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The Australian Energy Council (AEC) has appointed Sarah McNamara as the new Chief Executive following the announcement that Matthew Warren who steps down on 2 July 2018.

Sarah will take on the position from July 2018, succeeding Mr Warren who is leaving after more than six years heading up the energy industry’s peak body.

AEC Chairman, Jeff Dimery, said the Board was delighted to have someone of Ms McNamara’s calibre succeed Mr Warren.

“Sarah has more than a decade’s experience working with policy and regulatory frameworks across the energy sector. She has advised the highest levels of government on energy policy and advocated for the industry at both the peak body level and through her previous role with AGL,” Mr Dimery said.

“Her appointment provides important continuity to the role having worked in the AEC Secretariat for the past two years.”

Ms McNamara joined the AEC as General Manager, Corporate Affairs in January 2016.

Mr Dimery praised the contribution of Mr Warren to the industry and policy debate.

“Matthew has been instrumental in the energy industry’s advocacy during a critical period. He has been a prominent voice in Australia’s energy and climate debates for many years.”

Mr Warren led the Energy Supply Association of Australia from 2012 and was subsequently appointed the inaugural Chief Executive of the Australian Energy Council in December 2015.

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