Centrica plc has appointed Iain Conn as Chief Executive with effect from 1 January 2015, at which point he will join the Centrica plc Board. Conn will succeed Sam Laidlaw who will retire from the Board on 31 December 2014.
Conn will join from BP plc where he has been Chief Executive, Downstream, BP’s refining and marketing division, for the past seven years. In this role he is responsible for running BP’s customer-facing activities in the fuels, lubricants and petrochemicals sectors. This involves all manufacturing, supply, optimisation and marketing activities in support of both business and retail customers and includes shaping one of the world’s leading retail businesses, with 18,000 service stations in 70 countries, serving an estimated 12 million customers every day.
Conn has been a Board member of BP since 2004 and has previously held a number of senior roles throughout the business including in trading, exploration and production, and management of corporate functions such as safety and human resources.
Rick Haythornthwaite, Chairman of Centrica said: “Sam has shown exceptional leadership over the past eight years. Under his stewardship Centrica has achieved strength and scale which is of great benefit to the UK as we secure the future energy needs of our customers in an increasingly international gas market. I would like to thank Sam on behalf of the Board, shareholders, customers and our people for his enormous commitment and contribution to Centrica.”
“Iain will bring an impressive combination of experience to our business. He heads a global consumer brand familiar to millions of people and he also possesses a deep understanding of the energy sector built up over a lifetime in the industry. His breadth of knowledge and commitment to customers and safety make him ideally suited to lead Centrica in the next phase of its development.”
Sam Laidlaw, Chief Executive of Centrica said:
“It has been a privilege to lead Centrica at a time of huge change in global energy markets, with all the challenges we face in terms of affordability, security of supply and the need to reduce carbon emissions. My aim has always been to help create a leading integrated energy company capable of meeting those demands while keeping customers and the communities we serve at the heart of what we do. Much remains to be done in the rest of the year but I am enormously appreciative of the unstinting work and support of my 37,000 colleagues who all contribute to Centrica’s success.”
Iain Conn, Chief Executive Designate of Centrica said:
“I am excited to be joining Centrica, a company which is leading the way in the provision of secure and reliable energy and services to customers in the UK and North America. Centrica also has a major responsibility for long-term energy supplies, particularly for the UK. I recognise the challenges which we face in rebuilding customer trust in the sector and helping to create an effective and sustainable approach to energy markets. I look forward to playing my part, along with all of Centrica’s people, in striving to achieve these goals.”
Upon appointmennnt,Co will also become Chairman of the Executive and Disclosure Committees and a member of the Corporate Responsibility Committee.