Van M. Wardlaw is the Tennessee Valley Authority’s new executive vice president of external relations. Wardlaw most recently served as senior vice president for customer resources.
He succeeds Executive Vice President Rob Manning, who will focus on leading TVA’s shared services until his retirement at the end of the year.
Wardlaw has more than 30 years of leadership experience in the planning, operating, commercial and customer sectors of the utility industry. In 2011, he was named senior vice president of customer resources. During his tenure with TVA, he has led the development of TVA’s most recent Integrated Resource Plan, was executive vice president of power supply and fuels and worked in the commercial sector as senior vice president for commercial operations and vice president of bulk power trading. He also held the positions of vice president of transmission and reliability in energy delivery and vice president of transmission operations and maintenance. In addition, he has served in various leadership roles in customer service, economic development and marketing.
Wardlaw is originally from Memphis and holds a B.S./B.A. in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University and a M.S./M.A. in business administration from the University of Mississippi. He has been designated a distinguished fellow of the Mississippi State University Bagley College of Engineering, is a registered professional engineer and is a certified power executive.