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, a national energy company based in the eastern States.
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.
Mr Edwell was pleased to accept Mr Tudor’s offer to remain with the organisation for a period of time to assist with transition to a new CEO.
“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.
“I have always found him commercially energetic and innovative and was looking forward to directly working with him.
“However, Jemena has offered him a stellar leadership role in a much larger company that will enable him to embrace new challenges,” Mr Edwell said.
“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 that the company continues to effectively serve its customers across regional Western Australia,” he said.
Mr Tudor said he was immensely grateful to the Minister for Energy, Ben Wyatt, the Board, his senior executive colleagues and, most importantly, the extended Horizon Power team across regional Western Australia for their guidance and support over the past eight years.
“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.
“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 said that, while he had very much enjoyed his time at Horizon Power, after 12 years with the company, he had been considering for some months whether it was time to embrace new challenges.
“So, when the opportunity arose to apply my skills and experience in the energy sector with a market leading company like Jemena I simply felt it was an opportunity too good to refuse.”
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