TUCKER, Ga., Dec. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Transmission Corporation's (GTC's) board of directors has named Jerry Donovan president and chief executive officer. Donovan has served as senior vice president and chief operating officer since 2009.
Mr. Donovan has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry in the areas of planning, design, construction and maintenance management of electrical transmission and distribution facilities. He served as manager of GTC's construction and project management program when the company was formed in 1997. In 1999, Mr. Donovan assumed the role of vice president of project services and, in 2009, he was named senior vice president and chief operating officer.
As GTC president & CEO, Mr. Donovan will lead a not-for-profit electric cooperative that is owned by, and delivers high-capacity power to, 38 of Georgia's electric membership cooperatives (EMCs). The state's 41 customer-owned electric cooperatives provide electric service to nearly half the state's population, across more than 70 percent of the state. GTC has 285 employees.
"In addition to impressive management credentials in the energy business, Jerry is a natural leader," said GTC Board Chairman Charles R. Fendley. "He is level-headed and his sincerity and strategic thinking help him connect with and inspire the EMCs' managers and employees."
Mr. Donovan will oversee one of the nation's few electric transmission-only businesses. As a member-owned cooperative, GTC plans, builds and maintains more than 3,000 miles of electric power lines and more than 600 substations. As chief operating officer, he managed an annual construction program of more than $100 million for new facilities to meet Georgia's rapidly growing energy demand.
Mr. Donovan holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University. He and his wife, Sherry, live in Decatur and have three children and two grandchildren.
About Georgia Transmission
Georgia Transmission, a not-for-profit cooperative owned by 38 Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs), owns more than 3000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines and more than 600 substations. These facilities deliver power to Georgia's EMCs who serve nearly 50 percent of Georgia's population (4.5 million). See www.gatrans.com.
SOURCE Georgia Transmission Corporation