Con Ed powers up legal team with a new general counsel

Consolidated Edison Co. of New York has hired Deneen Donnley (in the photo above) to be its new senior vice president and general counsel . Donnley succeeds Elizabeth Moore, who retired at the end of December.

Donnley came to the company after nine years at the USAA in San Antonio. She was the company’s chief legal officer for the past four years. Before that, she was general counsel of USAA’s federal savings bank. Between 2000 and 2010, Donnley was an SVP, general counsel, and secretary at ING Direct USA, managing its legal and compliance matters.

“We are very fortunate to have someone of Deneen’s caliber on board to lead our legal team,” said John McAvoy, Con Edison’s chairman and CEO, in a statemejnt. “Deneen brings a wealth of experience as a general counsel and as a thought-leading attorney, helping to manage dynamic businesses through a period of fast-paced marketplace change. The challenges Con Edison faces as we move to a renewable, low-carbon energy future where customer needs drive our strategic actions will leverage off her strengths and resourcefulness. Her steadfast community involvement also reflects our corporate values and our concern with the well-being of the communities we serve.”

Donnley’s legal experience also includes six years as a staff attorney for the Federal Reserve in Washington as well as two years at a Wilmington law firm. She also was a budget analyst for the City of New York for two years. She earned a J.D. from Fordham University and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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