Our Executive Leadership Team
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AEMO’s Executive Leadership Team is profiled below.
Audrey Zibelman, Chief Executive Officer
Audrey joined AEMO as Chief Executive Officer on 20 March 2017. Audrey has extensive international experience in the public, private and not-for profit energy sectors, most recently having held the position of Chair of the New York State Public Service Commission (NYPSC), where she was responsible for overseeing the regulation and safety of New York’s electricity, gas, telephone, cable, water and steam utilities. Prior to joining NYPSC, Ms Zibelman was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of GO15 member organisation, PJM, a system operator organisation responsible for operating the power grid and wholesale power market which serves 14 states across the eastern United States. Ms Zibelman is also a Founder and past President and Chief Executive Officer of Viridity Energy, Inc., which she formed after more than 25 years of electricity utility industry leadership experience in both the public and private sectors.
David Swift, Advisor to CEO
David Swift has accrued a wealth of energy industry experience from having worked in the sector for the last 30 years. In his most recent position prior to joining AEMO, David provided expert electricity advice to the South Australian Government as the Chief Executive of the Electricity Supply Industry Planning Council of South Australia (ESIPC).
Damien Sanford (Acting), Operations
Damien Sanford is currently acting in the role of Executive General Manager (EGM), Operations. Damien has led various operational functions within AEMO over the past decade, including most recently management roles in real-time electricity and gas operations.
Jack Fitcher, Corporate Services
Jack is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of AEMO and leads the Corporate Services department. Before his appointment to the position of CFO, Jack was AEMO's Group Manager of Commercial Services, with responsibility for AEMO's finance, property, and insurance functions. Before joining AEMO, Jack was the Finance and Risk Manager at VENCorp. Jack has also held finance roles in the tourism and retail industries.
Peter Geers, Markets
Peter is the Executive General Manager (EGM) of Markets, a department that looks at the financial operation of, and transactions across, Australia’s gas and electricity markets. Peter joined the ELT following his work as Group Manager of AEMO's Markets and Business Strategy divisions, and has a wealth of experience in the energy industry. Peter is passionate about ensuring AEMO adapts to changes in the energy industry, and is keen to use his experience in people management to progress work that helps AEMO remain agile and responsive.
Brett Hausler, Governance
Brett is AEMO's Company Secretary, General Counsel, and the Executive General Manager (EGM) of Governance, which manages legal, risk, and compliance frameworks across AEMO. Brett has worked in the energy industry since 1994 and, before joining AEMO, was the General Manager, Corporate Services, at the National Electricity Market Management Company (NEMMCO). Before this, he worked in various corporate roles and in private practice.
Karen Olesnicky (Interim), Technology
Karen served as the Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AEMO after the sudden passing of former Chief Executive Officer, Matt Zema in July 2016. Karen served as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the first five years of AEMO's operations, and has also lead significant changes in other senior executive roles, including the Chief Information Officer (CIO), People and Culture and Stakeholder and Information functions.
Joe Adamo (Acting), Public Affairs
Joe Adamo is currently acting in the role of Executive General Manager (EGM), Public Affairs after leading the Stakeholders and Information function since mid-2016. Joe has more than 15 years of experience working in the corporate and public affairs sector, occupying various consulting and in-house corporate roles, with more than half his career centred within the energy sector.
Sally Pritchard (Interim), People and Culture
Sally Pritchard is currently acting in the role of Executive General Manager (EGM), People and Culture. Sally is a Principal with Nous Group and the Organisational Capability Practice Leader. She has extensive experience in the organisational capability arena, having spent the last 16 years in consulting as a specialist in talent management, culture and change and broader workforce capability and organisational development.
Cameron Parrotte, Strategy and Innovation
Cameron is the Executive General Manager (EGM) – Strategy and Innovation. In January 2016, Cameron was seconded to AEMO to focus on the transfer of System Management out of Western Power to AEMO. From April 2016, he began acting in the AEMO Executive General Manager Western Australia role and was formally appointed in July 2016. In this role Cameron provided leadership to the WA market operations, implementation of Electricity Market Review initiatives and accountability for system management. Prior to his role at AEMO, Cameron held various leadership roles in Western Power.