Jeff Lyash Joins TVA as President and CEO

The incoming leader looks forward to getting to know the Tennessee Valley, and building on the Tennessee Valley Public Power Model as he guides the company on to future success

APRIL 8, 2019 — It’s his first day as new president and CEO of the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Jeff Lyash is on the job early in Knoxville. The sun has yet to come up on the 10 million electric consumers he will serve across the Valley.

In TVA’s Knoxville office complex, where he’ll be based, he’s getting settled in and getting to know people. However, his plan is to quickly hit the road, take a tour of the Valley and begin listening to customers, businesspeople and area leaders.

“I’m excited to get out and learn more about the region we serve,” Lyash says. “Over the next 90 days or so, I’ll be traveling all over the Valley — from Knoxville to Memphis, from Tupelo to Bowling Green, and a lot of places in between.

Lyash says he looks forward to meeting TVA’s employees, customers, and government and community leaders. “I’ll be listening closely to what they have to say — and to what the Board says — as we align our priorities for TVA’s next long-range plan.”

Before coming to TVA, Lyash served as president and CEO of Ontario Power Generation Inc., one of the largest electrical generating companies in Canada. He’s got 35 years’ experience in the utility sector, having worked in executive positions at CB&I Power, Duke Energy, and Progress Energy overseeing plant services for nuclear, coal, gas, oil and renewable generation. He’s also worked in fuel procurement, power trading, transmission, environmental programs, major projects and construction, and health and safety programs. Truly, he has done it all. (Read his bio here.)

“Like many TVA employees, I know a lot about power plants and transmission lines,” Lyash says. “But I also appreciate the value of a clean environment, well-managed natural resources, a growing economy and all the other things that make this region great.

In other words, he embraces TVA’s mission of serving the people to make life better. “I understand the importance of the Tennessee Valley public power model and the value it provides to the nearly 10 million people of our region,” he says. “Our challenge is to leverage that model to meet evolving customer expectations and build on the foundation of operational and financial excellence that TVA employees have built.”

Between handshakes, he pauses to reflect: “TVA is headed in the right direction. I look forward to working with the people of TVA and the people we serve to keep TVA on course and getting better every day.”