National Grid U.S. names new chief operating officer

John J. Donleavy has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer for National Grid's U.S. operations

John J. Donleavy has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer for National Grid's U.S. operations. National Grid is one of the nation's largest energy companies, serving more than three million electric and three million natural gas customers in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. National Grid also owns a fleet of generation plants on Long Island.

Donleavy has more than 30 years of experience leading operations and overseeing transformational strategic initiatives at some of the nation's leading electric and natural gas utilities.

"I am delighted that John has joined National Grid at this critical time in the energy industry," King said. "His considerable experience and expertise will be invaluable as we work to create the utility of the future, delivering outstanding service to our customers, our communities and our region for years to come."

Donleavy was president and CEO of Vermont Electric Power Co. (VELCO), where he led a business process transformation and spearheaded the largest capital infrastructure construction program in the company's. His successful working partnerships with state and federal government leaders, energy regulators, regional transmission owners and operators, and the Army Corps of Engineers allowed them to rebuild and reinforce the state and regional transmission network.

Donleavy will oversee all aspects of National Grid's U.S. operations including electric and gas transmission and distribution, generation, LNG, control center operations, emergency planning, project management and complex construction, resource planning, fleet and material management, and safety, environment and health.

Donleavy has also held positions with PSE&G and Exelon, and is a past vice chairman of the North American Transmission Forum.

National Grid is an electricity and gas company that delivers electricity to about 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. It manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), and owns over 4,000 MW of contracted electricity generation, providing power to over one million LIPA customers.

National Grid is also the largest distributor of natural gas in northeastern U.S., serving about 3.4 million customers in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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