Kenergy selects new President, CEO

HENDERSON, Ky. — Kenergy Corp.’s Board of Directors has announced the selection of Jeff Hohn as the cooperative’s new President and CEO.

Hohn succeeds Greg Starheim, who resigned in May to work at the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corp. Sandy Novick, who retired from Kenergy in 2012, returned as interim CEO during the board’s selection process. Novick will remain at the co-op until Hohn starts his duties on Monday, Oct. 5.

Bob White, chairman of Kenergy’s Board of Directors, said the board looks forward to working with Hohn.

“For more than 25 years, Jeff has worked at rural electric cooperatives,” White said. “He believes wholeheartedly in this business model and understands the important relationship between a cooperative and its member-owners. The Kenergy board is confident in Jeff’s experience and leadership abilities.”

Hohn has worked in the electric utility business 29 years, acting as the General Manager of High Plains Power, Inc., in Riverton, Wyo., for the past nine years. High Plains Power serves 13,000 meters and maintains 4,500 miles of distribution power lines.

Other than a two-year stint with a municipal power agency in South Dakota during the 1980s, Hohn’s career has been spent in rural electric cooperatives.

Hohn’s educational background includes an electronic engineering technology degree from Southwest State University in Marshall, Minn.

Hohn said he appreciates the Kenergy board’s confidence. “I’m looking forward to working with the board and employees to continue to move Kenergy forward,” he said.

Hohn and his wife, Lisa, have been married 30 years. They have three adult children, Jessica, 29, of Denver; Jennifer, 27, of Riverton; and Joshua, 24, of Chicago. The Hohns also have one grandchild.