Electricity Authority Chair Brent Layton today announced that the Authority's Chief Executive, Carl Hansen, will leave the role on 30 June 2018.

Mr Hansen was employed in early 2010 as CEO-designate to establish the Electricity Authority and has been its Chief Executive since the inception of the Authority on 1 November 2010.

Dr Layton says, “Carl has made a major contribution to the industry and the Authority over the last eight years, leading the promotion of competition, reliability and efficiency for the long-term benefit of consumers.

“The Authority Board greatly regrets that he has decided to pursue other options, but wishes him all the best in his future endeavours. I’d like to thank Carl for everything he has done.”

Mr Hansen says he’s proud of what the organisation has achieved, but feels that now is the right time for a new challenge.

"It's been a very enjoyable and rewarding experience leading the Authority, but now is the right time for the organisation to have a new Chief Executive to tackle the challenging work that lies ahead over the next couple of years and beyond.

“I'm intending to pursue a portfolio of interests, most likely in public policy areas, and I'll be watching developments in the electricity sector with a great deal of interest. The speed of technology change in the sector means it's a very exciting time for everyone involved," Mr Hansen says.

The Board will now undertake a recruitment process and expects to announce the appointment of a new Chief Executive before 30 June 2018.


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Amanda King
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