PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Linda Apsey is President and CEO for ITC Holdings Corp. In this role, she is responsible for the strategic vision and overall business operation of ITC and its subsidiaries. Previously, Mrs. Apsey served as Executive Vice President and Chief Business Unit Officer, leading all aspects of the financial and operational performance of the company.
Mrs. Apsey also has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Business Officer, and President of ITC Michigan where she was responsible for the company’s regulatory, marketing and communications, federal, state and local government affairs, and human resource functions.
Mrs. Apsey 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 Manager, Regulatory Relations, where she was responsible for developing and managing regulatory and communications activities with the Michigan Public Service Commission and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Mrs. Apsey earned her MBA and Bachelor of Science degree in Public Affairs Management from Michigan State University. She is a member of the Business Roundtable and Edison Electric Institute (EEI), and serves on the boards of ITC Holdings Corp., FortisAlberta, The Detroit Economic Club, The Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, Business Leaders for Michigan, the Nature Conservancy (Michigan), and the Board of Trustees at The Henry Ford. She is a past member of the Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee (EAC), the EAC’s Transmission Subcommittee, the Michigan Chamber Board of Directors, the Eli Broad College of Business Alumni Board of Directors at Michigan State University, and the Board of Trustees for Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. In addition, she is past chair of The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) and past President of the Novi Parks Foundation.
JON E. JIPPING
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Jon E. Jipping, Executive Vice President for ITC Holdings Corp. responsible for the development of the Lake Erie Connector Project, a 1000MW HVDC submarine transmission line connecting Ontario, Canada and Pennsylvania. Mr. Jipping was previously the Chief Operating Officer responsible for system operations, planning, engineering, supply chain, field construction and maintenance, and information technology. Before, he was also the Senior VP of 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, he held positions of increasing responsibility in transmission system operations, transmission and subtransmission planning, and service center operations.
Mr. Jipping earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Calvin College and a Masters of Science in electrical engineering with a concentration in power systems from Michigan Technological University.
A registered professional engineer in the state of Michigan, Mr. Jipping was appointed by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to serve on the Board of Trustees of Michigan Technological University. Mr. Jipping also serves on the board of Wataynikaneyap Power PM Inc., an entity owned by FortisOntario, Inc., a subsidiary of Fortis.
GRETCHEN L. HOLLOWAY
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Gretchen Holloway is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for ITC Holdings Corp. In her role, Ms. Holloway is responsible for the company’s accounting, internal audit, treasury, financial planning and analysis, management reporting, risk management, and tax functions. She also heads the company’s overall strategy planning process, new business development efforts, and supports ITC’s continued focus on innovation.
Ms. Holloway served as Vice President, Interim Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since November 2016. Prior to this role, she was Vice President of Finance, responsible for financial planning and analysis, investor relations, and risk management. She also served as a Director within ITC’s grid development organization. Ms. Holloway has extensive experience in finance including financial planning and analysis, investor relations, and mergers and acquisitions. Prior to joining ITC, she held various finance positions at CMS Energy and served as a Financial Consultant at Arthur Andersen.
Ms. Holloway serves on the Board of Directors for Caribbean Utilities Company (TSX:CUP.U) and is also a member of the Audit Committee. She also serves as a finance committee member for the Children’s Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to improving the health and wellness of children by raising and granting philanthropic resources. She is a board member of Inforum, a professional organization designed to accelerate careers for women and boost talent initiatives for companies in Michigan.
Ms. Holloway earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Western Michigan University.
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Brian Slocum is Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for ITC Holdings Corp. In this role, he is responsible for system operations, planning, engineering, supply chain, field construction and maintenance, and information technology. Mr. Slocum has extensive planning and engineering experience at ITC, having previously served as Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Engineering. 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 serves on the board for Ascension Providence Foundation and the advisory boards for North American Transmission Forum and the Michigan Intelligence Operations Center for Homeland Security. He is Chair of the Reliability Issues Steering Committee of NERC.
Mr. Slocum earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Wayne State University and a Master of Business Administration with distinction from the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Mr. Slocum is a registered professional engineer in the state of Michigan.
CHRISTINE MASON SONERAL
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, GENERAL COUNSEL, CORPORATE SECRETARY, AND CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER
Christine Mason Soneral is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Compliance Officer for ITC Holdings Corp. She is responsible for all corporate legal affairs and the leadership of ITC’s Legal Department, which includes the legal, real estate, contract administration, and corporate compliance functions. As Secretary, she ensures the integrity of the company’s governance framework, is responsible for the efficient administration of the company, and implements decisions of the Board of Directors. As Chief Compliance Officer, she is responsible for overseeing the company’s conformity with laws and ensuring compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements through the establishment and implementation of procedures that are effective and efficient in identifying, preventing, detecting and correcting noncompliance with applicable laws and regulations.
Previously, Ms. Mason Soneral was Vice President and General Counsel-Utility Operations 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 in the energy practice. 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 previously served as Chair 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 Board of Visitors, and was a past officer of the Alumni Association Board. Currently, Ms. Mason Soneral is collaborating with the College of Social Science to establish the Institute on Female Leadership. She was honored in 2019 by MSU’s College of Social Science with the prestigious Philanthropist Award. In 2014, Ms. Mason Soneral was recognized by News/Talk Radio WJR-AM 760 as one of Metro Detroit’s distinguished “Women Who Lead.”
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER
Krista Tanner is Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer, ITC Holdings. Ms. Tanner is responsible for ITC’s federal regulatory, government affairs and communications activities, as well as overseeing the strategic direction, community relations and financial performance for ITC’s four operating subsidiaries: ITC Midwest, ITC Great Plains, ITCTransmission and Michigan Electric Transmission Company (METC). Joining ITC in 2014, she previously served as President of ITC Midwest.
Ms. Tanner joined ITC from Alliant Energy, 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. Prior to, she served as a state public utility regulator of the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) under the 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 currently serves on the boards for the American Clean Power Association and Delta Dental of Iowa. She earned a Master of Business Administration from the Tippie School of Management at the University of Iowa, a Juris Doctorate from Drake University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Northern Iowa
JOSEPH F. BENNETT III
VICE PRESIDENT, ENGINEERING
Joseph Bennett is Vice President, Engineering for ITC Holdings Corp. In this role, he 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 was previously the Director of Facilities, Safety and Security where he directed ITC’s overall safety and security programs and was responsible for the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the company’s facilities.
Mr. Bennett has more than 20 years of experience in the electric utility industry including power generation, tariff administration, regulatory affairs, construction management, and transmission operations. Prior to joining ITC in 2006, Mr. Bennett held a variety of roles in engineering, operations and management at Michigan Electric Transmission Company and Consumers Energy.
Mr. Bennett is a member of the Advisory Board of the College of Engineering at Lawrence Technological University. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering with a concentration in energy systems from Michigan Technological University.
VICE PRESIDENT AND DEPUTY GENERAL COUNSEL LEGAL SERVICES
Jenny D’Anna is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel Legal Services for ITC Holdings Corp. She is responsible for the Legal Services group within ITC’s Legal Department, which is composed of the Regulatory & Legislative, Development, Corporate and Securities, Real Estate, Capital Projects and Maintenance, and Business Operations, Contracts and Technology practice areas across the company’s seven-state service territory.
Ms. D’Anna joined ITC in 2010 and most recently served as Assistant General Counsel-Utility Operations for ITC Holdings Corp. Prior to joining ITC, she worked in private practice specializing in real estate transactions.
Among her professional and community affiliations, Ms. D’Anna serves on the board of the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition, a non-profit public/private partnership dedicated to enhancing the economic vitality and quality of life in Southeast Michigan. She also serves on the Michigan State University Tollgate Farm and Education Center’s Special Projects Committee. MSU’s Tollgate Farm provides unique agricultural learning experiences for all ages. She also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Science Center.
Ms. D’Anna holds a Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan.
VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE AND TREASURER
Michael Daranyi is Vice President, Finance and Treasurer for ITC Holdings Corp. He is responsible for all treasury and cash management activities, financial planning and analysis, management reporting and risk management and insurance functions for the company.
Mr. Daranyi began his finance career in 1983. Prior to joining ITC in 2017, he served in various corporate finance management roles with Tucson Electric Power/UNS Energy Corporation, a Fortis company based in Tucson, Arizona. Before joining Tucson Electric/UNS in 1997, Mr. Daranyi served in a variety of finance functions in the medical and business services industries.
Mr. Daranyi holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Arizona.
VICE PRESIDENT, HUMAN RESOURCES AND CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER
Matthew Dills, Vice President, Human Resources and Chief Human Resources Officer, is responsible for all human resource functions for ITC.
Most recently, Mr. Dills served as Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Talent Management at Hylant Inc., where he partnered with executive leadership to lead the human resource strategy and business partnership across the enterprise. Prior to that, he held several positions with First Solar, Inc., including Vice President of Human Resources, Talent, Learning and Organizational Development. While at First Solar he provided business partnership focus and strategic deployment of HR services, including employee/labor relations, compensation, recruitment, and training/organizational development. He also served as Senior Director of Human Resources for The University of Toledo, where he drove the strategic development of HR services, including employee relations, compensation, recruitment, and HRIS.
Mr. Dills holds a Juris Doctor in Law from The University of Toledo, College of Law, and a Master of Arts in Industrial / Organizational Psychology from the University of New Haven. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bowling Green State University.
VICE PRESIDENT, OPERATIONS
Vinit Gupta 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, Safety, Human Performance, Security, Emergency Preparedness and Response, and is the company’s NERC Compliance Officer. Mr. Gupta previously served as Director of Design Engineering where he was responsible for engineering design of transmission lines and substations. Mr. Gupta’s background also includes extensive experience in Operations functions at ITC. Prior to joining ITC in 2013, he worked at Entergy in in operations, IT, NERC compliance and transmission and distribution substation maintenance areas.
Mr. Gupta currently serves on City of Novi, Beautification Commission. Previously, he served as chair of Event Analysis Subcommittee of NERC.
Mr. Gupta earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India and a Master of Sciences in Electrical Engineering from Kansas State University. Mr. Gupta is a NERC certified system operator.
VICE PRESIDENT, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
Matthew Kurpinski is Vice President, Information Technology and Chief Information Officer for ITC Holdings Corp. He is responsible for all Information Technology (IT) activities at ITC, including cyber security initiatives. He supports all corporate infrastructure and applications including the Transmission Management System and Enterprise Resource Planning.
Mr. Kurpinski previously served as Director, Application Support & Development at ITC, responsible for applications development, implementation and support, and served as the CIP Senior Manager.
Mr. Kurpinski joined ITC in 2012. Prior to joining ITC, he worked for 22 years in the automotive sector in information technology and quality systems management.
Mr. Kurpinski earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University.
VICE PRESIDENT, ITC HOLDINGS CORP. AND PRESIDENT, ITC GREAT PLAINS
Brett Leopold is Vice President, ITC Holdings Corp. and President, ITC Great Plains. Mr. Leopold serves as the business unit lead for ITC Great Plains, which received the Kansas Governor’s Award of Excellence in 2015. He previously was Senior Counsel and Practice Group Leader for ITC Great Plains.
Mr. Leopold joined ITC in 2008 as director of regulatory policy and attorney for ITC Great Plains, advocating regulatory objectives and legal positions before state regulators in the SPP region. Prior to joining ITC, he served as an attorney in regulatory and state government affairs positions for Sprint and in legal positions with law firms in Missouri and Kansas, the United States Attorney’s Office in Kansas City, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Mr. Leopold holds a juris doctor degree from Yale Law School and a bachelor’s degree with highest distinction from the University of Kansas, where he was awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship.
Mr. Leopold currently serves on the Southwest Power Pool’s Members Committee and Corporate Governance Committee. He is a board member of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, Missouri Energy Initiative, the KU Honors Program, Friends of Cedar Crest and the American Red Cross of the Capital Area. He is an appointee to the SPARK Economic Revitalization Advisory Panel and advisory council member for the NMSU Center for Public Utilities. Mr. Leopold also serves on the Council of Advisors for the State Chamber of Oklahoma and is a member of the Oklahoma Business Roundtable. He is a volunteer reader for the Audio-Reader Network for Kansas and Western Missouri.
CHARLES L. MARSHALL
VICE PRESIDENT, TRANSMISSION PLANNING
Charles L. Marshall is Vice President of Transmission Planning for ITC Holdings Corp. In this role, he is responsible for identifying all transmission system needs and developing system solutions to ensure the reliable and economic delivery of electricity to customers across ITC’s four operating subsidiaries. Mr. Marshall previously served as Director of Transmission, ITC responsible for ITC’s annual planning assessment to ensure compliance with NERC criteria and facilitating customer interconnections to the transmission system.
Mr. Marshall joined ITC as an associate engineer in 2004. His experiences range from regulatory policy and stakeholder relations to project engineering and business unit planning.
Mr. Marshall earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan-Flint.
VICE PRESIDENT AND CONTROLLER
Amy M. Perlman is Vice President and Controller for ITC Holdings Corp., responsible for the company’s accounting, financial reporting, tax and other related functions. Ms. Perlman previously served as Director and Assistant Controller at ITC, responsible for external reporting, general ledger accounting and business processes, technical accounting policy and research and SOX Compliance.
Prior to joining ITC, Ms. Perlman spent 10 years at Ally Financial (formerly GMAC) serving in a number of leadership roles including Senior Finance Director and Accounting Director. Ms. Perlman began her career in audit services at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Ms. Perlman is a member of the Audit & Finance Committee for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to improving the health and wellness of children by raising and granting philanthropic resources and a member of the Economic Development Leadership Council of the Detroit Regional Chamber.
Ms. Perlman holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan and is a Certified Public Accountant.
VICE PRESIDENT, REGULATORY AND FEDERAL AFFAIRS
Nina Plaushin is Vice President, Regulatory and Federal Affairs for ITC Holdings Corp. Ms. Plaushin has more than 25 years’ experience 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 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. She serves as President of the Americans for Clean Energy Board Grid Board. She is a member of the Keystone Energy Board and serves as a board member for the WIRES Coalition. Nina also served as Chair of the EEI Energy Delivery Executive Advisory Committee 2016-2018.
VICE PRESIDENT, ITC HOLDINGS CORP. AND PRESIDENT, ITC MIDWEST
Dusky Terry is Vice President, ITC Holdings Corp. and President, ITC Midwest . In this role, Mr. Terry serves as the business unit head, providing leadership and strategic direction for ITC Midwest.
A lifelong Iowan, Mr. Terry spent the first half of his career in the public policy arena before joining Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO), an electric generation and transmission cooperative, in 2008, as public affairs strategist. He was promoted to vice president in 2013 and led a team responsible for CIPCO’s business development, wholesale ratemaking, and marketing/energy efficiency programs. More recently, his responsibilities expanded to include long-term resource planning where he played a key role in the deployment of CIPCO’s recent utility-scale solar projects.
Prior to his tenure with CIPCO, he served in Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack’s office as an adviser working to advance the Governor’s policy agenda specializing in agriculture, economic development, energy, transportation, and natural resource policy.
An active community volunteer, Mr. Terry previously served two terms as mayor of Earlham, Iowa. He also held leadership positions on the Better Business Bureau of Iowa Board, Madison County Development Group Board, and Greater Madison County Community Foundation Board.
Mr. Terry is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in public administration. He is based at ITC Midwest’s regional office in Des Moines.
SIMON S. WHITELOCKE
VICE PRESIDENT, ITC HOLDINGS CORP. AND PRESIDENT, ITC MICHIGAN
Simon Whitelocke is Vice President, ITC Holdings Corp. and President, ITC Michigan, which includes the responsibility for both ITCTransmission and METC operating companies. Prior to this role, he was Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for ITC Holdings Corp. where he was responsible for the corporate compliance functions of the company. Mr. Whitelocke also has served in other roles responsible for regulatory affairs, external affairs, and internal audit functions.
Prior to joining ITC, he worked at an energy utility company and in public accounting. 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.
He is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of ReliabilityFirst Corporation and Food Gatherers, a member of the Board of Directors of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Trustees of Detroit Public Television, a member of the Board of Directors of Ann Arbor SPARK, and past President and member of the Board of Trustees of Legacy Land Conservancy.