CarterBaldwin Seeks CEO for Old Dominion Electric Cooperative

September 22, 2017 – The board of directors search committee of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) has announced its selection of CarterBaldwin Executive Search to assist in the identification, evaluation and transition of its next CEO. Current CEO Jack Reasor will retire at the end of the year, closing out a 19-year tenure. Chris Guiney, partner and head of the energy and infrastructure practice at CarterBaldwin, is leading the assignment.

“The board is committed to conducting a thorough search to identify the right candidate to serve as ODEC’s next CEO and will complete the search as expeditiously as possible,” said Bill Andrew, chairman of the ODEC board of directors.

“Jack has served ODEC with distinction for the past 19 years, and we greatly appreciate his service,” he said of Mr. Reasor. “That said, we are now faced with the task of finding the next great leader for ODEC. We are confident that with CarterBaldwin’s assistance, and given that ODEC is a fiscally and operationally strong organization and considered one of the nation’s premier cooperatives, we’ll attract the kind of talent that will carry on ODEC’s legacy of capable leadership from the CEO position.”

Mr. Guiney, of CarterBaldwin, said ODEC was among the most prominent electric cooperatives in the country. “We are excited to have been selected to assist the board in identifying the leader of the future for ODEC and the 11 distribution cooperative members that own the power supply organization,” he said.


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Headquartered in Glen Allen, VA, ODEC is a not-for-profit, member-owned, power supply cooperative. It supplies the wholesale power requirements of its member cooperatives, which provide electricity to 1.4 million people in 70 counties in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware.

Niche Recruiting

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:

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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