Sharron Kennedy has been appointed permanent
chief information officer at Energy Australia after acting in the
position in an interim capacity for some months.
A spokesperson for the state-owned energy utility confirmed
the move in an e-mail to ZDNet Australia this afternoon, saying the appointment was made official in late June.
Kennedy is the former CIO of the NSW Department of
The appointment finally puts paid to a lengthy executive
search process for Energy Australia after the previous CIO Jerry
Sadlowski left sometime after September last year.
It is understood Kennedy and a number of other
interim CIOs have acted in the role since that time.
Energy Australia advertised the position several months ago, stipulating the successful candidate would be employed under a five-year contract.
Kennedy will oversee a large IT resource, with the utility
employing some 250 technology staff.
One of her key priorities will be to create an
organisation-wide strategic IT plan, which will determine the
business cases for new technology solutions at the company.
Kennedy will report to the general manager, finance and corporate, and to the IT steering committee. The committee was set up last year to improve governance.
Energy Australia is one of the nation's largest energy utilities with around 1.5 million residential and business customers. The company operates an electricity network in Sydney in addition to the Central Coast and Hunter regions.
ZDNet Australia's Steven Deare contributed to this article.