CarterBaldwin Recruits CEO for Cobb Electric

CarterBaldwin Recruits CEO for Cobb Electric

April 16, 2018 – A variety of non-profit trade associations have turned to executive search firms in recent months to find new leaders.

CarterBaldwin Executive Search recently placed Peter Heintzelman as the new president and CEO of Cobb Electric Membership Corp. (Cobb EMC).

He replaces Chip Nelson, who is retiring after 45 years with the Marietta, GA-based electric cooperative. Chris Guiney, partner and energy practice leader for CarterBaldwin, led the assignment. “After a thorough and diligent search process, we are thrilled to have Peter join us as president and CEO,” said Tripper Sharp, chairman of Cobb EMC’s board of directors. “Peter’s vast experience, coupled with an impressive record of achievement, will help us continue to identify new and innovative ways to serve our members.”

Mr. Heintzelman has an extensive background in corporate operations, business strategy and finance in the energy, services and manufacturing sectors, including having guided companies through complex transitional and growth periods. Through his experience in operations, investment banking, trading and business development across the globe, he brings a unique perspective to one of the nation’s largest electric cooperatives.

Most recently, Mr. Heintzelman served as interim group CEO of Alevo, an innovative energy storage technology and manufacturing company. He has also served as CFO and in other executive finance and leadership roles for T5 Oil & Gas, Shelf Drilling, Standard Bank and Halliburton.

Next Chapter

“As we embark on this next chapter, our board of directors would like to thank Chip Nelson for his 45 years of service to Cobb EMC,” said Mr. Sharp. “Since he took the helm seven years ago, his leadership and dedication have helped guide the company through a series of strategic changes to ensure that our organization is efficient, effective and transparent. We know that Peter’s focus on process-based enhancements will further that commitment to continual improvement.”

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Mr. Heintzelman said he was looking forward to his new role. “I am honored to join a company with a strong record of improvement and look forward to building on that momentum,” he said. “I see tremendous potential for driving innovation and long-term value for our members and am excited to work with our talented team to make this great company even greater.”

Cobb Electric, a not-for-profit cooperative, delivers electricity to members in Georgia’s 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 the state’s 41 EMCs and among the largest of the nation’s 900 EMCs.

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CarterBaldwin provides executive search services in the healthcare, technology, non-profit, consumer services, industrial and media/telecom sectors. Its clients include a number of name-brand institutions, such as KPMG, ADP, Teradata, First Data, Duke University, Pepperdine University, New York Life, Fleet Pride and Berkshire Hathaway.

CarterBaldwin’s energy and infrastructure practice serves clients across the gas, electric power, renewables, cleantech, telecom, water, waste, mining, construction and related infrastructure projects.

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. Before joining CarterBaldwin in 2016, he led global executive search consultancies and has also founded and led his own executive search and leadership consulting firm, the Guiney Group.

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

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