Mr. Bassham is a member of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer, of Evergy. Mr. Bassham was Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Great Plains Energy and KCP&L prior to the merger with Westar Energy that resulted in the formation of Evergy. Previously, Mr. Bassham served in various capacities at Great Plains Energy and KCP&L including as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of Finance & Strategic Development, Chief Financial Officer, and KCP&L’s Executive Vice President of Utility Operations. Before joining KCP&L, Mr. Bassham was Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Administrative Officer for El Paso Electric Company (EPE) in Texas, where he oversaw the financial, treasury, regulatory, and administrative functions. He joined EPE as General Counsel with responsibility for legislative affairs, regulatory affairs, and corporate governance.
Mr. Bassham serves on several Boards of Directors, including Commerce Bancshares Inc., Electric Power Research Institute, and various charitable and civic organizations. Mr. Bassham holds a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting from the University of Texas-Arlington and a Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary’s University Law School in San Antonio, Texas.