After graduating from Rice University, Houston, Texas, Donnelly began his career with the French engine manufacturer, SACM, as its head of North American operations. During this period, he focused primarily on offshore generation for semi-submersibles and standby power for nuclear plants.
Donnelly joined Wartsila in 1988 in connection wíth the acquisition of SACM. During the 1990s, he was active in Wartsila's Power Development and sales of power plants in Central America and Caribbean. He participated in the earliest independent power plant developments in the Caribbean Basin and led Wartsila's installation of more than 2500 MW in the region.
After Wartsila introduced its gas technology in the late 1980s, Donnelly has worked over the past six years to expand Wartsila's North American involvement to extended peaking gas power plants, which meet the shaping and intermediate needs of utilities and the industry.
"Our challenge today is to continue to provide our power partners with innovative, competitive and environmentally friendly energy solutions, while assuring reliable long-term customer support. To do this, we are investing in our people worldwide and at all levels because, after all, it is through our network of dedicated Wartsila professionals that we are able to assure our commitment," said Donnelly regarding his new responsibility as the President of Wartsila in North America.
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