Author - Daniel Traynor

Dan Traynor is senior vice president and chief information officer for the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation’s largest public power producer. Traynor was recently recognized by Computerworld Magazine as a Premier 100 IT Leader for 2012.

Traynor’s 34-year career in the electric utility industry has included assignments in power generation, distribution operations and information technology at four companies: Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Southern Company Services, and TVA. Before becoming CIO at TVA, Traynor held senior leadership roles in all the major IT disciplines, including applications, telecommunications, client services and computer operations. He currently represents the electric utility industry on the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC), which provides recommendations to the FCC regarding the security, reliability, and interoperability of communications systems used to ensure public safety.

Prior to joining TVA in April 2010, Traynor was the infrastructure services director for Southern Company’s information technology organization, managing one of the largest corporate computer networks in the Southeast. Traynor’s constant focus on innovation, reliability, sustainability and cost resulted in him being named a finalist for Executive Alliance’s 2007 Data Center Executive of the Year (DaCEY) Award.

Traynor was previously director of Southern Company’s application services, named the best application development organization in the U.S. for the year 2000 by Compass America. He was director of client services from 1996 to 1999, during which time he established the company’s first centralized IT Help Desk, which received Synet Service Corporation's Customer Service Excellence Award in 1998.


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