Hal Halpern was named CEO and general manager of Cooperative Light & Power in Two Harbors, Minn., effective Jan. 7.
Halpern was previously the chief strategic advisor at Westell, a provider of high-performance network infrastructure.
Halpern was educated as a physicist at the City University of New York and grew up in a cooperative for 15 years. When his family first moved into the cooperative there were fewer than 100 families and the co-op membership grew to more than 5,000 families.
Halpern intends to apply his experience and innovation skills at Cooperative Power & Light to help the cooperative consider offering fast speed broadband, telecom, renewable energy and other innovative services.