First Minister comments on changes at SSE
First Minister Alex Salmond paid tribute to Ian Marchant today following the announcement by SSE plc that he has decided to step down in the summer as Chief Executive after 10 years in the job.
Mr Salmond also congratulated Alistair Phillips-Davies, currently Deputy Chief Executive of SSE, who will become Chief Executive of the company on 1 July.
The First Minister said:
“Ian has shown outstanding leadership as chief executive of SSE over the last decade, creating investment and jobs across the country, while at the same growing a successful business. He has played an active role in our Scottish Energy Advisory Board, where I have seen first hand, not only his determination to challenge the status quo, but also his drive to galvanise action around the important issues of the day.
“He has been a key figure in driving forward Scotland’s ambitions to be a world leader in renewable energy and showed further leadership in bringing together an impressive range of business, public sector and third sector leaders in the 2020 Climate Group, to collaborate on real actions to help reduce emissions across Scotland. I want to thank Ian for his substantial contributions, both as CEO of SSE and in his other roles in public life in Scotland, and wish him well in his future endeavours.
“I would like to congratulate Alistair Phillips-Davies on becoming chief executive of one of Scotland’s great companies and biggest employers, and wish him every success in that role. Alistair is already a well-kent face at SSE and I am confident that with him at the helm, SSE has a bright future. The Scottish Government will continue to work with SSE to help transform our energy industry, create jobs and deliver sustainable economic growth in communities across Scotland, and I personally look forward to working with Alistair to that end.”http://www.scotland.gov.uk/News/Releases/2013/01/FM-changes-at-SSE
I wonder if he will feel the same after the huge fine just handed out to SSE
Energy supplier SSE has been fined £10.5m by the regulator Ofgem for mis-selling gas and electricity.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22011717