Gabriel “Gabe” Bolas II has been named by the Knoxville, TN, UB Board of Commissioners to succeed retiring President/CEO Mintha Roach.

Bolas, who’d served most recently as the utility’s senior vice president and chief engineer, would be the seventh chief executive in KUB’s history. He’s scheduled to take office in October.

“We selected Gabe because we felt that he is extremely qualified to ensure KUB’s vision of serving customers by providing utility services that are safe, reliable and affordable,” KUB Chair Celeste Herbert said. “He has the experience and ability to lead KUB through the next phases of improving the utility system infrastructure and maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction. We will continue to be good environmental stewards and good corporate citizens.”

Bolas joined KUB in 1995 as an engineer. He earned both his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering and his graduate degree in industrial engineering at the University of Tennessee.

“I appreciate the board’s confidence,” Bolas said. “I’m committed to making sure our service to our customers reflects the high standards that have been established over KUB’s nearly 80 year history.”

“I also want to thank Mintha Roach for her leadership over the past 15 years,” he added. “She has been a great mentor, and I want to continue the legacy that she and our predecessors established at KUB.”