Texas PUC Names Former NRG Lobbyist, PUC Staffer As Executive Director
Texas PUC Chair DeAnn Walker has announced the hiring of John Paul Urban as Executive Director to replace the recently resigned Brian Lloyd.
In addition to Urban’s hiring, Walker also announced new titles for Thomas Gleeson (Chief Operating Officer) and Stephen Journeay (Commission Counselor, Office of Policy and Docket Management). As part of the realignment, Journeay will now report directly to the commissioners instead of the executive director.
Rounding out the new executive team, Walker introduced communications director, Andrew Barlow.
Urban previously served as the PUC’s Director of Government Relations from 2011-2014. Urban also previously served as Chief of Staff for Rep. Wayne Smith and, most recently, as a manager for NRG Energy, where he has served as a registered lobbyist for NRG
Gleeson has served the commission since 2008 in roles of increasing responsibility.
Journeay, a licensed attorney and professional engineer with experience in a variety of state agencies and public companies, has been with the PUC since 1996.
Barlow previously served in the communications offices of Texas Governor Rick Perry and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst.