Delaware Municipal Electric Corporation’s (DEMEC) Board of Directors on June 15 announced that Kimberly Schlichting has been named as DEMEC’s new President and CEO.
Schlichting will be the first woman to lead the nonprofit corporation, which owns and operates electric facilities that provide generation, transmission and distribution of electric power and energy to eight municipal electric utility members in Delaware and operates with a $150 million budget.
“In anticipation of Patrick McCullar’s departure, the DEMEC Board undertook a CEO succession planning process, which resulted in the unanimous selection of long-time COO Kimberly Schlichting,” said Board Chair Morris Deputy in a statement.
Schlichting joined DEMEC in 2003 and has held several leadership roles. She most recently served as Chief Operating Officer and senior vice president of power supply. In this role, she provided operational responsibility and leadership to DEMEC’s power supply portfolio management, government relations, communications, technical services, environmental affairs, sustainability, risk, insurance, strategic planning, mutual aid and member programs. This included leading the organization’s North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) compliance activities.
During her tenure, she also led major operational and efficiency improvements in DEMEC’s generation assets, enhanced training programs and advocated with state and federal policymakers on behalf of DEMEC and its members.
Schlichting serves on the American Public Power Association (APPA) Board of Directors and as a member of its Executive Committee. She also serves as the alternate trustee on the American Municipal Power (AMP) Board of Trustees and serves as the Delaware Network Coordinator for the APPA Mutual Aid Working Group.
She will assume her new role on October 16, 2021.
McCullar will remain under contract with DEMEC as a consultant to assist with the transition.