Xia Liu began her role as executive vice president and chief financial officer and member of the Office of the Chair in June 2020.
In this role, Liu has overall responsibility for the company’s strategic and long-range financial planning, corporate forecasting and budgeting, treasury, accounting, tax, insurance, risk management, and investor relations functions.
Liu joined WEC Energy Group from CenterPoint Energy, where she served as executive vice president and chief financial officer since 2019. Previously, she spent 21 years with Southern Co. and its subsidiaries across three states in a dozen roles including executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Georgia Power, overseeing the financial matters for Southern Co.’s largest subsidiary. She also served as chief financial officer and treasurer for Gulf Power Co. in Pensacola, Florida. Before that, she was senior vice president of finance and treasurer for Southern Co., heading corporate development and strategy, corporate planning and financial analysis, treasury, enterprise risk management, pension, and insurance management functions.
Liu earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in finance from Renmin University of China and a master’s degree in business administration from Emory University. She also completed two years of study in the Ph.D. in Economics program at Emory University. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), an International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation fellow and a graduate of Leadership Atlanta, and has completed executive programs at Harvard University and INSEAD Business School in France.
Liu is on the board of directors and audit committee of Badger Meter Inc., a publically traded global provider of industry-leading water solutions. In addition, she is chair of the finance and audit committee on the board of directors for Pact, a nonprofit international development organization that works to improve the lives of those challenged by poverty. Throughout her career, she has served as a director on numerous nonprofit boards, including Florida TaxWatch, Gulf Coast Health Systems, Georgia Council on Economic Education, Public Broadcasting Atlanta, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Pensacola Symphony Orchestra.
Liu has received multiple honors and awards, including — most recently — recognition as one of the Top 100 Women in Energy at the 2022 Energy Inclusion Conference. She also has received a 2020 Top 50 Women in Finance Award by the National Diversity Council, is a 2019 Go Beyond 100 Alumni of Goizueta Business School at Emory University, and was named a 2018 Powerful Woman of the Year by Powerful Women of the Gulf Coast.
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