President & CEO, Tennessee Valley Authority
Jeff Lyash has served as president and CEO of Ontario Power Generation Inc.—one of the largest electrical generating companies in Canada, with a diverse fleet of nuclear, hydroelectric, gas, biomass and renewable generating stations—since 2015. Lyash was formerly the president of CB&I Power where he was responsible for a full range of engineering, procurement and construction of multibillion-dollar electrical generation projects in both domestic and international markets. He also provided operating plant services for nuclear, coal, gas, oil and renewable generation.
Prior to joining CB&I, Lyash served as executive vice president of Energy Supply for Duke Energy. He led engineering, maintenance and operations of the company’s 42,000-megawatt generation fleet, fuel procurement, power trading, major projects and construction, environmental programs and health and safety programs. Before the merger of Progress Energy and Duke Energy, Lyash served as executive vice president of Energy Supply for Progress Energy.
In this role, he oversaw Progress Energy’s diverse 22,000-megawatt fleet of generating resources, including nuclear, coal, oil, natural gas and hydroelectric stations. In addition, he was responsible for generating fleet fuel procurement and power trading operations. Lyash began his career in the utility industry in 1981, joining Progress Energy in 1993. Before assuming the role of executive vice president of Energy Supply, he served as executive vice president of Corporate Development, president and CEO of Progress Energy Florida, senior vice president of Energy Delivery Florida, and vice president of Transmission. He also held a wide range of management and executive roles in Progress Energy’s nuclear program, including operations manager, engineering manager, plant manager, and director of site operations.
Before joining Progress Energy, Lyash worked for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) in a number of senior technical and management positions throughout the northeast United States and in Washington, D.C, receiving the NRC Meritorious Service Award in 1987. Lyash earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University, and was honored with the Drexel University Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2009. He has held a senior reactor operator license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and is a graduate of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management Executive Training Program and the Duke Fuqua School of Business Advanced Management Program.
Lyash is chair of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), an international nonprofit organization for public interest energy and environmental research. Lyash will relocate to Knoxville, TN, with his wife Tracy. Jeff enjoys fly fishing and golfing; together the Lyashes enjoy cooking, skiing, reading and charitable work. They have two married children and nine grandchildren.