Energy industry heavyweight Ivan Slavich will become the new chief executive of energy management technology and services company Energy Action, effective 3 April 2017.

The move is part of a push by the company to grow its operations and take advantage of an increasing need for its services due to energy market volatility.

Slavich, a Canberra-based senior executive has 22 years’ experience in the energy, telecommunications and consulting sectors, was most recently managing director of TRIDENT Corporate Services, which provides management consulting services to government departments and small-to-medium businesses.

Prior positions include chief executive of TransACT Communications, head of retail at ActewAGL, and manager finance and administration at AGL. 

“The board is delighted that Ivan has agreed to become our next chief executive,” Energy Action chair Murray Bleach said.

“Ivan’s strong leadership and strategic capability, combined with his extensive energy industry and sales and marketing expertise make him the ideal person to lead the company through its next stage of growth. Ivan’s immediate focus will be on driving improved commercial outcomes.”

Mr Slavich said given the current energy market volatility, demand-side energy management strategies were becoming increasingly important for business and government.

“Much has been said on the supply side in terms of a new gas peaking plant in SA, battery storage in SA by Tesla, an upgrade of the Snowy Hydro facility, but very little has been said in terms of the demand side equation,” he said. 

“As a leading listed national energy advisory business, Energy Action is uniquely placed to play a key role in ensuring that customers are making the right decisions to manage their associated energy risks and opportunities. Demand side management, renewable energy generation projects and micro-grid management as the Embedded Network Manager are key strengths for Energy Action.”  

He said his extensive experience in the national utilities market and advising federal and state governments on strategy and business operations would help in his push to grow Energy Action’s operations.

“I will leverage my considerable experience in establishing and growing utilities businesses and advising governments and businesses on management strategies to ensure Energy Action is well placed to continue to grow its footprint in the Australian market and deliver improved returns to its shareholders.

“I look forward to leading the team to great success in the future.”

Mr Slavich replaces Scott Wooldridge who was in the role for three years.

Energy Action provides energy procurement, contract management and energy reporting, as well projects and advisory services (incorporating Exergy).

It launched in 2000 as Energy Auctions and has grown to more than 160 employees. The business is currently in the process of hiring more people – mostly replacements.

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