Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Mike Skaggs, who has over 25 years of leadership experience in the utility industry—22 of those years at TVA—currently serves as chief operations officer. An engineer by training, he joined the company to manage performance analysis for initial Watts Bar Nuclear Plant operations before overseeing capital projects for TVA’s transmission system, substations and telecommunications. Today he is responsible for seven strategic business units: Transmission; Safety, River Management and Environment; Supply Chain; Natural Resources; Infrastructure; TVA Police and Emergency Management; and Continuous Improvement.
Before he accepted this position, Skaggs was TVA’s senior vice president of Operations and Construction at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant. In this position, Skaggs provided oversight of the completion, integration, startup and power ascension testing of Unit 2—the nation’s first new nuclear generation of the 21st century. Prior to assuming management of Watts Bar operations and construction in 2013, Skaggs served as senior vice president of Nuclear Construction, with responsibility for Watts Bar Unit 2, Bellefonte and the Sequoyah Unit 2 steam generator replacement project.
In addition to leading the completion effort of Watts Bar Unit 2, Skaggs’ experience includes the completion and startup of Watts Bar Unit 1; the recovery of Browns Ferry Unit 1 to return that site to full, three-unit operation; and the successful management of two steam generator replacement projects. He has held top management posts at each of the company’s three operating nuclear plants, and led a number of initiatives across the nuclear fleet that resulted in improved operational performance, organizational alignment and cultural health.
A registered professional engineer, Skaggs holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Tex., and earned a senior reactor certification at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant.