Little Rock’s Delta Solar has named Katie Laning Niebaum as its new president. In her new role, Niebaum will be overseeing operations of the Arkansas-based, owned, and operated solar energy company, which serves agricultural and commercial clients.
Niebaum brings to Delta Solar more than 15 years of strategic communications, public affairs and management expertise from her leadership roles on Capitol Hill and within state and national business trade associations. Since 2016, she has been an owner and partner of CDP Strategies, a consulting firm supporting non-profit and corporate clients through an array of specialty services. From 2016-2020, she served as executive director of the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association and its educational affiliate, the Arkansas Advanced Energy Foundation, leading efforts to promote Arkansas’ emerging advanced energy industry. Niebaum’s other previous roles include vice president of communications and media relations for the National Restaurant Association and communications director for U.S. Senator Blanche L. Lincoln.
“Katie has an impressive background in leadership,” said Bob East, chairman of Delta Solar. “Katie’s experience as executive director of the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association provided her with a unique understanding of the solar industry in Arkansas, and this knowledge will be a unique benefit to our clients.”
A Little Rock native, Katie is a graduate of Little Rock Central High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Virginia.
“Since 2017, Delta Solar has partnered with farmers and business owners across Arkansas to generate highly predictable, long-term returns on their solar investment,” said Dr. Douglas Hutchings, CEO of Delta Solar. “Getting the right people in place is critical to not only build a strong business but to have a lasting positive impact on the state, industry and communities that we greatly value. We are excited to bring the benefits of solar power to even more Arkansans with Katie helping to lead our dedicated team.”