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Nov 27 2023

Peak Industry Body Appoints New Chair and Deputy Chair

The Australian Energy Council’s Board has appointed AGL Energy’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Damien Nicks, as its new Chair.

He will be supported by EDL’s Chief Executive Officer, James Harman, who has been elected Deputy Chair of the peak body for energy retailers and generators.

The Council’s Chief Executive, Sarah McNamara, said: “We are pleased to have two highly regarded energy executives lead our Board at a time of major transitional change for the sector.

“Through their extensive experience, Damien and James will be able to make valuable contributions to the work of our members who are at the forefront of the energy transformation.

“I would also like to thank Mark Collette, Managing Director, EnergyAustralia, who steps down as Chair, and Frank Calabria, CEO Origin Energy, previously Deputy Chair, for their input to our work. I’m pleased that both Mark and Frank remain on the AEC Board and look forward to their ongoing contribution.”

There are also two newly appointed directors, Snowy Hydro’s Chief Executive Officer, Dennis Barnes, and CS Energy’s Chief Executive Officer, Darren Busine.

About the Australian Energy Council

The Australian Energy Council is the peak industry body for electricity and downstream natural gas businesses operating in the competitive wholesale and retail energy markets. AEC members generate and sell energy to 10 million homes and businesses and are major investors in renewable energy generation. The AEC supports reaching net-zero by 2050 as well as a 55 per cent emissions reduction target by 2035 and is committed to delivering the energy transition for the benefit of consumers.

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