February 6, 2015
Baldwin EMC Board Chairman Peggy Vanover Barnes announced yesterday that Karen Moore, Baldwin EMC vice president of energy services and public relations, has been selected to succeed current CEO, E.A. “Bucky” Jakins, Jr., at the helm of the 70,000 meter electric cooperative.
“Our board of directors is impressed with the depth of experience and the qualifications that Karen brings to this role,” said Vanover Barnes. “We are excited about the future of the co-op with her leadership.”
Moore is a native of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi and a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and marketing management. She has spent the last 24 years in the electric industry, since 2004 at Baldwin EMC, and is also a graduate of The University of Wisconsin and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s (NRECA) Management Internship Program. Moore has served on several national NRECA committees and is active in the community. She resides in Fairhope, Alabama with her husband, Ken Moore.
Moore will assume full responsibility as CEO on April 25, 2015. She says she is both humbled and excited by the decision. “I am looking forward to working with the members, the board and employees of Baldwin EMC to continue and further advance the leadership role held by the cooperative in the community and our industry.”
Jakins will retire in April, 2015, having served as CEO of Baldwin EMC for the last 15 years of a more than 40-year career in the electric utility industry.