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TVA Welcomes New CEO Bill Johnson on First Day

January 2, 2013

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Valley Authority started the New Year this week with a new President and CEO and four new TVA board nominees being confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

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.

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Retiring CEO Tom Kilgore 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’s debut coincides with the U.S. Senate confirmation of four new TVA Board nominees. In November, three of the board’s nine positions became vacant and two others end when the current session of Congress concludes. Whenever five or more of the nine board seats are vacant, the board lacks a quorum.

Tuesday’s confirmation is the first step to ensuring a quorum of the board. The nominations now move on for Presidential signature so the new board members can be officially sworn into office

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. 

The TVA Board of Directors on November 5 named Johnson to succeed Tom Kilgore, who had served as TVA’s first president and CEO since 2006. For more information on Johnson including his bio, click here.

Media Contact

Mike Bradley, Knoxville, 865-632-8860
TVA Public Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000


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TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson greets employees in Knoxville on his first day at TVA. high res version


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President and CEO Bill Johnson in the River Forecast Center in Knoxville.
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Former President and CEO Tom Kilgore presents ceremonial key to TVA to new President and CEO Bill Johnson.
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New TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson starts work at company headquarters in Knoxville.
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