The 2020 Energy Networks Australia (ENA) Industry Contribution Award winner has been revealed.

Endeavour Energy Deputy Chief Executive Officer and industry veteran, Rod Howard, received the award, and was recognised for his 47 years’ service at Endeavour Energy as well as his significant contribution to the industry and its transformation.

Well known and highly regarded in the electricity sector at home and overseas, Mr Howard has also served as Chairman of the Electricity and Water Ombudsman Network in NSW and worked with the Malaysian Government and World Bank in India on energy projects.

His long and successful career has also been recognised with a prestigious NSW Government Public Service Medal for service to the electricity industry.

ENA Chair, Tim Rourke, presented the award to Mr Howard during a virtual awards ceremony.

ENA Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Dillon, said the Industry Contribution Award was an opportunity to recognise an individual for exceptional contribution to the networks sector.

“Rod chaired the ENA/CSIRO group who charted an industry-wide roadmap to a low-carbon, customer-centred future,” Mr Dillon said.

“After serving as a member of Endeavour Energy’s executive leadership team for 27 years and now as Deputy CEO, Rod is incredibly deserving of this award.

“His work has seen Endeavour transition from a monopoly network provider to a high-performing, efficient, people-centred business, dedicated to powering a better future for all.”

Endeavour Energy CEO and ENA Board Director, Guy Chalkley, said Mr Howard was known as a person of tremendous integrity and professionalism.

“As Chief Operating Officer, Rod led Endeavour Energy in its highly successful transition from public to private ownership,” Mr Chalkley said.

“Rod’s steady and strategic response to incidents including bushfires and floods over many years is to be highly commended.”

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