Our Leadership Team

This team consists of leaders at the Berkshire Hathaway Energy level as well as those who head up each of our businesses. While each business operates autonomously, our vision, culture and principles are shared.

Gregory Abel

Gregory E. Abel

Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Vice Chairman – Non-Insurance Business Operations
Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Executive Chairman

Gregory E. Abel, 55, joined Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s Board of Directors in January 2018 as vice chairman – non-insurance business operations.

Berkshire Hathaway and its subsidiaries engage in diverse business activities including insurance and reinsurance, utilities and energy, freight rail transportation, finance, manufacturing, services and retailing.

Mr. Abel serves as Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s executive chairman and has served on the board of directors since 2000. He held the position of chairman from 2001-2018, chief executive officer from 2008-2018 and president from 1998-2018. Mr. Abel joined BHE in 1992 and has extensive executive management experience in the energy industry with strong regulatory and operational skills, including international experience.

Berkshire Hathaway Energy is a diversified global holding company that owns subsidiaries principally engaged in energy businesses in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and the Philippines. The Berkshire Hathaway Energy businesses include AltaLink, L.P., BHE Pipeline Group, BHE Renewables, BHE U.S. Transmission, HomeServices of America, Inc., MidAmerican Energy Company, Northern Powergrid Holdings Company, NV Energy, Inc. and PacifiCorp.

Mr. Abel serves as a director and vice chairman of Associated Electric & Gas Insurance Services Limited, a mutual insurance company, and serves on the board of directors for The Kraft Heinz Company, AEGIS Insurance Services, Inc., a managing general agent for a mutual insurance company, and the Hockey Canada Foundation and on the executive board of the Mid-Iowa Council Boy Scouts of America. Recent past board service includes Drake University board of trustees and American Football Coaches Foundation board of directors.

William J. Fehrman

William J. Fehrman

Berkshire Hathaway Energy, President and CEO

William J. Fehrman, 57, has been a senior executive within the Berkshire Hathaway Energy family of companies since 2006. During this time, he held executive roles for PacifiCorp Energy, MidAmerican Energy and BHE Renewables, managed Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s cross-business cyber and physical security strategies, and served as the lead executive of Berkshire Hathaway Energy’s supply chain and procurement initiatives.

Berkshire Hathaway Energy is a diversified global holding company that owns subsidiaries principally engaged in energy businesses in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and the Philippines. The Berkshire Hathaway Energy businesses include AltaLink, L.P., BHE Pipeline Group, BHE Renewables, BHE U.S. Transmission, HomeServices of America, Inc., MidAmerican Energy Company, Northern Powergrid Holdings Company, NV Energy, Inc. and PacifiCorp. Fehrman serves as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Director of PacifiCorp, as Chairman and Director of Northern Natural Gas Company, Northern Powergrid Holdings Company and NV Energy, Inc., and as Director of AltaLink Management Ltd. and HomeServices of America, Inc.

Fehrman graduated in 1984 from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. In 1998, he earned a master’s degree in business administration from Regis University, Denver, Colorado. He also completed the Reactor Technology Program for utility executives from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and National Academy for Nuclear Training as well as the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations Senior Nuclear Plant Management Course. Fehrman is a former member of the National Nuclear Accrediting Board.

Fehrman is one of 18 chief executive officers chosen to represent the electric industry on the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council (ESCC). He also is a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) and serves as vice chair of the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) Member Executive Committee.

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    Patrick J. Goodman Executive Vice President and
    Chief Financial Officer
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  • Natalie Hocken
    Natalie L. Hocken Senior Vice President and
    General Counsel
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  • Cathy S. Woollums
    Cathy S. Woollums Senior Vice President, Environmental Services and
    Chief Environmental Counsel
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