FORMER Gladstone woman Catherine Tanna has been named as managing director of Energy Australia.
Ms Tanna is chairman of BG Group, partner in the QCLNG project on Curtis Island, is a former Shell and BHP executive, and member of the Reserve Bank of Australia board.
Energy Australia manages the energy needs of more than 2.7 million customers.
The Australian reports she will start at Energy Australia in July, "at a time when the industry is replete with issues, starting with what some regard as a dysfunctional regulatory system and massive electricity over supply."
Ms Tanna will move from Brisbane to Melbourne to take up the role.
Energy Australia chairman Graham Bradley said the board was pleased to have appointed someone with Ms Tanna's stature and experience to lead the business through the next phase of its consolidation and growth.
"The strong leadership Catherine has shown in previous roles, coupled with a deep understanding and experience across the energy sector, will stand her in good stead for navigating us through the challenges we face in the external market, including the complex regulatory and market forces at work in our sector," he said.
"We look forward to working with her and we are confident she will help to achieve the company's full potential over coming years."
Ms Tanna said it was a privilege to work in the energy sector, particularly to provide an essential service to millions of customers in Australia.
"Energy markets are undergoing significant change, and it is an exciting time to lead a strong business as it adapts while seeking to exceed the expectations of our 2.7 million customers," she said.
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