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June 18th, 2013
PEC picks new CEO


John D. Hewa.


Pedernales Electric Cooperative has tabbed John D. Hewa as its new chief executive officer (CEO).

Hewa is vice president of research, engineering and technical services for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) in Arlington, VA. He previously was general manager for Talquin Electric Cooperative in Florida and director of utilities for the City of Manassas, VA. He holds a bachelor degree in electrical engineering, masters in engineering management and is licensed professional engineer.

“PEC has a long-standing reputation of excellence in an industry that is now undergoing significant change,” Hewa said. “My mission is to work closely with members to understand what they are experiencing and how PEC can improve service. I appreciate and I am honored that the board selected me to lead this co-op at this critical time.”

PEC began a national search in February for a new CEO. He will begin on July 22, replacing RB Sloan, who left the cooperative in March. Former chief financial officer Frank Skube has been acting as Interim CEO.

“John impressed the board with his knowledge of new technologies that can create efficiencies while improving services,” PEC Board President Kathy Scanlon said. “The board voted unanimously in support of John, whose leadership will allow PEC to implement progressive programs that improve our members’ experience while still controlling costs.”

PEC is the nation’s largest distribution electric cooperative with more than 250,000 meters and a service territory of 8,100 square miles. As of 2012, the Co-op had more than $1.3 billion in plant assets and posted a net margin of nearly $47 million.

“I am thankful for this wonderful opportunity to help shape the future of PEC by giving particular attention to member expectations,” Hewa said. “My goal is to have a long-lasting and positive impact on the member experience. That’s one way PEC and all cooperatives can truly distinguish themselves from other electric providers.”

Hewa is married and has three daughters.

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