Hydro project operator TVA adds Quirk as executive vice president, general counsel

Sherry Quirk has been named executive vice president and general counsel for hydro project operator Tennessee Valley Authority. Quirk replaces Ralph Rodgers, who is retiring.

Quirk will be responsible for directing TVA’s legal affairs and serving as corporate secretary to the TVA board of directors. She will also serve as the designated agency ethics official, responsible for the administration of TVA’s ethics program.

Quirk has extensive experience as legal counsel to the energy sector, most recently as an equity partner in the law firm of Schiff Hardin LLP. The firm specializes in federal energy regulation, legislation and power supply transactions. Before that, Quirk was a partner in the energy group of Sullivan & Worcester LLP and a partner in the energy group of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand.

“I’m confident that Sherry has the legal background, public power experience and leadership attributes to serve TVA well,” said TVA President and Chief Executive Officer Bill Johnson.

Quirk holds a law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College.

TVA is a corporate agency of the U.S. that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. The corporation maintains 29 conventional hydroelectric facilities and one pumped-storage project.

HydroWorld.com recently reported on work by TVA to deal with a sinkhole and seepage at the base of its Boone Lake Dam, which impounds water for an 89-MW hydro facility.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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