The Board of Directors of The Association of Illinois Electric Co-ops (AIEC), working with Holmes Executive Search LLC, is seeking candidates for the position of President/CEO. The current CEO has announced his retirement and the Board is looking for a dynamic leader to continue and nurture its positive reputation and relationships within the state and the electric cooperative program.
AIEC is the service organization for member electric and telephone cooperatives in the state of Illinois and their associate organizations. To achieve this objective, the association provides a variety of services for its member-systems. These include coordination of safety programs, training of line personnel, legislative research and information, member communication programs, public relations and regulatory compliance. The AIEC also publishes Illinois Country Living, which is distributed monthly to consumer-members of subscribing electric cooperatives throughout the state.
The board of directors of the AIEC consists of 30 member-cooperatives, representing each of its member-systems – the 25 electric distribution cooperatives and five power generation and transmission cooperatives. One director is elected by and from the board of directors of each member cooperative. The six telephone cooperatives operating in Illinois are non-voting members of the AIEC.
AIEC seeks candidates with 10 years of electric utility or related experience with a minimum of 5 years of senior management experience. A cooperative minded person is preferred. The successful candidate will have demonstrated leadership, communication and consensus building skills. A four-year college degree in a related area is preferred. Applicants should possess a strong understanding of the electric utility industry, legislative and political processes.
The position reports directly to the Board of Directors and is accountable to the leadership and stakeholders of the member owners; experience and a strong understanding of the governance structure and CEO / Board relations is desired. Candidates must have visionary leadership and the ability and desire to work with an existing talented staff to accomplish the goals of the Association.
The Association offers an excellent benefits package, including a competitive salary representative of the market and commensurate with qualifications. Please send electronic resume with contact information for a minimum of three professional references, and cover letter by August 26, 2022, directly to:
Holmes Executive Search LLC
For additional information contact lead consultant.
About Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives
The AIEC was organized in 1942 Petersburg, where its first offices were located. A.E. Becker served as Manager of the association from 1942 until his retirement in December of 1960. Thomas H. Moore assumed duties as General Manager of the AIEC on July 10, 1961, and served until his retirement on January 31, 1994. Earl Struck succeeded Moore on February 1, 1994, and served the association as President and Chief Executive Officer. Struck retired January 5, 2006. Former Illinois State Senator and Representative N. Duane Noland succeeded Struck and is the current President/CEO.
The board of directors of the AIEC consists of 30 members-cooperatives, representing each of its member-systems – the 25 electric distribution cooperatives and five power generation and transmission cooperatives. One director is elected by and from the board of directors of each member-cooperative. The six telephone cooperatives operating in Illinois are non-voting members of the AIEC.
The AIEC provides its members with the advantages of a large utility operation without sacrificing the local control and local ownership essential to the spirit of these tax-paying Illinois businesses. To achieve this object...ive, the association provides a variety of services for its member-systems. These include engineering services, coordination of safety programs, training of line personnel, legislative research and information, member communication programs, printing and publications, public relations, and group purchasing of materials and supplies. The AIEC also publishes Illinois Country Living, which is distributed monthly to consumer-member of subscribing electric cooperatives throughout the state. The magazine provides feature articles on rural lifestyles, as well as regular columns on energy efficiency, household safety, lawn and gardening, and country recipes.