RED SPRINGS — Steven C. Hunt has been named CEO of Lumbee River Electric Membership Corporation, which provided electricity for customers in Robeson and three nearby counties.
“This has been a very thoughtful process that the board has gone through to ensure we had the right person to lead Lumbee River EMC into the future,” Roger Oxendine, chairman of the LREMC board of directors, said in a statement. “We had a very good candidate pool to choose from which made the job difficult. This is a good problem to have.
“Mr. Hunt’s experience in leading organizations at the highest levels will be a benefit to Lumbee River EMC.”
Hunt’s most recent position was operations manager with Campbell Soup in Maxton. Before that, he worked for eight years as plant manager for Tredegar Film Products in Red Springs.
Hunt has also worked at Unilever HPC and Alamac Knits, where he held various management positions. Before his corporate experience, Hunt was a captain in the U.S. Air Force.
Hunt grew up in the Fairmont area and now lives in Pembroke. He earned a B.S. in chemistry from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
The Robesonian was unable to reach Hunt for a comment.
In February, he was nominated by Lumbee Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks for the tribal administrator’s position. He did not get enough votes from the 21-member Tribal Council to get the position.
Hunt replaces Randall Jones, who held the CEO position for about two and a half years before leaving about 10 months ago, according to company spokesman Walter White. Perry Cummings, chief operating officer and vice president of engineering and operations for LREMC, has been interim CEO since Jones left.
LREMC serves about 50,000 customers in Robeson, Hoke, Cumberland and Scotland counties. It employs about 110 people, White said.