Ian’s appointment is the result of a robust and thorough recruitment and selection process led by Ken Harvey, Pennon Group’s Chairman and supported by the Group’s Nominations Committee. Ian will take over from Colin Drummond who announced his intended retirement in March of this year.
Ken Harvey said “I am delighted to welcome Ian to Pennon Group. He brings with him extensive experience of developing and delivering large scale, capital intensive infrastructure projects in both regulated and unregulated businesses and management of major complex organisations, which I believe will prove invaluable to the Company.”
Ian is currently Chief of Global Strategy and Corporate Development with MWH Global based in the US. His responsibilities include company strategic planning and execution; corporate development; mergers and acquisitions; and operational management of MWH’s ResourceNet business in Pune, India.
Previously he was the Managing Director, Capital Programmes, at United Utilities where he was the executive director responsible for management of the regulated capital programme and the company’s non-regulated water portfolio. Ian started his career as a consulting civil engineer and held a number of positions with Crouch and Hogg in Glasgow and subsequently Montgomery Watson which merged in 2001 with Harza to form MWH Global.
Also welcoming Ian into the business, Colin Drummond, Viridor’s retiring Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted with Ian’s appointment to lead Viridor on the next stage of its growth and to continue the development of its strategy. Viridor has secured an enviable pipeline of public private partnerships and a £1.5bn investment programme building green infrastructure to maximise recycling and energy generation from waste. The knowledge and experience Ian brings to the business, together with the talent and skills we already have within the company, will confirm Viridor’s position as one of the UK’s leading recycling, renewable energy and waste management companies.”
Ian is a chartered civil engineer, has a degree in civil engineering and has successfully completed the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Programme and Cambridge University’s Business and Environment Programme.
Following Ian’s appointment, and as previously announced on 13 March 2013, Colin Drummond will retire as Chief Executive and will take up the position of Non-executive Chairman of Viridor.