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Tuesday, 16th January 2018

in Bee Cave TX 78738

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Pedernales Electric gets new CEO


Leading utility expert John D. Hewa has been named as the new chief executive officer of Pedernales Electric Cooperative - which supplies power to much of the new development West of Bee Cave. Hewa currently works in Arlington, Virginia, as vice president of research, engineering and technical services for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).

“John impressed the Board with his knowledge of new technologies that can create efficiencies while improving services,” said PEC Board President Kathy Scanlon. “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.”

Hewa is a national speaker who is known in the electrical industry for his technical experience and get-it-done enthusiasm. His spirit of innovation and collaborative approach have brought him success in earlier positions as general manager for Talquin Electric Cooperative in Florida and as director of utilities for the City of Manassas, Virginia. Hewa is known for looking critically at every aspect of a business to improve efficiency and customer service. He holds a Bachelor degree in electrical engineering and a Masters degree in engineering management. He is a licensed Professional Engineer.

“PEC has a long-standing reputation of excellence in an industry that is now undergoing significant change,” said Hewa. “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.”

The PEC Board began a national search in February for a dynamic leader who could deliver on the Co-op’s strategic plan for members. Hewa will begin July 22, replacing RB Sloan, who left the Cooperative in March. Former chief financial officer Frank Skube has been acting as Interim CEO.

“John sees things in three dimensions and is the new face that represents the cooperative world today,” said District 6 Director Larry Landaker. “I have the utmost confidence that John Hewa can deliver to members and make PEC a model for the industry. He has the know-how and clout to get it done.”

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. Hewa said he is eager to serve members of the Texas Hill Country.

“I am thankful for this wonderful opportunity to help shape the future of PEC by giving particular attention to member expectations. 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, his wife, Laura, and their three daughters enjoy outdoor family activities and are looking forward to exploring Central Texas.



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