South Kentucky RECC is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Newton as Interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective September 15, 2023.
Newton has been a dedicated member of South Kentucky RECC’s team for nearly 30 years, serving in various leadership roles, including his current job as Chief Operating Officer, where he has demonstrated outstanding leadership and dedication to the cooperative’s principles and values. Newton’s deep knowledge of SKRECC’s operations and his commitment to serving its members make him the ideal choice to lead the co-op until a permanent CEO can be hired.
“We are confident that Kevin will provide strong leadership during this interim period as we search for a permanent CEO to continue South Kentucky’s tradition of excellence. His dedication to the co-op’s mission and values, combined with his extensive experience, will ensure a seamless transition and continued success for our members,” said Cathy Epperson, SKRECC’s Board Chairperson.
Newton expressed his gratitude for the opportunity to serve South Kentucky RECC in this capacity, saying, “I am honored to step into the role of Interim CEO. Our co-op has a rich history of service to our members, and I am committed to upholding our mission and values during this transition period. I look forward to working closely with our dedicated team to ensure the continued success of South Kentucky RECC.”
Newton assumes the leadership role with South Kentucky RECC following the resignation of former CEO Ken Simmons, who has served the co-op as CEO since 2020, and who recently announced his resignation to return to his home state of Georgia to serve as CEO of an electric cooperative there.
While South Kentucky RECC conducts a search for a permanent CEO, Newton will guide the operations and continue with the cooperative’s mission of providing safe, reliable and affordable power to its members.
About South Kentucky RECC:
South Kentucky Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation (“South Kentucky”) is an electric distribution cooperative providing approximately 70,000 meters with retail electric power in eleven Kentucky and two Tennessee counties. South Kentucky was formed as a non-profit rural electric cooperative corporation in 1938 and is owned solely by its retail electric customers. South Kentucky is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of seven individuals representing an equal number of districts within its service territory.