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 ofCompetitive Energy Markets: The Power of Choice.
Linda H. Blair
Executive Vice President, Chief Business Officer and President, ITC Michigan
Linda H. Blair is Executive Vice President and Chief Business Unit Officer for ITC Holdings Corp. In this role, she is responsible for leading all aspects of the financial and operational performance of the company’s four regulated operating companies. Ms. Blair also serves as the President for ITC Michigan, which includes ITCTransmission and METC operating companies. In this role, she oversees ITC’s regulated operating companies and business functions, including stakeholder relations, state legislative affairs, community and government affairs, philanthropy, and business unit capital, finance and rates. Previously, Ms. Blair served as Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer where she was responsible for the company’s regulatory, marketing and communications, federal, state and local government affairs, and human resource functions.
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 held a variety of positions at Detroit Edison including the Regulatory Relations 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 her 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 Novi Parks Foundation and the Board of Trustees for Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. She is a past member of the Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee (EAC), the EAC’s Transmission Subcommittee and past chair of The Heat and Warmth Fund, THAW.
Rejji P. Hayes
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Mr. Hayes, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer for ITC Holdings Corp., is responsible for the company's accounting, internal audit, investor relations, treasury, financial planning and analysis, management reporting, mergers and acquisitions, risk management, and tax 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. In 2014, Mr. Hayes received recognition from Crain’s Detroit Business and The Michigan Chronicle by being named to their distinguished 40 Under 40 lists of rising executives.
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 for ITC Holdings Corp., is responsible for control room operations, transmission system planning, system operations, engineering, supply chain, field construction and maintenance, safety 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, U.S. Regulated Grid Development
Daniel J. Oginsky is Executive Vice President, U.S. Regulated Grid Development for ITC Holdings Corp. In this role, he is responsible for leading the company’s growth and expansion through new investments in regulated electric transmission infrastructure across the United States. Immediately prior to this appointment, Mr. Oginsky was Executive Vice President and General Counsel, and had served as the ITC’s general counsel since he joined the company in 2004. As general counsel, Mr. Oginsky helped lead the company through its initial public offering, acquisitions of Michigan Electric Transmission Company, LLC and ITC Midwest, LLC, and initiation of its business development efforts in Kansas and Oklahoma. He also led a legal department team that advised and supported business efforts across the company, including transactional, business development, and regulatory initiatives, and managed the company’s corporate compliance program, real estate function, and other corporate functions. Prior to joining ITC, Mr. Oginsky practiced energy regulatory law at the federal and state level at law firms in Washington, D.C. and Lansing, Michigan.
Mr. Oginsky serves on the Advisory Board of Directors for Belle Tire, Inc., a tire and wheel retailer headquartered in Allen Park, Michigan. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Hero Town, U.S.A., a non-profit organization based in his hometown of Flint, Michigan, and the Board of Visitors for James Madison College at Michigan State University.
Mr. Oginsky graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree, and earned his Juris Doctor degree from George Washington 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.
Christine Mason Soneral
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Christine Mason Soneral is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for ITC Holdings Corp., where she is responsible for all corporate legal affairs and the leadership of ITC's Legal Department, which includes the legal, corporate secretary, real estate, contract administration and corporate compliance functions. Prior to this role, Ms. Mason Soneral was Vice President and General Counsel-Utility Operations and was responsible for legal matters connected with the operations, capital projects, contract, regulatory, property and litigation issues of ITC's four regulated transmission company subsidiaries.
Ms. Mason Soneral has extensive legal experience in the energy, public utility and telecommunications industries. She joined ITC in 2007 from Dykema, a leading national law firm where she was a partner. While in private practice, Ms. Mason Soneral represented clients before state and federal trial courts, appellate courts and regulatory agencies.
Ms. Mason Soneral received her Juris Doctorate degree from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law- Bloomington. While in law school, she authored and published an article in the Federal Communications Law Journal, the nation's oldest and largest circulation communications law journal. Ms. Mason Soneral graduated with high honors from Michigan State University where she earned a bachelor's degree in Pre-Law/Political Science. She also was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society, which recognizes students with high ethical standards and who are ranked scholastically in the top of their class regardless of field of study.
In 2014, Ms. Mason Soneral was appointed to the board of Citizens Research Council, a privately funded, not-for-profit public affairs research organization. Ms. Mason Soneral also currently serves as an officer of the State Bar of Michigan's Council of Administrative and Regulatory Law Section and previously was appointed to serve two terms on the State Bar's Judicial Qualifications Committee. Ms. Mason Soneral is actively engaged with Michigan State University's College of Social Science as a guest lecturer, a member of the Department of Political Science's External Advisory Board, and was a past officer of the Alumni Association Board. Currently, Ms. Mason Soneral is collaborating with the College of Social Science on a women's leadership initiative. Ms. Mason Soneral was recognized in 2014 as one of Metro Detroit’s distinguished “Women Who Lead."
Vice President, Engineering
Joseph Bennett is Vice President, Engineering for ITC Holdings Corp. and is responsible for the Asset Management, Design and Project Engineering functions as they support the capital and maintenance programs for ITC’s operating entities. Mr. Bennett brings significant experience in the areas of nuclear power plant engineering, facilities operations and management, transmission tariff administration, transmission construction, regulatory affairs and transmission operations. Mr. Bennett holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering with a concentration in energy systems from Michigan Technological University. Most recently, he directed the company’s overall safety and security programs, and was responsible for the day to day operations and maintenance of ITC’s facilities over a seven-state region. Prior to joining ITC, Bennett held a variety of positions in engineering, operations and management at both Michigan Electric Transmission Company and Consumers Energy.
Terry S. Harvill, Ph.D.
Vice President, International and Merchant Development
Terry Harvill is Vice President of International and Merchant Development for ITC Holdings Corp. In this role, Dr. Harvill is responsible for driving the company’s growth and expansion internationally and domestically through merchant and other commercial development opportunities. Previously, he served as Vice President, Grid Development where he was responsible for all transmission development opportunities at ITC, including new projects, strategic business alliances and acquisition opportunities. Dr. Harvill was also responsible for identifying, developing and implementing company positions and strategies on key energy policy issues that impact ITC and its customers as its 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. He also served as a Commissioner of the Illinois Commerce Commission, the State of Illinois' Public Utility Commission; Illinois Governor Jim Edgar's Assistant for Business and Economic Development; and Senior Policy Advisor to the Chairman and 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 recognized with 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, 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 Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for ITC Holdings Corp. He leads all cyber security functions, 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, Finance
Gretchen Holloway is Vice President of Finance for ITC Holdings Corp., responsible for financial planning and analysis, investor relations and risk management functions. Previously, she served as director, finance, special projects and investor relations with her role expanded more recently to include oversight of financial planning and analysis and risk management.
Ms. Holloway has extensive experience in financial planning and analysis, investor relations, and mergers and acquisitions. She also has served as a director within ITC’s grid development organization. Ms. Holloway holds a Bachelor in Business Administration degree in finance from Western Michigan University. Prior to joining ITC, Holloway held various finance positions at CMS Energy and served as a senior consultant at Arthur Andersen.
Vice President, Business Unit Finance and Rates
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, Regulatory and Federal Affairs
Nina Plaushin is Vice President, Regulatory and Federal Affairs for ITC Holdings Corp. Ms. Plaushin has more than 20 years' experience in managing government and regulatory policy at the federal and state levels. She is responsible for the company's federal and regional regulatory functions. She also heads the Washington, D.C., office and is responsible for the company's federal affairs activities. 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, she 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, Regulated Grid Development
Kristine M. Schmidt is Vice President, Regulated Grid Development for ITC Holdings Corp. She is responsible for leading the company’s growth efforts in various regions through investment in regulated transmission infrastructure. Ms. Schmidt previously served as the business unit head for ITC Great Plains, where she also supported the company's development efforts in the Great Plains region.
Ms. Schmidt has more than 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 serves on the boards of the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce 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, Operations
Brian Slocum is Vice President of Operations for ITC Holdings Corp. In this role he has responsibility for control room and system operations that support ITC’s four operating companies, NERC Compliance and Emergency Preparedness and Response. Mr. Slocum previously served as Vice President of Engineering, where he was responsible for the Design, Project Engineering and Asset Management functions in support of the capital and maintenance programs at the aforementioned operating companies. Mr. Slocum’s background also includes extensive experience in the planning functions 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 for ITC Holdings Corp., 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. and President, ITC Midwest
Krista Tanner is Vice President, ITC Holdings Corp. and President, ITC Midwest, where she serves as business unit lead providing leadership, strategic direction as well as responsibility for operating and financial performance for ITC Midwest.
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 directed the company’s regional and federal regulatory policy group and led the company’s legal strategy across regulatory jurisdictions. Ms. 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, and organizational performance. 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
Thomas W. Vitez is Vice President of Planning for ITC Holdings Corp. and is responsible for all system planning for ITC’s four 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, Mr. Vitez 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 and Chief Compliance Officer
Simon Whitelocke is Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for ITC Holdings Corp. where he is responsible for the corporate compliance functions of the company. Mr. Whitelocke previously served as Vice President for Regulatory and External Affairs for ITC and previously as the Executive Director for ITCTransmission and METC, in which he was responsible for the overall performance of both subsidiaries 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.