AGL has announced the appointment of a new Executive General Manager, New Energy, and the intention to appoint a new Non-Executive Director following the retirement of director, Bruce Phillips.

Elisabeth Brinton will take over the position of Executive General Manager, New Energy commencing mid-September 2016 and Diane Smith-Gander will replace Bruce Phillips as Non-Executive Director upon his retirement at the end of September 2016.

AGL Managing Director and CEO Andy Vesey said he was pleased to be bringing someone with Ms Brinton’s expertise and talent to the company.

“Elisabeth is well regarded in the field and is a strong leader with a proven track record of successful innovation, execution and value creation across multiple industries,” Mr Versey said.

“Her contribution will add to the depth of talent and skill at the executive level and be an advantage to AGL as both it and the industry undergo transformation.”

Ms Brinton has more than 25 years of experience growing companies and leading innovation across sectors including energy, technology, consumer food products and agriculture.

Ms Smith-Gander will also stand for election at the Annual General Meeting in September and, subject to approval by AGL’s shareholders, her appointment will take effect immediately after.

Ms Smith-Gander is currently Chairman of infrastructure services company Broadspectrum, a role from which she will retire following its takeover by Ferrovial.

Ms Smith-Gander is also a Non-Executive Director of diversified conglomerate Wesfarmers Limited and President of Chief Executive Women and Chair of Safe Work Australia.

Her prior board experience includes roles as a Commissioner of Tourism Western Australia, Non-Executive Director of Australia’s largest cooperative, CBH Group, and Deputy Chairman of NBN Co Limited.

“We are delighted to announce our intention to appoint Diane as a Non-Executive Director of AGL,” AGL Chairman Jerry Maycock said.

“She will bring extensive and diverse expertise from her board and executive career in technology, operations, large-scale commodities and major transformation projects.

“Given the proximity of the AGM, the Board has decided to put Diane’s appointment directly to shareholders for approval. The Board has unanimously recommended that shareholders approve her appointment.

Mr Maycock also thanked Bruce Phillips for his service to the Board.

“Bruce has made a very strong contribution to a wide range of strategic and operational matters since his appointment in August 2007 and we wish him the best for the future.”

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