Doege to lead Stearns Electric Association

Stearns Electric Association has selected Robin Doege as the cooperative’s next chief executive officer.

Robin Doege

Robin Doege

Doege, who currently serves as chief executive officer of Todd-Wadena Electric Cooperative, will succeed current Chief Executive Officer Dave Gruenes on Aug.13.

“The search for the cooperative’s next CEO is one of our most important responsibilities,” said Randy Rothstein, board president of Stearns Electric Association. “Robin has a strong background in the cooperative business model from his eight years at Todd-Wadena and 10 years at Connexus Energy.”

This utility knowledge combined with his strong leadership, management and operations background make Doege uniquely qualified to lead the cooperative.

“Having worked with Minnesota rural electric cooperatives for years, I have always viewed Stearns Electric as a premier electric cooperative,” Doege said. “I’m honored and grateful for the opportunity to lead the cooperative into the future as we continue to stay focused on competitive pricing, reliable service and innovation.”

Gruenes has provided leadership at Stearns Electric Association for 19 years, the last three years as chief executive officer. Gruenes will retire from the cooperative in mid-August.