The Tennessee Valley Authority has named Don Moul its newest executive vice president and chief operating officer, to assume his leadership position from Mike Skaggs, who announced plans to retire in January 2022.
Moul will join TVA in late June and will lead key areas of TVA’s business, including: safety; transmission and power supply; coal, gas, and hydro generation; integrated river system management; natural resources; environment; supply chain; major projects; facilities management; TVA police and emergency management; and enterprise improvement.
“Don brings nearly 35 years of experience across all facets of power generation and operations with a proven track record of improving operational performance and teamwork,” said Jeff Lyash, TVA president and chief executive officer. “His background, skill sets and leadership approach will be a great addition to our team.”
As Moul and Skaggs transition COO duties, Skaggs will serve as executive VP and advisor to the CEO until his retirement.
“Under Mike’s leadership, TVA’s Operations performance has been very strong and continues to improve through a disciplined approach to asset planning and operational execution,” said Lyash. “Through his strong character, dedication and integrity, Mike has built a legacy that will endure for years to come. Mike has helped make TVA a leader in our industry, and Don is well-prepared to continue that leadership into the future.”
Most recently, Moul served as executive VP and chief nuclear officer at NextEra Energy.
From 2004 to 2019, he served in a variety of leadership roles at FirstEnergy Corporation. He led the company’s nuclear fleet as president and chief nuclear officer, served as president, FirstEnergy Generation, and served as VP, Commodity Operations, focused on power production and retail supply in the PJM Markets. He also served as president of Ohio Edison and Penn Power – two of FirstEnergy’s operating companies.
Moul has a bachelor of science in nuclear engineering from Penn State and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.
TVA also announced that John Thomas has been named executive VP, chief financial and strategy officer, which recognizes his leadership in building out TVA’s strategy and leading TVA’s innovation and technology advancement initiatives. Thomas has served as the organization’s chief financial officer since February 2012.
TVA is a corporate agency of the U.S. that provides electricity for nearly 10 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. In addition, 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.