The head of the Economic Regulation Authority Lyndon Rowe has been appointed full-time chairman of Synergy.
Mr Rowe’s appointment is effective immediately, but no announcement has been made yet on who will take up his former post as ERA chairman.
The new ERA chair position will be a part-time role, although this will require a change to the Act which governs the ERA.
Keith Spence told Business News the four members quit the board after Energy Minister Mike Nahan intervened with a proposal to install a new chairman, and because of conflict with the remaining board members.
“Mr Rowe is the right person to position the new Synergy for the future while simultaneously ensuring the government trading enterprise maintains its critical role in underpinning the state’s energy security,” Dr Nahan said in a statement.
"The new business will continue to evolve as the state government focuses on dealing with the challenges confronting energy utilities in a changing marketplace and reducing Synergy's reliance on its operating subsidy."
He said further board appointments would be discussed and he had an open mind about who could bring certain skills and how many people the board could comprise of.
"It is likely that more appointments will be made to the existing board and we’ll discuss that and make some recommendations to the minister in due course," he said.
"I’m sure that the minister will want to consult with the board about appointment of board members."
Mr Rowe was put on gardening leave a few weeks ago before his new role was made public.
Mr Rowe said it was likely ERA business would continue as usual and one of the members would act as chair in the interim, before a new chair was appointed.
"I don’t think there’s necessarily someone in mind," he said.
Mr Rowe said making the ERA chair role part-time was his suggestion.
"That’s actually consistent with both my recommendation and with Greg Watkinson, our CEOs recommendation," he said.
"I think now the ERA is well and truly established and got the talented team it’s got in here, I think the chair’s role probably could be three days a week, rather than full time."
His appointments is also effective immediately.