PLYMOUTH — The head of the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative is stepping down, ending a 34-year career with the member-owned utility.
Fred Anderson, who will retire next spring, joined the Cooperative in 1981 and became its president/CEO in 1992. He has a long history in the rural electrification program, when he began his career in 1974 with the Rural Electrification Administration in Washington, D.C.
The Co-op serves some 80,000 homes and businesses in 115 New Hampshire cities and towns, many in Central New Hampshire.
Over the years he has served on a variety of boards, including the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC); Cooperative Research Council (CRC); Northeast Public Power Association (NEPPA) and the Consumer Owned Energy Foundation. He is a Cooperative Credentialed Director and Founding Board member of the NHEC Foundation. He has also served the greater community at large, active as a past board member of the Whole Village Family Resource Center in Plymouth, the Plymouth Regional High School Board and Northway Financial, as well as the Pemigewasset National and Berlin City banks.
"I am grateful to have spent 34 years with this great company and am deeply honored to have had the opportunity to lead it for the past 23 years. I am very proud of what we have accomplished together," said Anderson. "I am so thankful to have worked with such a tremendous staff and Board who remain committed to our membership. Their unwavering belief in the cooperative way of doing business will continue to lead the way for NHEC's future."
"NHEC is well positioned for the future because of Fred's vision, leadership skills and commitment to excellence. He will be greatly missed by NHEC's members, employees and the Board of Directors", said Earl Hansen, chairman NHEC Board of Directors. "Fred has the Board's appreciation and gratitude for his exemplary service to NHEC and the Cooperative vision," Hansen added.