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Centrica plc is pleased to announce the appointment of Catherine O’Kelly as Managing Director, British Gas Energy. Catherine, who is currently on maternity leave, will take over from Peter Simon with effect from September 2021.

Catherine Ok

"It is a great privilege to have been appointed to lead British Gas Energy. We have a solid foundation to build on, and I am excited by how we are working to serve our customers differently and more simply. We have a fantastic team of highly skilled and capable people, and I look forward to working with them and Chris to continue the turnaround of the business."

Catherine O’Kelly, incoming Managing Director for British Gas Energy

Catherine has been with Centrica since 2011, where she has held positions of increasing seniority, most recently successfully leading Bord Gáis Energy in Ireland for two years. Under Catherine’s leadership, profitability in Bord Gáis grew, new products and services were introduced to Irish customers and the business invested in delivering better customer outcomes.

Chris O’Shea, Centrica Group Chief Executive, said: “I am excited to welcome Catherine back after her maternity leave and firmly believe she will build on the early progress we have made in turning around British Gas Energy.  As a leader, she combines great customer focus and commercial experience with a genuine passion for engaging and developing her teams. Peter leaves with my sincere thanks for all the work he has done over the last three years, and we wish him all the best in the future.”