CPS Energy Strengthens Legal Department with Promotion of Shanna Ramirez to Acting Legal and Ethics Director (CLEO) and Appointment of Three Acting Deputy General Counsel

SAN ANTONIO, June 10, 2021 / PRNewswire / – CPS Energy today announced the appointment of Shanna ramirez as Acting Legal and Ethics Director (CLEO), General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Directors. Ramirez, who is fired Texas Lawyer, most recently served as Vice President and Head of Integrated Security at CPS Energy, where she oversaw physical and data security, cybersecurity, incident response and business continuity.

“Shanna has an incredible commercial and legal mind and brings decades of experience working on complex situations for CPS Energy. She is a dynamic, forward-thinking, consensus-driven person and is the ideal leader for this role, ”said Paula Gold-Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer of CPS Énergie. “His experience leading CPS Energy’s security infrastructure and business continuity programs – combined with his solid experience in complex litigation – gives him unique insights that will be invaluable to CPS Energy and our customers as we continue to fight against the continuing negative implications of Winter storm Uri. Ramirez previously worked for a well-known publicly traded company that calls Bexar County home. I am confident that she and her team will bring a renewed commitment to the well-being of our community and the people we serve. ”

Ramirez joined CPS Energy in 2015 as Director and Senior Counsel and has extensive experience providing business and legal advice. She practiced employment litigation at Haynes and Boone, LLP, while based in San Antonio, and was Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc., a publicly traded company, overseeing legal services, security and risk, claims, as well as licensing and compliance. While at Fiesta, which is the parent company of that of San Antonio Taco Cabana and employs over 10,000 people, Ramirez has led numerous complex litigation mandates and honed his skills in consensus building and navigation in combined business and legal decision making.

“I am grateful to Paula and the Board of Directors for entrusting me with the responsibility of fighting for our clients and defending San AntonioRamirez said. “I have called San Antonio home for many years, I will do everything in my power to get the best results for our community. I am incredibly happy to be working alongside our CEO and many colleagues on the CPS Energy legal team, at Town Hall and across Greater San Antonio and build on my excellent working relationships within the San Antonio legal community for the benefit of our clients.

In the immediate term, Ramirez will help stimulate CPS Energy’s continued efforts to protect its customers from excessive, illegitimate and illegal prices arising from Winter storm Uri. She will work closely with the CEO of Utility, an experienced group of outside legal advisors and members of CPS Energy’s internal legal department to continue advancing the interests of her clients and Texans across the state.

The public service has won several notable recent victories in its legal battles and continues to demonstrate the strength of its legal arguments in its business. In addition to advising and leading litigation efforts, Ramirez will help oversee the implementation of cybersecurity best practices within the legal department and play a leading role in the public service’s adoption of environmental principles. key social and governance (“ESG”).

Ramirez will report to Paula Gold-Williams, President and CEO of CPS Energy, and will be a member of the company’s senior management team. Ramirez’s appointment is effective immediately. she’s replacing Carolyn Shellman, whose departure has been announced June 2.

Ramirez received his Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Trinity University and a Juris Doctor from University of Maryland School of Law. She is also a graduate of the Executive Education, Accelerated Development Program at Rice University. Ramirez’s skills have been widely recognized in the community, including being named to Scene in SA magazine “that of San Antonio Best Lawyers “in 2010 and 2011;” Rising Stars: 40 Under 40 “from the San Antonio Business Journal in 2004; and as an alumnus of Leadership San Antonio’s Class 30. Ramirez is also extremely active as a mentor and philanthropic in as a founding member of Women Empowered, an internal networking group of CPS Energy; president of the San Antonio Human Resources Management Association; and as a current or former board member of several charitable and nonprofit organizations, including the Texas Ranger Association Foundation, Clarity Child Guidance Center, Spurs Sorority Alumni Foundation, San Antonio Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Above the Bones Foundation and Just 1 Foundation.

Simultaneously, Ramirez promoted three talented members of the internal team to serve new Acting General Assistant Advice. The new leaders are presented below.

Devi Kumar-Nambiar, who joined CPS Energy in 2015, has gained extensive internal experience working on major strategic initiatives such as FlexPOWERBundleSM and FlexWALKSM. These are global RFPs that help the company expand its power generation and demand options, while remaining focused on energy efficiency and conservation. Prior to working for CPS Energy, Kumar-Nambiar was a lawyer with Davidson, Troilo, Ream & Garza, PC, where she advised international and national companies and represented government entities. Previously, she also served as Deputy General Counsel for Picoco LLC, an investment firm in California. Kumar-Nambiar obtained an MBA from the University of Texas, McCombs School work; a Juris Doctor with a specialization in international legal studies from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of the law; and a Bachelor of Science in University of California, Riverside. She is authorized to practice in Texas and California. Kumar-Nambiar received in 2021 the “40 Under 40” award from the San Antonio Business Journal.

Luis Garcia joined CPS Energy last year. Since joining CPS Energy, Garcia has supported various initiatives and programs in the areas of information technology, finance, security, safety, military operations and academic research. He also provides legal support to the company’s Rate Advisory Committee (RAC). Prior to working for the public service, Garcia was Executive Director, Legal, Technology and Transactions Director for United Services Automobile Association (USAA), a global insurance company. Garcia’s previous professional experience also includes Pedernales Electric Cooperative, where he held several key C-Suite positions including that of General Counsel / Chief Compliance Officer; technical director of information; and CEO. Academically, he obtained a law degree from Sainte-Marie University and a BBA in Finance from University of Texas at Austin.

Kip Giles started with the company in 2009. He works extensively on litigation related work including open cases, subpoenas, discovery and resolution of claims. Prior to working at CPS Energy, Kip was a partner at Strasburger & Price, LLP (now Clark Hill PLC), where he worked extensively on general litigation matters. Giles graduated with a law degree from Sainte-Marie University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Angelo State University.

About CPS Énergie
Founded in 1860, CPS Energy is the country’s largest public utility, electricity, natural gas and power company, providing safe, reliable and competitively priced service to more than 884,811 electricity customers and 366,709 customers. of natural gas in San Antonio and portions of seven adjacent counties. Our customers’ combined energy bills rank among the lowest of the 20 largest cities in the country, while generating 8 billion dollars in turnover for the City of Saint-Antoine for over seven decades. As a reliable and strong community partner, we continuously focus on job creation, economic development and investment in education. True to our People First philosophy, we are powered by our skilled workforce, whose commitment to the community is demonstrated through the volunteerism of our employees to give back to our city and to programs aimed at bringing value to our clients. CPS Energy is one of the largest public purchasers of wind energy in the country and the number one in Texas for solar production.


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