Two top executives leave Eskom

By Drum Digital
24 September 2014

Steve Lennon, group executive sustainability, and Erica Johnson, group executive enterprise development and acting group executive of customer services of Eskom have resigned.

The resignations have dealt a blow to the state utility’s executive committee. The announcement comes just before the new chief executive takes his place.

Johnson's last day will be on October 31 2014, while Lennon is expected to leave Eskom at the end of March 2015.

Lennon joined Eskom in 1983 and Johnson has been with the utility since 1994.

“On behalf of the executive management committee and all Eskom guardians, I would like to thank them all for their contributions and wish them well on the future endeavors,” acting chief executive Matjila wrote.

The two resignations mean two experienced executives, in charge of three portfolios, will exit the company adding pressure to the executive committee.

The exco consists of nine executives, in charge of 11 portfolios – five of which are currently being handled in an acting capacity.

Speaking to the Mail & Guardian from New York, Lennon said discussions about his resignation had started early in the year.

“It’s personal plans I’ve had for long time. I’m ready for a change,” he said, adding he would explore new horizons but could not divulge further detail. Asked if his resignation was in any way connected to Matjila being selected as acting chief executive over him Lennon said: “I’d rather not comment.”

“I’ve had a great time at Eskom and I intend to spend the next six months or so with the new chief executive”.


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