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National Grid has named John J. Donleavy executive vice president and chief operating officer for the company's U.S. operations, which includes energy holdings in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island.

In this role, Donleavy will oversee National Grid's electric and gas transmission and distribution; power generation; control center operations; emergency planning; project management and complex construction; resource planning; fleet and material management; and safety, environment and health.

Donleavy was formerly president and CEO of Vermont Electric Power Co. (VELCO), where he led an enterprise-wide business process transformation and spearheaded the largest capital infrastructure construction program in the company's and Vermont's history. He was also president of Lafayette Power Consulting and held positions with PSE&G and Exelon.

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