Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas Names Duane Highley New CEO

Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas has named Duane Highley as its next president and chief executive officer.

Highley will succeed Gary Voigt, who joined the cooperative in 1996.

Highley comes from Associated Electric Cooperative of Springfield, Mo. There, he was senior planning engineer of rates and resources; supervisor of resource planning; manager of the New Madrid Power Plant; and finally director of power production.

Highley received his bachelor's degree at Missouri University of Science & Technology, his master's at the University of Virginia and completed an advanced management program at Harvard Business School.

Highley begins work at the co-op on Nov. 14.

The cooperative comprises three companies: Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp., Arkansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. and Electric Research & Manufacturing Corp. Each company employs its own staff and Highley is one of three executives, including the CFO and general counsel, who have authority over all three.