IRVING, Texas, Feb. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Vistra Energy (NYSE: VST) today announced changes to its board of directors. Effective Feb. 24, 2020, Arcilia C. Acosta and Lisa Crutchfield have been appointed as independent directors. In addition, two directors, Geoffrey Strong and Bruce Zimmerman, have notified the company that they will resign from the board of directors as of the date of Vistra's 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.
"We are very pleased to welcome Arcilia and Lisa – two exceptional business and energy industry veterans – to the Vistra board of directors," said Scott Helm, Vistra's chairman of the board. "As Vistra continues to evolve and expand its business, Arcilia and Lisa's broad experience will enhance the board, particularly through their extensive operational, policy, and regulatory expertise. We look forward to their contributions."
Helm continued, "We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Geoff and Bruce for their dedicated leadership and commitment to the board and the company. We are grateful for their many contributions and stewardship. Notably, Geoff has been involved from the inception of Vistra, and has been a key strategic contributor throughout his service to the company."
With these changes – the addition of Acosta and Crutchfield, coupled with Strong and Zimmerman's resignations – the board will be comprised of 10 members following the 2020 Annual Meeting of Stockholders.
About Vistra's New Directors
Arcilia Acosta successfully operates both Southwest Testing Laboratories and CARCON Industries and has had great success and impact in the Texas marketplace. Acosta has served since 2015 as a director of LegacyTexas Financial Group, N.A., a bank holding company with an asset size of over $10 billion, and prior to that served as a director of its bank subsidiary since 2013. From July 2018 to February 2020, Acosta served as a member of the board of ONE Gas Incorporated, a stand-alone, 100-percent regulated, publicly traded natural gas utility and one of the largest natural gas utilities in the United States. Additionally, she serves as a director of Magnolia Oil and Gas.
Lisa Crutchfield is the managing principal of Hudson Strategic Advisers, LLC, an economic analysis and strategic advisory firm serving the energy industry. Prior to her entrepreneurial venture, Crutchfield served as chief regulatory, risk and compliance officer for the UK-based international energy company, National Grid, plc. She has also served in executive leadership roles at Exelon Corporation, TIAA-CREF, and Duke Energy Corporation. Crutchfield led the efforts to liberalize the electric generation markets in Pennsylvania when she served as a utility regulator. Crutchfield currently serves as a director of Fulton Financial Corporation, a $21.0 billion bank holding company, and Unitil Corporation, an $800 million electric and gas utility in New England.
About Vistra Energy
Vistra Energy (NYSE: VST) is a premier, integrated, Fortune 350 energy company based in Irving, Texas, providing essential resources for customers, commerce, and communities. Vistra combines an innovative, customer-centric approach to retail with safe, reliable, diverse, and efficient power generation. The company brings its products and services to market in 20 states and the District of Columbia, including six of the seven competitive power markets in the U.S. and markets in Canada and Japan, as well. Serving nearly 5 million residential, commercial, and industrial retail customers with electricity and gas, Vistra is the largest competitive residential electricity provider in the country and offers over 40 renewable energy plans. The company is also the largest competitive power generator in the U.S. with a capacity of approximately 39,000 megawatts powered by a diverse portfolio of natural gas, nuclear, coal, solar, and battery energy storage facilities. In addition, the company is a large purchaser of wind power. The company is currently developing the largest battery storage system of its kind in the world – a 300-MW/1,200-MWh system in Moss Landing, California. Vistra is guided by four core principles: we do business the right way, we work as a team, we compete to win, and we care about our people, our neighbors, and our stakeholders. Learn more about Vistra's environmental, social, and governance efforts and read the company's sustainability report at https://www.vistraenergy.com/sustainability/.
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