ATLANTA, GA, January 16, 2002 — Georgia Transmission Corporation announced today the appointment of Carol M. Chinn as President and Chief Executive Officer effective April 1, 2002.
Chinn will replace President and CEO Julian Brix, who announced last year his plan to retire this spring. Her appointment was made today by the GTC Board of Directors.
“Chinn’s strong management background in all facets of electric utility transmission and distribution, and her leadership in GTC’s endeavor to participate in a regional transmission organization, will be tremendous assets for GTC and Georgia’s EMCs as we continue our transition into the competitive marketplace,” said Board Chairman Charles R. Fendley. “This is a positive next step in our strategic focus on serving our Member Systems with reliable and cost-effective transmission service in a changing market environment.”
Currently GTC’s Vice President for System Planning, Chinn has 20 years in the energy industry with management experience in electric system planning, regulatory affairs, engineering, construction, operations and customer service. She has held a variety of management positions in both transmission and distribution systems, including almost 18 years at Florida Power & Light (FPL). She earned a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Florida, a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Miami, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Florida.
“It brings me great personal satisfaction that I will be leaving GTC in such capable and experienced hands,” Brix said. “I have been blessed with the most cooperative and hardest working staff that I can imagine. For the Board to select one of these contributors says much about GTC’s future.”
Brix brought Chinn on board at GTC in 1999 to head the System Planning division. In this position, she has directed functional areas of strategic development, bulk and load-serving transmission planning, system protection, and business process management. She also oversees transmission policy, tariff and regulatory affairs, including generation interconnection procedures and dispersed generation policy.
Chinn has co-led GTC’s efforts regarding FERC Order 2000, which directed transmission providers to regionalize rates and services. She participates on several RTO committees with other southeastern utilities. She also represents GTC on the Georgia ITS Joint Committee for Planning and Operations.
“This is a huge honor and a tremendous challenge for me,” Chinn said. “I am gratified for the Board’s confidence in me. I am proud to be part of such an outstanding organization. Our people are as important as our transmission assets. No one can effectively lead an organization without the right people in place and we have that already.”
GTC is a not-for-profit cooperative owned by 39 Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs) in Georgia. It has 250 employees and owns nearly $1 billion in assets, including more than 2,500 miles of transmission lines and 500 substations across the state.