22/11/2018 - 14:54

Donovan tapped as Water Corp CEO

22/11/2018 - 14:54

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Former ATCO Gas Australia president Pat Donovan has been announced as the new chief executive of the Water Corporation, replacing Sue Murphy after a 10-year tenure.

Donovan tapped as Water Corp CEO
Pat Donovan is the Water Corp's new CEO.

Former ATCO Australia president Pat Donovan has been announced as the new chief executive of the Water Corporation, replacing Sue Murphy after a 10-year tenure.

Ms Murphy, who was only the second person to fill the top job since the organisation was established in 1996, will step down at the end of the year.

Mr Donovan, who has been the Water Corporation’s general manager of operations since August 2018, was appointed for a term of five years.

Mr Donovan has more than 25 years' experience in the gas utility sector, beginning his career in Ireland before joining Alinta Energy in 2003.

After six years at Alinta he became the chief operating officer at WA Gas Networks, before assuming the same role at ATCO Australia and eventually being promoted to the presidency in 2015, after three years at the company.  

Mr Donovan has qualifications in engineering and finance, and has also completed an Ivey Business Executive Program at Western University in Canada.

Water Corporation chairman Mike Hollett said Mr Donovan would bring the necessary engineering background and leadership qualities to succeed in the role.

“With a track record of delivery, his high integrity, values driven approach and ability to connect with people, the board is confident he will lead the Water Corporation to deliver on our new vision,” Mr Hollett said.

Water Minister Dave Kelly said Mr Donovan had a proven track record of achieving success in the Western Australian utility sector.

Mr Kelly also praised Ms Murphy’s service in the role, during which she was awarded Australia’s top civil engineer in 2013.

Ms Murphy was also the first female director of Clough Group.

“As a successful and strong female leader, she has been a role model to women in the public sector and broader community,” Mr Kelly said

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