President and Chief Executive Officer, Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)
Bill Magness became ERCOT’s president and chief executive officer in January 2016, after more than five years as ERCOT’s general counsel.
Mr. Magness has been in the utility business for 25 years, working with electric and telecommunications companies nationwide. He held executive management positions in the public and private sectors, and served as lead counsel in regulatory cases before utility commissions in 16 states. Early in his career, Mr. Magness served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Mr. Magness grew up in Orange, Texas, received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is the father of two daughters.