TVA welcomes new leadership for a new year

4:46 PM, Jan 2, 2013   |    comments
Former President and CEO Tom Kilgore presents ceremonial key to TVA to new President and CEO Bill Johnson. Courtesy: TVA
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The Tennessee Valley Authority started the New Year with new leadership.

Bill Johnson, newly named president and CEO of the Tennessee Valley Authority, was welcomed Wednesday by TVA employees to his first day on the job.  He replaced retiring CEO Tom Kilgore, who presented Johnson with the ceremonial "Keys to TVA" as a symbol of the $11 billion agency's transition to new leadership.

In a message to TVA employees, Johnson said his initial focus will be to continue learning more about TVA, its business and its people. Over the next few months, his plans include traveling across TVA's seven-state service area to visit TVA facilities and offices; local power companies and industrial customers; and key public officials to hear firsthand about TVA successes and opportunities for improvement.

"TVA's service mission of cleaner, low cost energy, environmental stewardship, and sustainable economic growth is as important today as ever," Johnson said. "TVA is a unique entity with a rich history, and I thank the TVA board and the people of the Tennessee Valley for allowing me the opportunity to be part of that successful tradition."

Johnson moved to Knoxville with Sally, his wife of more than 36 years. His hobbies and interests include gardening, working out, home improvement projects, and baking breads, pastries and cakes. He also enjoys a wide variety of music, including classic country, classic rock, bluegrass, reggae and opera, and is an avid reader.

There are also four new TVA Board nominees who were just confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday: V. Lynn Evans, Peter Mahurin, Michael McWherter and Joe Ritch.  They must still be approved by President Obama before they can be sworn into office.

In a statement released Wednesday, Senator Lamar Alexander said, "I believe, after meeting these individuals and studying their backgrounds and qualifications, that they will provide strong board leadership."

Senator Bob Corker said, "I appreciate the willingness of experienced individuals to serve TVA as it goes through an important leadership transition over the next few months."

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