Eskom CEO resigns

By Drum Digital
05 December 2013

Eskom Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Brian Dames has announced his resignation from the power utility after serving just over three years at the helm.

Eskom chairman Zola Tsotsi said  Dames was stepping down for "personal reasons" and that a search for his successor was already underway.

Dames will resign with effect from end March 2014.

His resignation follows shortly after reports that there could be further delays to the construction of the Medupi power station as a result of problems with Hitachi boiler systems, as well as the leaking of a forensic report by Bowman Gilfillan to the Sunday Times that suggested Eskom’s top management knew about the hiring of a security firm, Swartberg, to gather information on people deemed to be threats.

Dames, who was appointed CEO on July 1 2010, succeeded Jacob Maroga. He was previously head of the utility’s generation division.

He was appointed to the Eskom Executive Committee in 2004 after serving Eskom in various management positions.

He joined the utility in 1987 as a graduate in training.

He has extensive experience in electricity business, and holds a BSc (Hons), a Graduate Diploma in Utility Management from Samford (USA) and an MBA.

-Additional source EWN.

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