AGL has announced that it will lose another senior member of staff, with Chief Economist Tim Nelson moving on to the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) after 13 years with the company.

Shortly after the abrupt departure of CEO Andy Vesey, Mr Nelson has taken up a new role as Executive General Manager Economic Analysis with the AEMC. The AEMC also announced that it will appoint a new Executive General Manager Retail and Wholesale Markets, with David Feeney moving into the role from Telstra.

Mr Feeney will lead the team responsible for reviews and rule changes relating to the competitive parts of Australia’s electricity and gas sectors, while Mr Nelson is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the economic analysis team.

“These appointments add to the AEMC’s strategic and analytical capabilities, particularly in terms of wide-ranging commercial experience and energy policy development,” said AEMC Chief Executive, Anne Pearson.

“The public policy conversation has big questions to answer as new technologies and consumer choices drive structural change further into the energy sector. We welcome Tim and David to the commission’s leadership team and look forward to working with them as we continue to produce rules and advice to the high standards expected by our stakeholders.”

While working as the Chief Economist at AGL, Mr Nelson managed the company’s public policy advocacy, as well as sustainability and strategy. Previous to starting with AGL in 2005, he worked alongside the NSW Government and Reserve Bank of Australia.

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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