CarterBaldwin Leading CEO Search for Cobb Electric Membership Corp.

October 23, 2017 – Cobb Electric Membership Corp. (Cobb EMC) has announced a succession plan to replace president and CEO Chip Nelson, who is retiring after 45 years with the Marietta, GA-based electric cooperative. The company selected CarterBaldwin Executive Search to help identify, evaluate and transition to the next CEO. Mr. Nelson will continue in his post until a successor is appointed.

“Under Nelson’s direction, this cooperative has been largely transformed for the better,” said Tripper Sharp, chairman of Cobb EMC’s board of directors. “We’re grateful for his service to our cooperative, and we’re focused on finding the next great leader who will continue to set the bar high, pushing for transparency and accountability.”

CarterBaldwin will conduct a national search for candidates to lead one of the nation’s largest electric cooperatives, which serves more than 180,000 residential and commercial members.

“Cobb EMC’s fiscal and operational strength will attract a level of talent that will align with the cooperative’s vision and garner continued successes, such as maintaining one of the nation’s most technologically advanced distribution systems while still providing some of the lowest rates in the state,” said Chris Guiney, partner and energy practice leader for CarterBaldwin. “We’re excited to have been chosen to help identify the next leader of the cooperative, and we look forward to leading the search effort on behalf of Cobb EMC’s board of directors.”

Cobb Electric, a not-for-profit cooperative, delivers electricity to members in Cobb, Bartow, Cherokee, Fulton, and Paulding counties. Its distribution system consists of more than 9,000 miles of line over 432 square miles. With more than 200,000 meters served, Cobb EMC is one of the largest of Georgia’s 41 EMCs and among the largest of the nation’s 900 EMCs.


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CarterBaldwin leads searches for a wide range of companies, from non-profits to small, unique niche businesses to a $1 billion manufacturer. The firm recently led searches for presidents at Young LifeFellowship of Christian Athletes, Marketplace Ministries, National Christian Foundation and the Chick-fil-A WinShape Foundation.

Mr. Guiney’s clients include energy, power, utilities, communications and infrastructure businesses as well as professional services firms. For over 25 years, he has assisted companies with critical team building initiatives including executive search, succession planning, executive effectiveness and organizational design.

Trade Associations Turn to Search Firms

A variety of non-profit trade associations have turned to executive search firms in recent months to find new leaders. Here’s a look at a few from the Hunt Scanlon Media newswire archives:

The Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) has retained Arlington Partners International to lead a global search for its next CEO. Lisa Heidman, the recruitment firm’s founder and CEO, and Deborah Magidson, senior client partner, are heading the assignment. ILPA engages, empowers and connects limited partners.

JDG Associates has been selected by the Schaumburg, IL-based Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute to find its next president and CEO. Principal Paul Belford is leading the assignment. Founded in 1924, the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute is a technical institute and standards developing organization.

Executive recruiters Quick Leonard Kieffer placed Stephen J. Lawler as president of the North Carolina Hospital Association. The firm’s partner Jake Barto and principal Mike Quick led the search. The North Carolina Hospital Association, created in 1918, represents more than 130 hospitals.

Sterling Martin Associates is currently seeking new leaders for The Association of Progressive Rental Organizations and The International Safety Equipment Association. Managing partner David S. Martin, along with senior recruiters Leigh Beal and Kahti Motley, is leading both assignments.

Association Strategies has been tapped by the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health to lead its search for a new president and CEO. Search firm president Pamela Kaul is leading the assignment. Located in Washington, D.C., the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health is the voice of accredited academic public health.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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