Frank W. Donnelly has been appointed President
, Wärtsilä North America, Inc. He is also continuing as Vice President, Power Plants in Wärtsilä North America.
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 Wärtsilä in 1988 in connection wíth the acquisition of SACM. During the 90s, he was active in Wärtsilä'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 Wärtsilä's installation of more than 2500 MW in the region.
After Wärtsilä introduced its gas technology in the late 80s, Mr. Donnelly has worked over the past six years to expand Wärtsilä's North American involvement to extended peaking gas power plants which meet the shaping and intermediate needs of utilities and the industry.