2017 CFO of the Year



Donna Walker, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Hoosier Energy, was selected as an honoree for Indianapolis Business Journal’s 2017 CFO of the Year. She was hired as a manager of financial services for Hoosier Energy in 1995 and promoted to her current role in early 2016.


Within the last two years, Hoosier Energy has formalized a distinct long-term corporate strategy function. “I was given leadership responsibility for developing the company’s strategic planning process and overseeing execution of the plan,” she said. “The process includes identifying and monitoring industry trends and developments, which will shape our business for the next 10 to 20 years, and developing strategies to successfully address opportunities and risks.”


Walker is leading Hoosier Energy’s cross-functional team addressing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, which seeks to reduce 2005-level carbon emissions from power plants 32 percent by 2030. “It fundamentally affects every business and individual consumer,” she said, “and alters how electricity is generated and used in the United States.”


Walker has a continuous desire to develop new leaders in the electric cooperative industry and in her community. She has served as a mentor for colleagues at Hoosier Energy, as a judge for the Indiana University Kelley School of Business / Purdue University Krannert School of Management business case competition, and as a facilitator of financial-management workshops for United Way of Central Indiana.



Hoosier Energy is a generation and transmission cooperative (G&T) with headquarters in Bloomington, Indiana. The G&T provides electric power and services to 18 electric distribution cooperatives in central and southern Indiana and southeastern Illinois. Hoosier Energy operates the coal-fired Merom Generating Station, three natural gas power plants, several renewable energy facilities and a 1,700-mile transmission network. For more information, visit www.hoosierenergy.com.