Thompson also is a graduate of Leadership Louisville.