Jeffrey Connor named interim NRECA CEO

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) board of directors has appointed has appointed Jeffrey Connor, the association’s chief operating officer and chief of staff, as interim CEO.

Connor, who has been at NRECA since 2013, has been acting CEO since August, when CEO Jo Ann Emerson suffered a brain hemorrhage while traveling with her family in Italy.

The board announced the appointment following a special meeting on Nov. 3 in Dallas. Emerson is continuing her recuperation in the Washington, D.C., area. That’s according to the NRECA online publication Co-op News.

Emerson was flown Sept. 3 to the U.S. from Italy. Emerson served eight-plus terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Emerson became NRECA CEO in March 2013, following the retirement of Glenn English.

“Jeffrey and NRECA’s senior leadership have the confidence and trust of the Board of Directors to continue the good work of this organization on behalf of its members,” said NRECA President Mel Coleman.

“Without question, this has been a difficult few months for employees and members of the organization, and we know Jeffrey is providing the leadership we need right now. This decision affirms the mission of NRECA and expresses the board’s confidence that this appointment will support the organization’s positive momentum for the future,” Coleman added.

Connor is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis. He joined Emerson’s staff while she represented Missouri’s 8th District in the House of Representatives, rising to the position of chief of staff in the office.

At NRECA, he has led strategic planning and implementation efforts and managed cross-departmental functions and coordination.


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