Cristy Garcia-Thomas, the chief external affairs officer of Advocate Aurora Health Inc., will join the board of Milwaukee-based WEC Energy Group on Jan. 1, the company announced Thursday.
"We're delighted that Cristy has agreed to serve as a director," said Gale Klappa, executive chairman of WEC Energy Group. "Her leadership in the highly regulated health care field, and her experience in customer care, external affairs, and diversity and inclusion will add another dimension of strength to an engaged and effective board of directors."
Garcia-Thomas joined Aurora Health Care in 2011 and was previously president of its foundation. She was also previously chief executive officer of the United Performing Arts Fund and publisher and vice president of the specialty media division of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
WEC Energy Group described the election of Garcia-Thomas as part of its ongoing director succession planning process in a securities filing. The company is increasing its board from 12 to 13 people to make room for Garcia-Thomas.
She will be part of the board’s corporate governance committee.