Dennis L. Cannon Elected President and CEO of Jackson Purchase Energy

April 20, 2015

Dennis L. Cannon has been elected president and CEO of Jackson Purchase Energy Corporation (JPEC).

Cannon was elected to the leadership post by a unanimous vote of the JPEC board of directors at a recent meeting at the cooperative’s Paducah headquarters.  He will take office on Monday, May 4.

As president and CEO, Cannon will oversee all operations of the electric distribution utility.  He will report to the cooperative’s member-elected, eight-member board of directors.

A native of Christian County, Cannon holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Kentucky.

Cannon comes to JPEC from a 20-year career with the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (KAEC) and its affiliate, United Utility Supply Cooperative, Inc. (UUS). 

For the past four years, Cannon served as the KAEC-UUS vice president for public relations and strategic initiatives.  In that post, Cannon lead efforts to revitalize KAEC’s electric distribution transformer manufacturing and repair operations and to streamline UUS’ sales and logistics functions.

In prior, progressively responsible posts with KAEC, Cannon led the association’s public and member relations programs and played a key role in the organization’s state and federal government affairs activities.

“We are pleased to welcome Dennis Cannon to the Jackson Purchase Energy team,” said Gary Joiner, a Smithland resident and chairman of the JPEC board of directors. 

“Mr. Cannon brings a broad range of electric utility cooperative knowledge and experience to JPEC.  We are confident that he will help our leadership team and employees maintain our cooperative’s excellent record of service and reliability while successfully meeting the numerous regulatory, environmental, and cost challenges of today’s rapidly changing electric utility industry,” Joiner continued.

Upon being notified of his election to the JPEC leadership post, Cannon said, “I am humbled by the faith that the Jackson Purchase Energy board of directors has placed in me.” 

Cannon continued, “I am excited by the opportunity to join such an innovative and progressive electric cooperative.  I look forward to working with the board of directors, the senior staff, and the employees to provide safe, reliable, and affordable electric service to the member-owners of JPEC.”

In addition to his electric cooperative career, Cannon has served on numerous public and not-for-profit boards of directors.  He has served as a director on the board of the Elizabethtown-based Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development since 2001 and served as secretary and then chairman of the organization over an eight-year period from 2004 to 2012.

As college student, Cannon was president of the Kentucky 4-H organization.  He has continued to serve Kentucky 4-H as a volunteer leader for the past 24 years.  In 2010, he was awarded the Kentucky 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted into the Kentucky 4-H Hall of Fame.  In 2014, he joined the board of directors of the Kentucky 4-H Foundation, the 501(c)3 not-for-profit fundraising arm of Kentucky 4-H.

Jackson Purchase Energy Corporation, a member-owned cooperative, serves portions of six counties in western Kentucky and provides power to more than 30,000 accounts. Headquartered in Paducah, KY, JPEC is a Touchstone Energy Cooperative, and is a member of a network of more than 900 electric cooperatives nationwide. Additional information about JPEC may be found at

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Jackson Purchase Energy is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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