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Nueces Electric Cooperative Announces New C.E.O.

Nueces Electric Cooperative Announces New C.E.O.
Member Owned Electric Cooperative Selects New C.E.O.


A person wearing a suit and tieDescription automatically generatedROBSTOWN, TEXAS (Aug. 30, 2019) - After three months of searching, Nueces Electric Cooperative (NEC) is pleased to welcome Varzavand “Avan” Irani as the Co-op's Chief Executive Officer. 

“I am very excited to fulfill the duties and responsibilities of C.E.O. It’s an honor to lead Nueces Electric Cooperative with strategic planning and vision, now and into a successful future.”

Irani steps into the role of Chief Executive Officer after serving the members of NEC for 16 years.  Irani began his career at NEC in 2003 as Project Manager/Distribution Engineer. In 2011, he was promoted to the role of Chief Operations Officer in which he assisted in strategic growth and managed operational aspects of the Co-op.

Irani received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Bombay in India, a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and completed a Master of Business Administration with a Certification in Energy Finance and Logistics from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, he is also a licensed professional engineer in the State of Texas.

NEC President, Brian Menking discussed the search process. “We were very fortunate to have a pool of very qualified candidates applying for the CEO position at NEC which made the Board’s selection a very difficult one.  Our choice of selecting Avan Irani was based on his years of dedication to NEC, his technical and administrative experience and a passion for working with employees to fulfill NEC’s goal of providing members with the best service possible at an affordable rate.”

Irani will be the Co-op's seventh C.E.O. since opening its door in 1938. He will become a part of the Co-op's rich history of serving south Texas and will continue to expand and enhance the Co-op's unique business model. Irani​​​​​​​ succeeds Trace McCuan who retired after three and a half years as C.E.O.  Irani’s first day as Chief Executive Officer will be on Monday, September 2, 2019.  

About Nueces Electric Cooperative

The mission of Nueces Electric Cooperative (NEC), a member-owned cooperative, is to help our members continually improve their quality of life by providing reliable and cost-effective electric service in a culture where safety is a priority. NEC is more than a not-for-profit, customer-owned, "at cost" electric utility. Founded in 1938, today NEC serves over 13,000 Wires members in eight South Texas counties surrounding the beautiful Texas Gulf Coast.​​​​​​​

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