Professor Paul Simshauser AM has been appointed as the new chief executive of Powerlink Queensland, the government-owned corporation that owns and operates Queensland’s transmission network.
Professor Simshauser brings more than 20 years’ experience in the energy industry across the public and private sectors.
Powerlink Chair Kathy Hirschfeld AM said the business would benefit from his unique understanding of the energy industry, having extensive experience in generation, retail, energy policy and the regulatory environment.
“Paul brings a wealth of leadership skills and industry experience to the role,” Ms Hirschfeld said.
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“His primary focus will be on Powerlink continuing to deliver a safe, reliable and cost-effective supply of electricity to more than four million Queenslanders.
“The Board looks forward to working closely with him to develop a transmission business for the future – particularly as we transition through a time of great uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“His experience will be vital to ensure we deliver better outcomes for our customers by adapting the way transmission networks operate to meet our changing environment.
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“I would also like to acknowledge the significant contribution of interim chief executive Kevin Kehl whose leadership has kept the business focused and ensured a smooth transition.”
Professor Simshauser will commence his role at Powerlink on June 1, 2020. His appointment follows a comprehensive recruitment process that attracted strong interest from across Australia.
He is currently executive general manager – energy markets at Infigen Energy. He was previously director-general Department of Energy & Water Supply for the Queensland Government and chief economist for AGL.