After more than eight years as CEO and 12 years of service with the company, Horizon Power managing director Frank Tudor will step down to take up the role of managing director at Jemena.
Horizon Power Chairman Stephen Edwell said Mr Tudor’s new appointment was a testament to his very significant contribution to Horizon Power over an extended period.
“Both as a consultant and energy regulator, I have known Mr Tudor professionally for more than six years prior to my recent appointment as Horizon Power chair,” Mr Edwell said.
“Jemena has offered him a stellar leadership role in a much larger company that will enable him to embrace new challenges.
“Frank deserves commendation for his services to the business. Horizon Power has significantly improved its service delivery, is very well respected by its customers, and has a committed and highly skilled team.
“Frank presided over a very significant restructuring of the business that has delivered cost reductions across all operations and has strategically positioned the company to capitalise on developing microgrid and distributed energy technology.
“On behalf of the Board I wish Frank every success in his new and exciting role.”
Mr Edwell said the Horizon Power Board will appoint an interim CEO and will implement a process to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced replacement.
“I consider that Horizon Power has a highly skilled and experienced senior management team, which will ensure the company continues to effectively serve its customers across regional Western Australia,” he said.
Mr Tudor said he was immensely grateful to WA Minister for Energy Ben Wyatt, the Board, his senior executive colleagues and the extended Horizon Power team across regional Western Australia for their guidance and support.
“I have been extremely privileged to work for the Government of Western Australia and lead an organisation that has such a commitment to its customers across what is arguably the biggest service area for an energy provider anywhere in the world,” he sais.
“Serving customers living in such remote and often harsh conditions has required a level of innovative thinking that I believe has uniquely positioned Horizon Power to embrace the opportunities presented by renewable energy technologies.
“Outside of the day-to-day dedication of our people in serving customers in some of the most remote communities in Australia, I am immensely proud of the company’s recent recognition for its world-leading development and application of microgrids.
“There is no doubt in my mind that microgrids represent the future of energy in this State presenting a better solution for customers while managing the cost to taxpayers in subsidizing quality regional energy delivery.”
Mr Tudor will fill the shoes of Paul Adams, who announced his retirement from Jemena this week after a decade in the role.
SGSPAA chairman Ruan Qiantu thanked Mr Adams for his contribution to Jemena and the SGSPAA group.
“Paul is an extraordinary, thoughtful, and passionate leader whose contribution as Jemena’s founding MD has been pivotal in ensuring the organisation has effectively navigated an extremely challenging period of change across the energy sector,” he said.
“As a result of Paul’s efforts, Jemena is extremely well placed to contribute to Australia’s energy future.”