CEO and managing director appointed at Snowy Hydro

Dennis Barnes will take on the role of Snowy Hydro CEO and managing director from February 1.

Dennis Barnes

Mr Barnes was most recently CEO of listed company Contact Energy and previously held senior executive roles at Origin Energy, including as General Manager, Energy Risk Management and General Manager, Generation Operations.

He is currenty a non-executive director of Tilt Renewables and Mercury NZ.

Mr Barnes had the right experience to lead the Commonwealth-owned integrated energy business into the future, Chairman David Knox said in a statement.

“Dennis has over three decades’ experience in the energy sector, with a focus on renewables and retail,” he said.

His appointment brings a wealth of strategic knowledge and proven capability in delivering strong performance across large energy businesses at an exciting time for Snowy Hydro.”

Mr Barnes said he was thrilled to be joining an iconic Australian business.

“I am particularly looking forward to building strong connections with our stakeholders and the communities we serve and operate in, as we address the major issues our sector must focus on,” he  said.

Roger Whitby, who has been Acting Chief Executive Officer since August, resumes his role as Chief Operating Officer.

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