A new Chief Executive Officer has been appointed at Tas Gas, effective 19 October 2020.
To be based in Launceston, Phaedra Deckart will succeed Cameron Evans, Tas Gas’s CEO for the past two years.
Ms Deckhart has been a senior executive with AGL since 2015 and has been part of the transformation of the company’s energy supply portfolio across gas, power, fuel and logistics, while navigating the transition to renewables across solar, wind and battery technology.
Ms Deckhart has experience in the gas and energy sector having held various commercial positions at Santos across the domestic gas and global LNG market.
Ms Deckart said, “I am delighted to be joining Tas Gas, a business that has Tasmania at its heart and provides gas distribution and gas supply to Tasmanians to heat their homes and provide energy to their businesses.
“It is a privilege to take up this role and ensure we continue to provide this essential service to customers and grow the business from its solid foundation.
“As we look to the future and to getting the Australian economy moving again, I believe the energy sector can play a key part in the recovery.”
Tas Gas Chair, Paul Adams, said the board was pleased to have appointed someone with Ms Deckhart’s reputation and experience to lead Tas Gas through the next phase of its growth.
“We’re excited to have someone who has built such a strong reputation for advocating for the continuing role of gas as the natural partner in Australia’s energy transition and for providing a voice for the customer’s and communities that she’s served,” Mr Adams said.
“We look forward to working with Phaedra and we are confident she will help to achieve the company’s full potential over the coming years.”
Mr Adams acknowledged departing CEO, Cameron Evans’, leadership through the sale of Tas Gas to Infrastructure Capital Group and through the challenging conditions during the pandemic in 2020.
Mr Evans has overseen a period of growth for the Tas Gas business, including the establishment of the business in Victoria through the Energy for the Regions Program, the integration of Gas Pipelines Victoria and the recent sale of Enwave.
Ms Deckart will continue to serve on the Australian Gas Industry Trust Board.