William D. Johnson

William D. Johnson

CEO and President, PG&E Corporation; Director, Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Mr. Johnson brings decades of utility experience and leadership as a utility industry executive. He concluded a more than six-year tenure as President and CEO of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) from 2012 to April 2019, leading the nation’s largest publicly owned utility in its mission of providing energy, environmental stewardship and economic development across a seven-state region. Prior to his tenure at the TVA, Mr. Johnson was the Chairman, President and CEO of Progress Energy.


During Mr. Johnson's tenure at TVA, the organization achieved the best safety records in its 85-year history and has been a perennial top-decile safety performer in the utility industry. Mr. Johnson led the retirement of more than half of TVA's coal generation, resulting in a reduction of TVA's carbon emissions by about 50 percent over the last decade. He also oversaw TVA's expansion into utility scale solar in recent years, with the addition of approximately 1,000 megawatts (mWs), and pursued the modernization of its hydro assets to increase the overall amount of renewable resources. Under his leadership, more than 50 percent of TVA's energy came from non-greenhouse gas emitting sources.


Throughout his career in the energy industry, Mr. Johnson has collaborated closely with elected officials and other community leaders to deliver safe and reliable energy to millions of customers.