Kilbride

The U.S. Senate voted Aug. 1 to confirm Chattanoogan Bill Kilbride to the last vacant seat on the TVA Board of Directors.

Kilbride is a former chief executive of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, having taken that post in 2014 and served until his 2017 retirement. He is retired from flooring manufacturer Mohawk Industries, where he last served as that company’s chief sustainability officer.

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said Kilbride’s experience will make him an “outstanding” TVA director.

“Bill is an accomplished businessman and has provided strong leadership to his community as CEO of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce,” Alexander said. “He understands TVA’s mission — providing low cost, reliable, and clean power to the residents and businesses in the seven state TVA region. I look forward to working with him.”

Kilbride’s confirmation brings the TVA board to full strength for at least the rest of this year. The terms of Virginia Lodge and Ron Walter technically expired in May, but they can remain in their seats until their successors are nominated by President Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, or until the current session of Congress ends on Jan. 3, 2020.