RED SPRINGS — Carmen Dietrich is now the permanent chief executive officer of Lumbee River Electric Membership Corporation.
The LREMC’s board of directors made Dietrich’s CEO status permanent during the board’s March meeting. Dietrich had been serving as interim CEO since November. She replaced Steven Hunt, who had served as CEO for more than four years, and became the first female CEO of the corporation, which was established in 1940.
“We have been very pleased with Ms. Dietrich’s efforts since she was named interim CEO back in November,” said Madie Rae Locklear, the board chairwoman. “Advancing the board’s focus on the members and employees has been a key part of her efforts. We are confident that given her vast experience here at Lumbee River EMC, as well as in the industry as a whole, that Carmen is the best person to continue to lead the organization forward.”
“It is an honor to receive this vote of confidence from the board of directors here at Lumbee River EMC,” Dietrich said. “I look forward to working closely with them to ensure Lumbee River EMC continues to provide our members with the very best services they deserve and that our cooperative continues to be a great place to work for our employees.”
Dietrich has 30 years of experience in the electric cooperative industry, having worked at Wake EMC and Edgecombe — Martin EMC. She has spent the past 17 years at Lumbee River EMC, serving in various capacities, from manager of Engineering to vice president of Member Services.