Chris Huskilson, President and CEO of Emera Inc. announced executive changes at Emera Inc., Nova Scotia Power and Emera Caribbean today in a release.
Rob Bennett has been promoted to the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Emera Inc.
In this new position, Bennett will have a broader scope of responsibility, overseeing all operating assets across Emera, where recent growth has created the need for increased executive focus on operations and integration of new assets into the Emera family of companies.
Prior to today's announcement, Bennett served as President and CEO of NS Power.
As part of his new role Bennett will join Emera Executive team which includes Chris Huskilson, President and CEO, Scott Balfour, EVP and CFO, Nancy Tower, EVP Business Development and CEO of Emera Newfoundland and Labrador, Barbara Meens Thistle, Chief Human Resources Officer and Bruce Marchand, Chief Legal Officer.
Bob Hanf has been appointed President and CEO at Nova Scotia Power. Hanf has most recently been Executive Chairman of Light & Power Holdings in the Caribbean. Prior to that, he served as Chief Legal Officer for Emera.
“These changes reflect the growth of Emera and our operating companies and take advantage of our leadership depth and strengthen our leadership capacity,” said Chris Huskilson, President and CEO, Emera Inc. “This is an exciting time for our company and our people and we believe these changes will help us to continue to deliver on our commitments to customers in each of these markets and position us well for future growth opportunities.”
“In Nova Scotia, Rob Bennett has led significant progress over the last number of years, including improving system reliability, shaping the utility’s transformation away from coal to significantly more renewable generation and a made in NS solution to GHG reductions, ” Huskilson said. “Bob will move the plan forward as we continue to transform how we make electricity in Nova Scotia, enhance customer service and provide Nova Scotians with access to cleaner, more stably-priced power. Similarly, we see activity in the Caribbean markets where customers want us to advance opportunities to stabilize electricity prices and move off of a reliance on imported fuels. Sarah MacDonald is doing an excellent job in the turnaround plan for Grand Bahama Power and I know she will apply her experience in stakeholder engagement, utility experience and business development to our other Caribbean assets.”
Over the next five years, Emera expects to make more than $5 billion in investments in the markets where its companies operate. These leadership appointments are an essential element of Emera’s commitment to make sure the investments result in benefit to customers and shareholders.