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Ron Marshall named CEO

One of the primary duties of Walton EMC’s board of directors is to ensure the company’s day-to-day operations are guided and overseen by a qualified, competent chief executive.

After careful consideration, the board is pleased to announce Ron Marshall as Walton EMC’s next president and chief executive officer.

Beginning his tenure at Walton EMC in 1989 as system engineer, Ron was named manager (now known as vice president) of engineering and operations in 1993. He was senior vice president of operations and engineering before becoming chief operating officer in 2020.

The number of accounts and miles of line on the cooperative’s system have approximately doubled during Ron’s career. Walton EMC has also become one of the most innovative and respected electric cooperatives in the country.

Ron succeeds Ronnie Lee, who retires after more than 43 years of outstanding service to the cooperative’s members and employees.

“Ron’s three decades of service in our industry have prepared him to lead Walton EMC,” said Dawn Taylor, board chair. “He is member-focused, committed to our cooperative principles and knows Walton EMC’s electrical system — all factors that give him a solid foundation for success in his new role.”

Ron and wife, Melanie, live in Barrow County and have two daughters and four grandchildren.