Rutland, VT – Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) President and CEO Tom Dunn announced today that Kerrick Johnson has agreed to serve as VELCO’s Vice President of Strategic Innovation. Johnson joins VELCO’s senior leadership team, where he will be responsible for all company business development activities and communications work as the company continues to pursue initiatives that deliver grid reliability, cost savings and decarbonization value. This is a return engagement for Johnson having previously served eleven years at VELCO.

“We welcome Kerrick back to VELCO as a catalyst for our strategic growth,” said Dunn. “Kerrick’s relationships, creativity, and passion are unmatched. We are pleased he is joining our team as we broaden and deepen our strategic partnerships, develop new tools and services, and ultimately deliver more value for Vermonters.”

“I am thrilled and grateful to be back,” said Johnson, “These former colleagues have remained close friends. They, like me, have continued to evolve and grow and to now rejoin the team and renew those powerful and productive relationships is an exciting opportunity. VELCO serves a unique role in the state and national energy landscape. The opportunities, and the imperative, to capitalize on the company’s data, fiber optic network, and expert teams have never been greater.” Johnson added, “The time is now and I can’t wait to get started.”

Johnson comes to VELCO with over 30 years in the energy industry, most recently at Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) where he was the Strategy & Corporate Affairs Director responsible for strengthening the firm’s alignment in Vermont, as well as developing opportunities to collaboratively deliver energy efficiency and climate services value in New England, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest. Immediately prior to his VEIC role, Johnson was the Co-Founder and Chief Ecosystem Officer for Utopus Insights, a New York-based energy analytics company formed by IBM, Boston Consulting Group, and VELCO that was acquired in 2018 by Vestas Wind Systems A/S.

Johnson lives in North Middlesex with his wife Mary Ann.


Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) is Vermont’s statewide electric transmission provider, with our sights set on creating a sustainable Vermont through our people, assets, relationships and operating model. Formed in 1956 when local Vermont utilities established the nation’s first “transmission only” company to access clean hydro power from New York, VELCO’s system now includes: 738 miles of transmission lines, 55 substations, switching stations and terminal facilities, 13,000 acres of rights-of-way and a 1,500-mile fiber optic network that monitors and controls the electric system and serves as a key link for Vermonters’ high-speed data internet access. We are owned by the state’s 17 distribution utilities and a benefit corporation. VELCO is a for-profit company with a financial structure designed to return value to our owners, their customers, and to every Vermonter. For more information please visit our website at