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Larry Bugh Retires from RF

The RF team would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Larry Bugh on his retirement! After 15 years at RF and nearly 50 in our industry, Larry is retiring as the Chief Security Officer, and his steadfast leadership has made him a valuable pillar of our executive team.


Larry has held various positions at RF and also has the important role of staff liaison for the RF Critical Infrastructure Protection Committee (CIPC). Larry has been a key contributor and planner for each of the industry-wide GridEx exercises. He is routinely sought out by NERC for guidance on security matters, the latest being asked to help author the ERO-wide Crisis Action Response Plan. Additionally, Larry has led RF’s Pandemic Response Team (PRT) since March 2020 to ensure the health and safety of staff, ERO and Entity personnel and our stakeholders remains a top priority.


One of the many notable aspects of his career is his role in the first-ever approved NERC Reliability Standard. Larry was the chairperson for the Standard Drafting Team for Version 1 of the Cyber Security Standards (CIP-002 thru CIP-009), the Version 1 Violation Severity Levels, Version 2 Violation Severity levels and Violation Risk Factors, and the Order 706B Implementation plan. He also participated in drafting the Urgent Action Cyber Security Standard (1200).


“Larry has been an outstanding and steadfast contributor to the reliability and security of our industry his entire career,” said Tim Gallagher, RF President and CEO. “His quest to learn, ability to stay current, energy level and work ethic are so very impressive, and he served our country with honor and distinction as a member of our armed forces. Larry, thank you for all you have done for me and RF, our industry and our country. RF and our industry are losing a true friend. My very best wishes to you in retirement.”


Larry began his career in the planning department for Ohio Edison, and prior to RF, he served as Manager, Information Technology for ECAR. He holds an Associate degree in Electrical Engineering from Kent State University and a BA in Business Management from Malone College. He is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy and served our country for many years with distinction in the Army National Guard.