President; Central Maine Power
Sara J. Burns is President and Chief Executive Officer of Central Maine Power Company (CMP), Maine’s largest electricity transmission and distribution utility and a subsidiary of Iberdrola, a global utility company based in Spain.
Burns became president of CMP in 1998, and was named CEO in 2005. She began her career with CMP as Manager of Risk Management in 1987. In her years with the company, Sara has served as Chief Operating Officer, Vice President of Human Resources, and Director of Financial Services. Before joining, CMP, she had been employed by Unum Corporation. Ms. Burns is a graduate of Colby College.
In addition to her role at CMP, Ms. Burns is a member and past-chairman of the Board of Trustees of MaineHealth, the largest non-profit health care organization in Maine. Ms. Burns is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, and chairman of Maine & Company, a state-wide business development organization. Other community leadership positions include membership on the boards of the George Mitchell Institute, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, the Augusta Board of Trade, and a past-member of the Board of Overseers at Colby College.
Central Maine Power provides service to 615,000 homes and businesses in central and southern Maine. The company’s 900 employees operate and maintain 25,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines over an 11,000 square-mile service area. The company delivers approximately nine billion kilowatt hours of electricity annually. CMP has received awards from the Edison Electric Institute for Emergency Recovery in Maine and other northeast states, and it has been ranked #1 in customer satisfaction seven times in annual surveys by J. D. Power and Associates.