Transpower appoints new Chief Executive

23 September 2013

Transpower New Zealand today announced the appointment of Alison Andrew, to the position of Chief Executive, replacing Patrick Strange when he departs in early 2014.

Alison is an engineer by background and has held a number of senior executive roles across numerous industry sectors including energy, chemicals, dairy, pulp and paper. Alison’s most recent role was Global Head of Chemicals for Orica and she has been a Director of Genesis Energy since 2012. Prior to that, she was Chief Executive of Lexicon group and held a number of senior roles at Fonterra Cooperative Group and Fletcher Challenge Energy.

Transpower Chairman Mark Verbiest said that the Board was highly impressed with Alison’s background and leadership capability, both of which will help to drive further improvements throughout the company.

"The company has made great progress and is now past the peak of its substantial capital build programme with the last of the major projects due for completion shortly. With resilience restored, our focus is on how best to plan and operate the grid to deliver the most value to our customers and the end consumer."

We regard transmission as a service business. With the ongoing development and emergence of new technologies, which are changing individual customers' requirements of their electricity service, we need to continue to plan, maintain and operate the grid in response to these divergent needs."

"The Board believes that Alison’s broad experience across a number of different industries, her substantial experience in organisational transformation and her strong customer focus will help to lead Transpower successfully through the changes and challenges of this next phase.

Alison Andrew said that she was looking forward to the challenge of leading Transpower.

"I look forward to working with the Transpower team, and I’m delighted to be joining a company that plays such an important role in delivering a reliable supply of electricity to all New Zealanders," she said.