National Grid US Names New Chief Operating Officer

  National Grid US Names New Chief Operating Officer

     John J. Donleavy Brings a Wealth of Utility Experience and Expertise

Business Wire

WALTHAM, Mass. -- March 25, 2013

National Grid US President Tom King is pleased to announce that John J.
Donleavy has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
for National Grid’s US operations. National Grid is one of the nation’s
largest energy companies, serving more than three million electric and three
million natural gas customers in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island.
National Grid also owns a fleet of generation plants on Long Island.

John J. Donleavy has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating
Officer for National Gr ...

John J. Donleavy has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating
Officer for National Grid’s US operations (Photo: Business Wire)

According to King, Donleavy has more than 30 years of experience successfully
leading operations and overseeing transformational strategic initiatives at
some of the nation’s leading electric and natural gas utilities.

“I am delighted that John has joined National Grid at this critical time in
the energy industry,” King said. “His considerable experience and expertise
will be invaluable as we work to create the utility of the future, delivering
outstanding service to our customers, our communities and our region for years
to come.”

Donleavy was President and CEO of Vermont Electric Power Company (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. His successful working partnerships with
state and federal government leaders, energy regulators, regional transmission
owners and operators, and the Army Corps of Engineers allowed them to rebuild
and reinforce the state and regional transmission network. Under Donleavy’s
leadership, VELCO was awarded the federally-sponsored and state-recognized
SHARP accreditation for safety, earned federal and state recognition for
environmental stewardship, received Project Management Institute’s 2008
Distinguished Project Award, and was named to Vermont Business Magazine's Top
10 Places to work.

Reporting directly to King, Donleavy will oversee all aspects of National
Grid’s US Operations including electric and gas transmission and distribution,
generation, LNG, control center operations, emergency planning, project
management and complex construction, resource planning, fleet and material
management, and safety, environment and health.

Most recently, Donleavy was President of Lafayette Power Consulting (LPC). LPC
provides expertise to Fortune 500 energy companies in their growth and
business development strategy, including mergers and acquisitions, emergency
planning and response, and consulting services to achieve business and
operational excellence in electric generation, distribution and transmission.

Donleavy has also held positions with PSE&G and Exelon, and is a past Vice
Chairman of the North American Transmission Forum.

About National Grid

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:NGG) is an electricity and gas company that
connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. The company is at
the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society - to create
new, sustainable energy solutions for the future and developing an energy
system that underpins economic prosperity in the 21st century.

In Great Britain, we deliver gas and electricity across the country. In the
northeast US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to
vital energy sources. National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3
million customers in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. It manages the
electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island
Power Authority (LIPA), and owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted
electricity generation, providing power to over one million LIPA customers.

National Grid is also the largest distributor of natural gas in northeastern
U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in New York, Massachusetts,
and Rhode Island.

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