|Wellington Based Director Appointed to Vector - 17 March 2005
Warren Kyd, Chairman of the Auckland Energy Consumer Trust (AECT) today announced the appointment of Mr Robert (Bob) Thomson to the board of Vector Limited.
Mr Kyd said that Mr Thomson, an electricity industry veteran with over 40 years engineering and corporate governance experience, would fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Mr Bryan Leyland from the board.
“As Vector’s owner, the AECT is responsible for the appointment of directors to Vector’s board. Given the engineering and asset management-based nature of its businesses and importance of network security, we believe that it is extremely important for Vector’s board to have a high level of engineering representation,” said Mr Kyd.
“With his vast experience in electricity transmission and distribution, we are confident Mr Thomson will fill this role admirably.”
Mr Thomson retired after 16 years as Chief Executive of Transpower, in 2003. Since then, he has been advising the Energy Trusts of New Zealand through the transition into the industry’s new regulatory regime. He is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Engineers, and lives in Wellington.
Bob Thomson has been acting as an advisor to the Energy Trusts of New Zealand since 2004. He was the Chief Executive of Transpower from its inception in 1988 until his retirement in 2003, and prior to that held a range of management and engineering positions in the New Zealand Electricity Department. Key career achievements include the oversight and implementation of major capital works projects, including the $560m upgrading of the DC-Link between the North and South Islands, and extensive involvement in the development and establishment of the wholesale electricity market from 1993 to 1996, including membership of the Wholesale Electricity Market Development Group. He was also a board member of the Electricity Market Company from 1994 to 1998.