The Tennessee Valley Authority’s board has chosen a former energy chief from North Carolina to succeed retiring Tom Kilgore as the chief executive of the nation’s largest public utility.

Dippin’ Dots founder Curt Jones resigned as CEO yesterday as part of an agreement reached with Regions Bank. The agreement allows the novelty ice-cream company to borrow an additional 1.25 million dollars to maintain operations until the business can be auctioned off. Regions Bank refused to give the loan unless Jones resigned. Dippin’ Dots filed for federal bankruptcy protection last November to prevent foreclosure on more than 11 million dollars in loans.