ARLINGTON, Va. – Leigh Taylor has been named as senior principal of management services for Executive Search services at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). In this role, Taylor will oversee NRECA Executive Search, a leading resource for electric cooperatives as they look to hire a new CEO, general manager or other senior level executives.
“Leigh brings proven experience to this role,” said NRECA CEO Jim Matheson. “Her leadership will be a tremendous resource to support electric co-ops as they search for new leaders and continue empowering local communities.”
“It’s an honor to join the Executive Search team at NRECA,” Taylor said. “More than half of electric co-op CEOs are eligible to retire over the next five years. I’m excited to have the opportunity to help electric co-ops navigate this transition as they select the next generation of co-op leaders.”
NRECA Executive Search has placed more than 550 senior leaders with co-op member organizations across the country. Click here to learn more about Executive Search.
Taylor most recently served as the Vice President-Western Lending for National Cooperative Bank, where she was responsible for business development in the western United States. She has more than 25 years of financial services experience, 16 of which were dedicated to serving financial cooperatives, telephone companies and electric cooperatives. Taylor holds a MBA from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management, and a Bachelor of Science in business from Wake Forest University.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national trade association representing more than 900 local electric cooperatives. From growing suburbs to remote farming communities, electric co-ops serve as engines of economic development for 42 million Americans across 56 percent of the nation’s landscape. As local businesses built by the consumers they serve, electric cooperatives have meaningful ties to rural America and invest $12 billion annually in their communities.