Michael J. Carlson
Clean Technology 2008
Michael J. Carlson

Michael J. Carlson

Vice President & Chief Information Officer
Xcel Energy

Michael J. Carlson is the Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Xcel Energy. He is responsible for increasing the value Business Systems delivers to the organization by leveraging Xcel Energy’s I/T portfolio, including both technology and process, across the company. In addition to his traditional technology responsibilities, he is responsible for the Company’s Smart Grid strategy and his organization includes the Utility Innovations Group, which is the technology R&D function for Xcel Energy. Prior to his current position, Mike was the Vice President for Business Transformation & Customer within Business Systems, after originally starting with the company in June of 2002 as the Director of the Program Management Office. Mike has more than 21 years of experience in finance and technology, focusing his expertise in the application and delivery of technology to drive business value.

He joined Xcel Energy in 2002 from Arthur Andersen, LLP, where he was a practice director in the areas of technology integration and financial operations. In addition to his consulting experience, his background includes a number of financial and management positions within the medical industry, serving as CEO of a large medical practice and the CFO of a public laboratory services group. Mike holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Management Systems from Union College and an MBA degree in finance from Pepperdine University.