The board of directors at Pennyrile RECC, Hopkinsville, KY, has named Alan Gates to succeed Greg Grissom as president/CEO.

Gates, a veteran of nearly 30 years at the cooperative, had been serving as the interim chief executive since Grissom stepped down in September. Gates had previously served as Pennyrile RECC’s vice president for operations and technical services, having been named to that post in 2014.

“I want to thank the board of directors for giving me such a great opportunity,” Gates said. “Pennyrile Electric is a strong organization with great employees. I look forward to serving our membership and continuing our mission to provide safe, reliable electricity.”

Pennyrile RECC Chairman Jimmy Futrell said that “with the strength of our internal employees,” the board knew it would find a new CEO from inside the cooperative’s ranks.

“Alan has been instrumental in several positive changes the cooperative has made over his years of employment,” Futrell said. “We are confident in his ability to lead the cooperative in the years ahead.”