Joseph L. Welch
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
As Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Welch is responsible for the strategic vision and overall business operation of ITC Holdings and its subsidiaries. Under Mr. Welch's leadership, ITC and its subsidiaries have been singularly focused on investing in the high-voltage transmission system in order to provide best-in-class service to customers and pursuing transmission infrastructure improvements that will increase reliability, reduce constraints and lower the total cost of delivered energy. Mr. Welch is a leading voice in energy policy development that will support an evolving energy future and national economic development.
Since the beginning of his career in the utility business in 1971, Mr. Welch has held positions of increasing responsibility in the electricity transmission, distribution, rates, load research, marketing, pricing, and regulatory affairs that included the development and implementation of regulatory strategies. He established ITCTransmission as a stand-alone entity from its parent corporation in 2003 in Michigan and, as the largest fully independent transmission company in America, ITC and its subsidiaries now span across a seven state region.
Mr. Welch has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Michigan.
Mr. Welch is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce and recently served as Chairman of its 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Economic Club. He also is a member of Business Roundtable, the Council on Competitiveness and the Advisory Board of the University of Kansas' College of Engineering. Mr. Welch also is the co-author of Competitive Energy Markets: The Power of Choice.
Linda H. Blair
Executive Vice President, Chief Business Officer
Linda H. Blair is Executive Vice President, Chief Business Officer for ITC Holdings Corp. In this role, she oversees ITC’s regulated operating companies and essential business support functions, including regulatory strategy, federal and state legislative affairs, community and government affairs, human resources, marketing and communications.
Ms. Blair was formerly Senior Vice President of Business Strategy for ITC. In that capacity, she was responsible for the development and execution of ITC’s short- and long-term strategic planning, as well as ITC’s Grid Development subsidiary.
Ms. Blair was Manager of Transmission Policy and Business Planning for ITC when the organization was a subsidiary of DTE Energy. Prior to that role, she was a Supervisor of Regulatory Relations in Detroit Edison’s Regulatory Affairs organization, where she was responsible for developing and managing regulatory and communications activities with the Michigan Public Service Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Ms. Blair earned an MBA and bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs Management from Michigan State University. She serves on the boards of The Michigan Chamber of Commerce, The Heat and Warmth (THAW) Fund and the Novi Parks Foundation. She is a past member of the Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee (EAC) and the EAC’s Transmission Subcommittee.
Rejji P. Hayes
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Mr. Hayes, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, is responsible for the company's accounting, internal audit, investor relations, treasury, financial planning and analysis, management reporting, and risk management and insurance functions of the company.
Before joining ITC, he was Assistant Treasurer and Director, Corporate Finance and Financial Strategy at Exelon Corporation in Chicago, where he was responsible for developing the company’s financial strategy and planning, structuring and executing all debt and equity financings. He also served as Vice President, Mergers and Acquisitions at Lazard Freres & Co. LLC where he provided strategic and corporate finance advisory services for corporate clients and private equity firms. Previously, Mr. Hayes served in a variety of financial leadership roles with financial institutions and investment banks. He is an Alumni Trustee of Phillips Andover Academy and a Board Member of the Cranbrook Institute of Science. He previously served on the Boards of The University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the McGaw YMCA prior to relocating to Michigan.
Mr. Hayes holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s Degree from Amherst College.
Jon E. Jipping
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
Jon E. Jipping, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, is responsible for transmission system planning, system operations, engineering, supply chain, field construction and maintenance, information technology, facilities and security. Mr. Jipping was previously Senior Vice President of Engineering, responsible for transmission system design, maintenance and project engineering, after being promoted from Director of Engineering.
Prior to joining ITC in 2003, Mr. Jipping joined Detroit Edison in Engineering Research in 1989. During his career at Detroit Edison, Mr. Jipping held positions of increasing responsibility in Transmission System Operations; Transmission and Sub transmission Planning; and Service Center Operations. Mr. Jipping earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Calvin College and a Master's of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, concentrating in power systems, from Michigan Technological University. A registered professional engineer in the state of Michigan, Mr. Jipping currently chairs the Michigan Technological University's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering External Advisory Committee. Mr. Jipping also resides on the Edison Electric Institutes' CEO Policy Committee on Energy Delivery and is a member of the North American Transmission Forum.
Daniel J. Oginsky
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Daniel J. Oginsky is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for ITC Holdings Corp. In this role, he is responsible for the legal affairs of the company and oversees ITC's Legal Department, which includes the legal, corporate secretary, real estate, contract administration and corporate compliance functions.
Prior to joining ITC in 2004, Mr. Oginsky served in private practice in Washington, D.C. and Lansing, Michigan, with a primary focus on energy matters. While in private practice, Mr. Oginsky advised and advocated for clients on regulatory, administrative litigation, legislative, transactional, property tax and other matters.
Mr. Oginsky earned his Juris Doctor degree from George Washington University and his bachelor's degree from Michigan State University. He recently was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award by Michigan State University’s James Madison College in recognition of his public service, support of the college, and success in his career.
Mr. Oginsky is a member of the advisory Board of Directors of Belle Tire, Inc., the Providence Health Foundation Board of Trustees, and the Board of Visitors for James Madison College at Michigan State University. He also is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Washington, D.C. Bar.
Vice President, Human Resources, and Chief Human Resources Officer
Kevin Burke, Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer, is responsible for all human resource functions for ITC.
Most recently, Mr. Burke served as Vice President of Human Resources for Global Corporate Functions, at Dow Corning Corporation, where he led Human Resources for all global functions including manufacturing, research and development, marketing and sales, and corporate functions. Mr. Burke also served as Vice President of Human Resources for Hemlock Semiconductor, a subsidiary of Dow Corning. He also served as Senior Director of Human Resources and Talent Management for Pulte Homes, Inc., where he provided HR leadership for departments across multiple locations while leading talent management initiatives for approximately 5,000 employees. Additionally, Mr. Burke held Human Resource positions with General Mills and Motorola, Inc. and served as a Labor Relations Representative with General Motors.
Mr. Burke holds a Master of Business Administration, Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, a Master of Arts in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from Michigan State University.
Terry S. Harvill, Ph.D.
Vice President, ITC Grid Development
Terry Harvill is Vice President of ITC Grid Development for ITC Holdings Corp. In this role, Dr. Harvill is responsible for the development and execution of the company's strategic plan related to transmission development. He is responsible for the identification, investigation, and implementation of transmission development opportunities including new transmission projects, strategic business alliances, and acquisition opportunities. Previously, he was responsible for identifying, developing and implementing company positions and strategies on key energy policy issues that impact ITC and its customers as Vice President of Energy Policy.
Prior to joining ITC, Dr. Harvill was Vice President of Energy Policy for Constellation Energy Resources, Inc. where he was responsible for Constellation's regulatory and government affairs in North America. Previously, Dr. Harvill was Director of Regulatory Policy and Operations for DTE Energy Company. Dr. Harvill also served as a Commissioner of the Illinois Commerce Commission, the State of Illinois' Public Utility Commission. Prior to assuming this position, Dr. Harvill served as Illinois Governor Jim Edgar's Assistant for Business and Economic Development. He has also served as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Chairman and as a Senior Economist in the Public Utilities Division of the Illinois Commerce Commission.
Dr. Harvill received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his Master of Science Degree and Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from the Illinois State University. Dr. Harvill was awarded the Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40 Award in 1998, and in 2000, he was selected as one of twenty U.S. participants in the European Union Visitors Program, the International Leader Program of the European Union. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Zoological Society and also serves as a member of the Zoo’s Building Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of the Department of Economics at Illinois State University, the Harvard Electricity Policy Group, and the Renewable Energy Advisory Board at Illinois State University.
Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
Ron Hinsley is the Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for ITC Holdings Corp. He leads all Information Technology (IT) activities and supports all corporate applications including the Transmission Management System and Enterprise Resource Planning for ITC.
Mr. Hinsley has more than 20 years of information systems experience in the energy industry. He joined ITC in January 2013 from Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation, the operators of the Wolf Creek Generating Station in Kansas. In that role, he managed all information services strategy and operations, as well as critical infrastructure protection (CIP) compliance and IT governance functions. Prior to his role at Wolf Creek, Hinsley served as Vice President and CIO for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas and the former Aquila, Inc. Mr. Hinsley also served as a North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) CIP-compliance consultant for CPS Energy, where he implemented a NERC CIP-compliant infrastructure to serve the company's energy development operations.
Hinsley holds a Bachelor of Science degree from College of St. Mary in Omaha, Nebraska.
Vice President, ITC Holdings Corp. and President, ITC Michigan
Gregory Ioanidis, Vice President of ITC Holdings Corp. and President, ITC Michigan, is responsible for the strategic direction, planning, reporting, and operating and financial performance of the ITC Michigan business unit. Previously, he was Vice President of Business Strategy responsible for regulatory affairs, transmission pricing, state governmental and legislative affairs, stakeholder relations, community and government affairs and internal and external communications. Prior to joining ITC Holdings Corp., Mr. Ioanidis was the principal analyst in the Transmission/Business Development and Strategy Department at Detroit Edison, where he worked on the transmission strategic business plan, culminating with the formation of subsidiary ITC, and supported regulatory strategy and advocacy efforts related to the independent transmission company business model.
Mr. Ioanidis is a member of the Board of Directors of the new Michigan Science Center and the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition. He also is a member of the Economic Development Leadership Council of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Ioanidis earned an Honors' Bachelor of Mathematics in actuarial science with a minor in statistics from the University of Waterloo. He also earned an MBA with a minor in production/operations from the University of Windsor.
Christine Mason Soneral
Vice President and General Counsel, Utility Operations
Christine Mason Soneral, Vice President and General Counsel, Utility Operations, is responsible for legal matters connected with the operations, capital projects, contract, regulatory, property and litigation issues of ITC's independent transmission company subsidiaries.
Ms. Mason Soneral has extensive legal experience in the energy, telecommunications and public utility industries. Ms. Mason Soneral joined ITC in 2007 from Dykema, a leading national law firm where she was a partner. She has represented clients before various state and federal courts and administrative tribunals.
Ms. Mason Soneral earned a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Indiana University. She serves on the Judicial Qualification Committee of the State Bar of Michigan, the Council of Administrative and Regulatory Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, the board of the College of Social Sciences Alumni Association at Michigan State University, and recently was appointed to Michigan State University's Department of Political Science External Advisory Board.
Wendy A. McIntyre
Vice President and General Counsel, Enterprise Operations and Secretary, ITC Holdings Corp.
Ms. McIntyre is the Vice President and General Counsel, Enterprise Operations and Secretary for ITC Holdings Corp. In her position, she is responsible for managing holding company legal matters, including public company SEC and NYSE compliance and reporting, securities and financing activities, shareholder services and equity administration, development and transactional work, human resources matters, and lobbying and PAC compliance/administration. Ms. McIntyre also serves as the Secretary to ITC's Board of Directors.
Prior to joining ITC in 2007, Ms. McIntyre was in-house counsel for a utility company where she focused on real estate, environmental and corporate securities and finance matters.
Ms. McIntyre earned her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Detroit – Mercy School of Law and her Bachelor of Science degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is admitted to the State Bar of Michigan.
Vice President, Federal Affairs
Nina Plaushin is Vice President, Federal Affairs for ITC Holdings Corp. She brings more than 20 years' experience in managing government and regulatory policy at the federal and state levels. Ms. Plaushin heads the Washington, D.C., office where she represents ITC before Congress on legislative matters and works with key regulatory agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Department of Energy.
Prior to joining ITC, Ms. Plaushin served as Vice President of External Affairs at WPPI Energy, a regional power company serving 50 customer-owned electric utilities in Wisconsin, Michigan's Upper Peninsula and Iowa. In this capacity, she was responsible for federal and state government relations activities for the company as well as corporate communications. She was Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Wisconsin- based American Transmission Company, which included regulatory oversight of the company's environmental and permitting functions. Ms. Plaushin also served as Manager of Federal Regulatory Affairs at PPL, an investor-owned utility headquartered in Allentown, Pa., in its Washington, D.C., office.
Ms. Plaushin assisted a variety of energy and environmental clients as Vice President at Hill & Knowlton, one of the largest communications consulting firms in the world, and Van Ness, Feldman & Curtis, a DC-based law firm. Before entering the private sector,
Plaushin worked for several members of Congress including Senator Lowell P. Weicker, Jr. (R-CT), Senator Spark Matsunaga (D-HI), and C. Thomas McMillen (D-MD).
Ms. Plaushin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.
Kristine M. Schmidt
Vice President, ITC Holdings Corp., President, ITC Great Plains
Kristine M. Schmidt is Vice President of ITC Holdings Corp. and President, ITC Great Plains, where she serves as the business unit head for ITC Great Plains and will be responsible for supporting the company's development efforts in the Great Plains region.
Ms. Schmidt has over 25 years of electric industry experience. Before joining ITC in 2012, Ms. Schmidt was one of the two founding partners of ESPY Energy Solutions, LLC. Previous experience includes serving as director of Transmission Business Development for Xcel Energy with responsibility for developing and implementing business plans to assure adequate transmission infrastructure. Prior to this position, her responsibilities at Xcel energy included developing and executing FERC regulatory filings and overseeing the administration of FERC regulatory rules and procedures.
Ms. Schmidt sits on the boards of the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce, the GridWise Alliance, Kansas Capital Area Red Cross and the Oklahoma Business Roundtable. She also has served as an Advisor to FERC Commissioner Nora Mead Brownell, primarily advising on electricity matters, including these major initiatives: FERC's Market-Based Rate rules, standards of conduct rules, Order 890 OATT Reform, and the suite of Energy Policy Act of 2005 provisions including Mandatory Reliability Standards, PUHCA repeal, transmission incentives, transmission siting, anti-market-manipulation provisions, and implementation of FERC's civil penalty authority. Ms. Schmidt began her career at Wisconsin Power & Light working in the electric conservation and demand-side management areas and in 1992 joined Northern States Power Company where she managed wholesale marketing and natural gas marketing functions.
Ms. Schmidt earned a master's degree in public policy from Georgetown University; a master's degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota; and a bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Vice President – Engineering
Brian Slocum is the Vice President of Engineering. In this role he has responsibility for the Asset Management, Design and Project Engineering functions as they support the capital and maintenance programs for all of ITC’s operating subsidiaries. Prior to becoming Vice President of Engineering, Mr. Slocum held the position of Director of Engineering where he was responsible for the Design and Project Engineering functions and the capital programs at the aforementioned operating companies.
Before joining the Engineering group, Mr. Slocum was a Principal Engineer in the System Planning department at ITC. Prior to joining ITC in 2003, he worked at Detroit Edison in the industrial power, sub-transmission planning, distribution planning and operations areas.
Mr. Slocum earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Wayne State University and a Master of Business Administration with distinction from University of Michigan-Dearborn. Mr. Slocum is a registered professional engineer in the state of Michigan.
Fred G. Stibor
Vice President and Controller
Fred G. Stibor, Vice President and Controller, is responsible for the company's accounting, financial reporting, tax and other related functions. Mr. Stibor previously served as Director of Financial Reporting and Tax and directed the accounting and reporting efforts around the company's 2005 initial public offering and the successful acquisitions at ITC subsidiaries Michigan Electric Transmission Company LLC in 2006 and ITC Midwest LLC in 2007.
Prior to joining ITC, he was a senior manager in the audit practice at Deloitte and Touche and gained extensive experience in the public utility industry. Mr. Stibor earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Michigan and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Vice President, ITC Holdings Corp., President, ITC Midwest
Krista Tanner is Vice President, ITC Holdings Corp. and President, ITC Midwest, where she serves as business unit head and provides leadership and strategic direction.
Ms. Tanner joined ITC from Alliant Energy, a Wisconsin-based public utility holding company, where she served as director of regulatory policy. While at Alliant she created the company’s regional and federal policy groups and led the development of the company’s legal strategy across regulatory jurisdictions. Tanner previously served as a board member of the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) under appointment by Gov. Chet Culver. At the IUB she provided leadership in strategic planning, policy issues, organizational performance and improved stakeholder communications. Earlier in her career, Ms. Tanner was an associate attorney and shareholder at Dickinson, Mackaman, Tyler & Hagen, P.C.
Ms. Tanner holds a Juris Doctor from Drake University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration from the Tippie School of Management at the University of Iowa.
Thomas W. Vitez
Vice President, Planning
As Vice President of Planning, Mr. Vitez, formerly Director of Reliability Planning for ITC subsidiaries ITCTransmission and Michigan Electric Transmission Company, LLC (METC®), is responsible for all system planning for ITC’s operating subsidiaries. Mr. Vitez joined ITC as principal engineer in transmission projects in 2001 when ITCTransmission was established as a separate subsidiary of Detroit Edison.
Mr. Vitez earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a master of business administration degree from the University of Michigan. He began his career in the utility industry in 1981 with Cleveland Electric Illuminating Company, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy. He joined Detroit Edison in 1992. During his career, he has been responsible for residential development of distribution systems, demand side management options, transmission planning and reliability planning.
Mr. Vitez serves on a variety of industry working groups and panels and is past chairman of the East Central Area Reliability Council's (ECAR) Future System Study Group as well as the ECAR Transmission System Performance Panel Working Group. He also served on the North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) Distribution Factors Task Force and is past chair of the Midwest Independent System operator (Midwest ISO) Expansion Planning Group and currently participates in Midwest ISO's Planning Advisory Committee.
Simon S. Whitelocke
Vice President, Regulatory and External Affairs
Simon Whitelocke is Vice President of Regulatory and External Affairs. He oversees a number of departments including: Regulatory & Stakeholder Relations, Local & Community Governmental Affairs, State Governmental Affairs, and Marketing & Communications. Prior to this role, Mr. Whitelocke served as the Executive Director for ITCTransmission and METC®, in which he was responsible for the overall performance of both ITCTransmission and METC® and Director, Internal Audit, in which he was responsible for the company's internal audit function.
Prior to joining ITC, he was a Principal Financial Consultant for DTE Energy. Mr. Whitelocke earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting from the University of Toronto and an MBA in finance and management from Michigan State University.