January 2009

Meet Rob Manning

The Executive Vice President of Power System Operations arrived at TVA last August after a North Carolina childhood and 30 years at Duke Power.


Rob Manning’s work ethic is rooted in his childhood. He grew up on a farm 10 miles outside Williamston, N.C. When his parents weren’t growing peanuts, tobacco, soybeans and corn, his mother, Nancy, was a purchasing agent at a textile mill, and his father, Stephen, was a mail carrier.

Later, a roommate at North Carolina State University inspired Manning to be an electrical engineer.

“He worked summers for the local utility and told me what great stuff the utility had to play with,” recalls Manning.

After college, Manning joined Duke Power as an electrical engineer. Over the next 30 years, he worked in all aspects of power distribution and transmission. He earned his Masters in Business Administration from Queens University in Charlotte in 2000, the same year he was named vice president of engineering for Duke Energy Gas Transmission in Houston. Three years later, Manning returned to the electric business as Duke’s vice president, Power Delivery – Field Operations Carolinas, where he oversaw transmission and distribution throughout Duke’s Carolinas region.

Manning says he has had few surprises since he arrived at TVA.

“I did a lot of homework before I left Duke to come here,” he says. “The people here are really good. They are good to each other, and they are skilled, knowledgeable, with a clear sense of the mission for what TVA is about. It’s really wonderful to have a team that works as well as the transmission team at TVA.”

Manning’s leadership philosophy is to:

And his big goals for PSO are: