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.
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 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.
“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.
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