KNOXVILLE ― The Tennessee Valley Authority has named Buddy Eller its new Vice President, Communications & Public Relations, effective immediately.
In his role, Eller will lead TVA’s strategic communications efforts to provide timely, accurate information to both internal and external stakeholders throughout its seven-state service territory.
“Buddy brings more than 30 years of communication experience in practically every facet of the utility industry to this position,” said Sue Collins, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources & Communication Officer. “Since joining TVA in 2019, he has successfully led the organization through a transitional period that has reintegrated communication functions into a highly effective team.”
Prior to joining TVA, Eller served as the General Manager of Corporate Communication and External Affairs for STP Nuclear Operating Company, where he was responsible for employee communication, media relations, advertising, corporate giving, issues management, government affairs and community outreach.
Previously, he served as Communications Director for Progress Energy Florida. Eller began his utility career at Southern Company, where he served in a number of positions of increasing responsibility over 17 years.
He holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University and is actively involved in a number of professional and civic organizations.
“During my brief time at TVA, I’ve already been impressed by the technical skill and dedication of the entire team, as well as their commitment to serving the people of the Tennessee Valley,” said Eller.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power companies serving nearly 10 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.