Cobb EMC announced the addition of two new vice presidents — Kristen Delaney and Tim Harshbarger.
Delaney will join the Marietta-based electric cooperative as vice president of marketing and corporate communications, effective May 20.
“Kristen combines creativity and data-driven business leadership and will be an excellent addition to our team,” said Peter Heintzelman, president and CEO of Cobb EMC. “Her leadership and experience will bring a fresh perspective and drive our communications to the next level.”
In her new role, Delaney will oversee marketing and communications to both residential and commercial audiences and will replace Kevan Espy, who now leads the cooperative’s electric operations division.
Delaney brings more than 15 years of creative and business experience to Cobb EMC. Previously, she served as director of marketing and communications for undergraduate and graduate admissions at Georgia State University and in leadership positions for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art and the Fox Theatre, as well as managing marketing and product planning for American Honda Motor Co.’s Power Equipment Division.
She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Binghamton University and a master of business administration in marketing from the Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. She currently serves on the executive committee for GSU’s Women’s Philanthropic Network and as a mentor at GSU, through both the Women Lead program and the Honors College.
Harshbarger joined Cobb EMC as vice president of human resources on April 29.
“Tim will be a fantastic addition to our team, and we’re eager to have him on board,” said Heintzelman. “Tim’s 25 years of operations and talent management experience, coupled with his collaborative leadership approach and focus on culture, will be an asset to our employees and will further our commitment to be an employer of choice in the metro Atlanta market.”
Harshbarger replaces Ron Younker, who will retire during the summer.
“I want to thank Ron for his huge impact on our leadership culture initiatives and for ensuring a smooth transition for Tim,” said Heintzelman. “He continues to be a champion of greatness and a partner in helping us design our future.”
Most recently, Harshbarger served as vice president of operations for Focus 3 where he helped energy and manufacturing clients strengthen their cultures and improve their leadership development programs. He began his career with American Electric Power and has served in senior human resources roles at Huntington National Bank and Pike Electric Corporation.
He holds an undergraduate degree from Purdue University and a master of business administration from The Ohio State University’s Fisher School of Business.
For more information, visit cobbemc.com.