REC Announces New Member of Executive Leadership Team

July 10, 2017

John D. Hewa has joined REC's executive management team, where he will oversee several functional areas including Finance and Accounting, Human Resources, Safety and Security, and Technology Services.

Hewa has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the electric utility industry and a broad knowledge of the cooperative business model.He has served as the CEO of electric cooperatives in Texas and Florida, and as vice president of research, engineering, and technical services at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). Prior to his cooperative career, Hewa managed the utilities department for the City of Manassas, Virginia. Hewa serves on the NRECA Governance Task Force and the Board of Directors for the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA).

"There are many opportunities ahead for REC as it continues to grow," said Hewa. "I am excited to be part of REC's excellent tradition of providing outstanding service and value to its member owners. My family and I are glad to be returning to Virginia, and I am so appreciative of the opportunity to be associated with the dedicated REC team."

Hewa holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and a Master of Science in engineering management from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He is a registered professional engineer. Hewa and his wife Laura have three daughters.

REC provides electric service to over 164,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, Va., the Cooperative operates and maintains more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Follow REC on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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