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Western Power has appointed a new CEO following an extensive recruitment process.

Western Power announced that Ed Kalajzic had been awarded the role.

Board Chair, Colin Beckett, said Mr Kalajzic stood out as the most qualified candidate to lead Western Power.

“Mr Kalajzic’s strong record of leadership and experience, his drive, and detailed knowledge of the Western Australian business landscape clearly demonstrated to us he is the right person to lead the company,” Mr Beckett said. 

“I take this opportunity to thank our Acting CEO Dave Fyfe for his fine leadership during the COVID-19 crisis. Western Power under Dave’s stewardship has earned high marks around the country for a steady approach to business during very uncertain times.”

As required by the Electricity Corporations Act 2005, the Western Australian Minister for Energy, Bill Johnston, confirmed his agreement with the Board’s decision.

Mr Kalajzic, who has been Western Power’s Chief Financial Officer since October 2019, said it was a great honour to lead one of Western Australia’s major companies during a period of significant change.

“I don’t think you could imagine a more disruptive time to take the helm of a business,” Mr Kalajzic said. 

“But I’ve been so impressed by the way our 2800-odd staff members have risen to the challenge of the times and adopted new and innovative ways to keep the lights on for our 2.3 million customers.

“I’ve seen this innovation in many areas during my time so far at Western Power, and that gives me confidence we can continue to be the trusted energy source for Western Australians for decades to come.”

Mr Kalajzic commenced at Western Power in October 2019 as Chief Financial Officer and is experienced in financial and strategic management skills, as well as capital management, strategic planning, finance, accounting, business transformation.

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