Electricity industry leader David Smales has been appointed as the permanent chief executive officer of new merged power distribution body Energy Queensland.
State Treasurer Curtis Pitt said Mr Smales had more than 30 years’ experience in technical, operational, asset management, corporate and senior executive roles, with a track record of value delivery in large blue chip energy companies.
“When the merger was announced in December 2015, we gave our commitment to supporting regional Queensland and have followed through with that commitment,” Mr Pitt said.
“We have ensured the headquarters of Energy Queensland was established in Townsville, and Mr Smales will also live in Townsville.”
Energy Minister Mark Bailey said Mr Smales was most recently general manager, generation at Origin Energy.
“Prior to joining Origin in 2010, he held senior roles in UK-based generation companies, including Drax Power, where he led the development of a large biomass-fuelled renewables business,” Mr Bailey said.
“He has demonstrated his commitment to the industry throughout his career, having started as an apprentice in energy generation.”
Energy Queensland chairman Phil Garling said he was looking forward to Mr Smales taking up the position from October 31.
Mr Garling acknowledged the work of Interim chief executive officer Terry Effeney, who was responsible for leading the merger of Ergon Energy and Energex from July 1 until a permanent CEO was appointed.
“When Terry stepped into the interim CEO role, he indicated he would be retiring from the electricity industry once a permanent CEO was in place,” Mr Garling said.
“Terry has had a long and successful career in the electricity industry, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”