Chris Whelan was promoted to her current role in May 2012. She has 26 years of communications experience in the electric and natural gas industry and currently oversees media relations, internal communications, branding, advertising, customer and digital communications as well as events, graphic design and web strategy.
She joined LG&E in 1995 after more than six years at Texas Gas Transmission Corporation. In her time at LG&E and KU, she has held several leadership roles including a 15-month expat assignment at Powergen in the U.K. where she managed the brand and internal communications and new media functions. When E.ON AG announced plans to acquire Powergen, Whelan was promoted to manage merger communications strategies with the U.S., the U.K. and Germany. Upon her return to the U.S., she was named manager of Strategic, International and External Communications and served as the primary liaison for international communications activities and communications issues related to key business initiatives.
Whelan was promoted to director of Communications in 2007 and oversaw the internal and external communications functions. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism with a concentration in history and political science.
Whelan was the 2013 chair of the Kentucky Derby Festival, after holding various leadership positions on the festival board. Whelan also is an executive board member of Leadership Louisville, the Kentucky Derby Museum and St. Joseph Children’s Home. She is a board member of the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation and a member of the Fillies Inc., Utility Communicators International, the Louisville Communicators group, and is a 2009 Bingham Fellows graduate.