The Tennessee Valley Public Power Association (TVPPA) Board of Directors has named Doug Peters (shown at right) to succeed retiring President/CEO Jack Simmons.

Peters, who joined TVPPA in 2001 and has served as its Technical Services director since 2009, will begin his new duties Aug. 1. TVPPA Chairman Greg Williams said Peters’ selection caps a thorough search for Simmons’ successor.

“Our search committee began its work with a very impressive roster of candidates from inside and outside the Valley,” Williams said. “The quality of those applicants made it a robust competition, but Doug’s 16 years at TVPPA and 18 years prior at TVA set him apart.

“We congratulate Doug. We’re excited about this transition and his forthcoming leadership,” Williams said.

A native of Rossville, GA, Peters holds an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

In addition to his Technical Services responsibilities, Peters has also served TVPPA’s Education & Training director and as vice president of Distributors Insurance Co. (DIC), a wholly owned subsidiary of TVPPA. As well as leading TVPPA, Peters will also serve as president/CEO of DIC and Seven States Power Corp. – a challenging array of responsibilities, but one Peters said he’s ready to take on.

“The first thing is to express my appreciation to the TVPPA Board of Directors for putting its faith in me,” Peters said. “It’s hard to imagine a greater honor.

“All I want to do is the job our members deserve. I look forward to working with our members and our staff to make our association as good across the board as it can possibly be,” Peters said.

Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, TVPPA is the nonprofit regional organization representing the consumer-owned utilities in the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) service area. Those 105 municipal utilities and 49 rural electric cooperatives distribute electricity and other services to 9 million residents in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.