Georgia Transmission Corp. board names Jerry Donovan president, CEO

The Georgia Transmission Corp. board has named Jerry Donovan president and CEO.

Jerry Donovan has more than 30 years of experience in the energy industry in the areas of planning, design, construction and maintenance management of electrical transmission and distribution facilities. He served as manager of GTC’s construction and project management program when the company was formed in 1997. In 1999, Donovan assumed the role of vice president of project services, and in 2009 he was named senior vice president and chief operating officer.

As GTC president and CEO, Donovan will lead a not-for-profit electric cooperative that is owned by and delivers high-capacity power to 38 of Georgia’s electric membership cooperatives (EMCs). The state’s 41 customer-owned electric cooperatives provide electric service to nearly half the state’s population, across more than 70 percent of the state. GTC has 285 employees.

“In addition to impressive management credentials in the energy business, Jerry is a natural leader,” said Charles R. Fendley, GTC board chairman. “He is level-headed and his sincerity and strategic thinking help him connect with and inspire the EMCs’ managers and employees.”

Donovan will oversee one of the nation’s few electric transmission-only businesses. As a member-owned cooperative, GTC plans, builds and maintains more than 3,000 miles of electric power lines and more than 600 substations. As chief operating officer, he managed an annual construction program of more than $100 million for new facilities to meet Georgia’s rapidly growing energy demand.

Donovan has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University. He and his wife, Sherry, live in Decatur and have three children and two grandchildren.

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