DENTON — The Choptank Electric Cooperative Board of Directors has selected Mike Malandro as the next president and chief executive officer of Choptank Electric Cooperative, according to a news release.

Malandro will succeed president and CEO Mike Wheatley, who will retire March 31 after 25 years of service to the organization.

Malandro has served as president and CEO of Prince George Electric Cooperative in Waverly, Va., for the past four years, while leading the cooperative’s broadband business, Ruralband, for the past two years. The broadband project has been recognized throughout the nation and state as an innovative approach to a rural broadband solution, the release states.

“Executing a strong vision requires leadership, innovative thinking, and relationship skills,” Malandro said. “My passion for the cooperative business model and serving the rural communities will continue to ensure long-term value for Choptank Electric ’s membership. I am excited to be coming to Maryland’s Eastern Shore and I look forward to working closely with our Board, employees and members to lead Choptank Electric into the future.”

Jeffrey Rathell, chairman of the organization’s board, said the group was pleased with the decision to hire Malandro. He said the group looks forward to working with him.

“The board of directors and I are pleased with our selection and we feel that Choptank Electric is in good hands with Mr. Malandro,” Rathell said. “He has the experience and leadership Choptank Electric needs to continue being the local Co-op that brings excellent overall service to our communities.”

According to the release, Malandro’s ability to work with local governments and utilize partnerships with local nonprofits, state and local governments to strengthen economic prosperity for rural Virginia, has been popular with members and leaders alike. Malandro has demonstrated leadership and supports regionalism to spur employment and capital investment within the communities the organization serves, the release states.

Malandro is a professional engineer licensed in the states of Virginia and Maryland. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from West Virginia University and completed the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s prestigious Robert I. Kabat Management program. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and West Virginia National Guard.

In addition, Malandro currently serves as director on numerous organization boards including, the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative, Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, Virginia Maryland Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives, Virginia Gateway Region EDO and Girls Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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