Project Description

The Board of Directors of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) has unanimously selected John C. Lee, Jr., as the cooperative’s next President and Chief Executive Officer. ODEC utilized the expertise of CarterBaldwin Executive Search in its nationwide recruitment and selection process.

John has served as ODEC’s Interim President and CEO since September 8, 2023, and is also currently President and CEO of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative and EMPOWER Broadband.

“As we face numerous and rapidly changing challenges, we are confident in John’s ability to guide ODEC both strategically and operationally,” said Steven A. Harmon, Chairman of the ODEC Board of Directors. “John’s experience working at ODEC, coupled with his service as CEO of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative for the past 16 years, will provide ODEC with the best possible leadership going forward.”

John brings more than 30 years of cooperative leadership experience to ODEC. As CEO of Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative, he provided the vision and leadership to launch EMPOWER Broadband, bringing high-speed internet to southside Virginia since 2018. Prior to Mecklenburg, John held a variety of roles at ODEC focusing on community and external relations, economic development, and member relations. He also serves on or has served on numerous electric cooperative boards including the Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, National Cooperative Services Corporation, ACES Power Marketing, and National Renewables Cooperative Organization.

John holds a BS in Business from Mississippi State University.

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About ODEC
Headquartered in Glen Allen, Virginia, ODEC is a not-for-profit, member-owned, power supply cooperative. It supplies the wholesale power requirements of its 11-member electric distribution cooperatives, which provide reliable, affordable electricity to 1.5 million people in 70 counties in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. Learn more at