President and Chief Executive Officer
Tom Kilgore was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Tennessee Valley Authority in October 2006. He was appointed president and chief operating officer in March 2005. He is responsible for leading all aspects of TVA, including power production, transmission, power trading, customer relations, economic development, river and environmental management.
Kilgore came to TVA from Progress Ventures, where he served as president and chief executive officer. Progress Ventures was a subsidiary of Progress Energy. The company had a diverse portfolio of energy-related businesses in fuel extraction, transportation, energy marketing, energy trading, and other areas.
Kilgore previously served as president and chief executive officer of Oglethorpe Power Corporation in Georgia. He joined Oglethorpe in 1984 and held numerous management positions, becoming president and chief executive officer in 1991 and serving in that capacity until 1998. Prior to joining Oglethorpe, he worked for Arkansas Power and Light Company in Little Rock, Arkansas, and for the U.S. Army at Pine Bluff Arsenal in Arkansas.
Kilgore serves on the board of directors of the Nuclear Energy Institute and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations. He has also been a member of the industry advisory board of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
A native of Alabama, Kilgore earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alabama and a master's degree in industrial engineering from Texas A&M University. He served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1972. In 2002, he was inducted into the State of Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame.
Kilgore and his wife, Myra, have a daughter, two sons, and eight grandchildren.