Brian Thumm Biography


Brian is the Vice President of Performance Improvement and Risk Mitigation. In this role, Brian leads SERC’s Risk Assessment & Mitigation, Training & Outreach, and Strategic Initiatives & Continuous Improvement departments.

From an external perspective, this includes the oversight of SERC’s Entity Assistance function, which provides entities with Regional perspectives and best practices for myriad reliability and security risks; and oversight of the Risk Assessment and Mitigation function, which performs Inherent Risk Assessments for entities and risk/harm determinations for potential noncompliances. The combination of these roles provides a unique platform from which to communicate emerging and persistent risks to a broad stakeholder base, and to work with registered entities to resolve those risks in a collaborative manner. From an internal perspective, he oversees the strategic planning for the organization, which includes development of the strategic plan as well as development and monitoring of the corporate strategic initiatives. He is also responsible for several internal oversight functions, including quality assurance, internal controls, program readiness, operational excellence, continuous improvement, and the Project Management Office (PMO).

Brian has previously provided oversight for SERC’s Compliance Monitoring functions, including audits, self-certifications, and compliance investigations, as well as the Reliability Assessment and Performance Analysis (RAPA) program, which uses data collection and analysis to identify reliability risks within the SERC footprint.

Prior to joining SERC, Brian served as Director of Regional Planning for ITC Holdings Corp. There, he led a group of engineers engaged in economic planning analysis, load forecasting, stability analysis, technical studies, and NERC compliance, as well as ITC’s post-Order 1000 planning-related efforts across the country.

Brian has over 25 years of electric industry experience, including holding positions in transmission planning, transmission operations, regulatory strategy, external affairs, project development, nuclear licensing, and computer services.

He received a Master’s in Business Administration from Michigan State University; a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tulane University; and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Michigan and Louisiana and a certified Project Management Professional.