CPS Energy announces four major promotions in its legal department
CPS Energy announced the appointment of Shanna Ramirez (pictured top) as Interim Chief Legal & Ethics Officer (CLEO), General Counsel, & Board Secretary. Ramirez joined CPS Energy in 2015 as Director & Senior Counsel and most recently served as CPS Energy’s Vice President & Chief Integrated Security Officer, where she oversaw physical and data security, cyber, incident response and business continuity.
Ramirez will report to Paula Gold-Williams, President & Chief Executive Officer of CPS Energy, and will be a member of the company’s senior executive team. Ramirez’s appointment is effective immediately. She replaces Carolyn Shellman, whose departure was announced June 2.
Ramirez will help to drive CPS Energy’s ongoing efforts to protect its customers from excessive, illegitimate and illegal prices stemming from Winter Storm Uri. She will work closely with the utility’s CEO. 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 CPS’s adoption of key environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) principles.
Prior to joining CPS Energy Legal team, Ramirez started her legal career at Haynes and Boone where she practiced employment litigation. She then moved to Fiesta Restaurant Group and was Vice President & Deputy General Counsel for more than 12 years. Ramirez is also a founding member of Women Empowered, a CPS Energy internal networking group; president of the San Antonio Human Resources Management Association; and a current or former board member for several charities and non-profits foundations.
The new appointment of Ramirez brought with it further changes in CPS’s legal department. where three other promotions were also announced. All three will be serving as Interim Deputy General Counsels.
Devi Kumar (pictured left)
Joined CPS Energy in 2015. Prior to working for CPS Energy, Kumar-Nambiar was an attorney with Davidson, Troilo, Ream & Garza, P.C. She also previously served as the Assistant General Counsel for Picoco.
Luis Garcia (pictured left)
Joined CPS Energy in 2020. Prior to working for CPS Energy, Garcia was an Executive Director Managing Counsel Technology and Transactions for United Services Automobile Association (USAA), a global insurance company.
Garcia’s prior work experience also includes Pedernales Electric Cooperative, where he served in multiple C-Suite key roles, including General Counsel / Compliance Officer; Chief Information Technical Officer; and Chief Executive Officer.
Kip Giles (pictured left)
Joined CPS Energy in 2009. Prior to working at CPS Energy, Kip was an Associate at Strasburger & Price (now Clark Hill), where he served for more than 5 years.