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Vermont Electric Cooperative Announces the Resignation of CEO Christine Hallquist

February 20, 2018

Johnson, VT – The Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) Board of Directors announced today the resignation of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Christine Hallquist and the appointment of VEC General Counsel Vickie Brown as interim CEO. The change will take effect March 2, 2018.

“It is with a mixture of sadness and gratitude that we accept Christine’s resignation,” said Dan Carswell, chair of the VEC board. “Christine has done a tremendous job leading the organization through complex times in the electric utility industry and is leaving the Co-op on firm footing. We wish her the very best in her next endeavor and appreciate her 18 years of dedicated service.”

Hallquist started at VEC as the Manager of Distribution Engineering in 2000 and has served as CEO for the last 12 years. 

Brown joined the co-op as general counsel in 2011.  Prior to working at the co-op, Brown worked in private legal practice where her work focused on electric utility issues.

“With Vickie Brown at the helm, and with great staff and a strong senior leadership team working with her, the co-op is in extraordinarily capable hands. Our member-owners can be assured that there will be no interruption in the cost-effective and reliable service they are accustomed to,” Carswell added.

“I am terribly sad to separate from the Co-op,” Hallquist said, “but I am stepping down because it is in VEC’s best interest as I pursue a run for political office.  The past 18 years have been some of the best years of my life personally and professionally. VEC members, staff, and Board are some of the best and brightest. The Cooperative business principles will continue to guide me in the years ahead.”