Guy Chalkley will stay on as chief executive of Western Australian utility Western Power.
Mr Chalkley has been serving in an acting CEO role since April, succeeding Paul Italiano, who stepped down from the role in March.
Thanking the board for its vote of confidence, Mr Chalkley said it was an honour to lead one of the state’s major companies during a period of significant change.
“Like many other utilities around the country, we face the challenge of doing more with less. I have every confidence that our team here at Western Power will rise to the challenges ahead, and find ways to continue to improve customer affordability,” Mr Chalkley said.
“Our drive to become a top-tier electricity business will always be based on engaging with our customers to provide safe, reliable and affordable electricity – that is sustainable into the future.”
Mr Chalkley commenced at Western Power in December 2011, as operations commercial manager before progressing to the role of head of business planning and reporting, with his most recent role being chief financial officer.
He has held a number of commercial roles in his career including chief financial officer of an Australian Sugar Refinery, finance and regulation director at Veolia Water Central in the UK, finance director of a Waste Water company at Thames Water, and CEO for a Mexican commodity distribution company. He is also a Leadership WA 2013 Alumni, graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.