CEO appointed to lead merged Synergy

Jason Waters has been appointed as the chief executive officer of the newly merged Synergy – a corporation owned by the Government of Western Australia.

Synergy Board chairman Michael Smith said Mr Waters will lead the corporation forward as it focuses on operating safely and efficiently while maintaining the high standards of customer service set by the current Synergy.

“Mr Waters has successfully demonstrated his ability to operate an efficient business and played a key role in negotiating beneficial, long-term fuel supply contracts for the state, which is one of the most critical cost-driving factors confronting the business presently and into the future,” he said.

Mr Waters has served as chief executive officer of the state Government-owned electricity generator Verve Energy since May 2012 and has more than 23 years experience in the state’s energy sector. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) and Graduate Diploma in Business from Curtin University and has completed Harvard Business School’s Program for Leadership Development.

Mr Waters said he was delighted to be appointed to the position and looked forward to leading a new “gentailer”.

“If you look at electricity markets throughout Australia and the world, the combination of the generation and retail arms into a gentailer is a proven model that I believe offers us the best way of achieving our objectives,” Mr Waters said.

“I am extremely excited about leading an outstanding team of people that are based throughout the state, and who are focused on operating safely and efficiently and providing the very best levels of service to our customers.”

His appointment became effective January 1, 2014, which was the official date for the two entities to merge.