As senior vice president and chief people officer for Evergy, Jerl Banning has management responsibility for human resources including leadership development, talent acquisition, diversity & inclusion, and labor relations.
Mr. Banning served as senior vice president, operations support and administration with Westar Energy from 2015 to 2018. He was named vice president of human resources and information technology in 2014. From 2010 to 2014, he served as vice president of human resources. Mr. Banning joined Westar in May of 2008 and served as the executive director of human resources from 2008 to 2010. Between 1996 and 2008, he held various positions in human resources at Aquila, Inc., and Koch Industries. Prior to these positions, he worked in a variety of professional services organizations as a human resources consultant with clients in multiple industries.
Mr. Banning received his bachelor of arts in psychology from Bethel College and a master's degree in organizational/personnel psychology from the University of Kansas.
Mr. Banning is on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Topeka, the Youth Entrepreneurs of Northeast Kansas Topeka Advisory Council, and the University of Kansas School of Business Advisory Board.