Rob Bennett has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Nova Scotia Power Inc. He was most recently Executive Vice President, Revenue and Sustainability, and he succeeds Ralph Tedesco as part of a planned leadership transition. Tedesco, who has been Nova Scotia Power's chief executive for the past five years, has been appointed Vice Chair of the Board.
John McLennan, Chair of the Board, noted several major achievements during Tedesco's tenure, including reduction in emissions of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides; renewable energy contracts for more than 240 megawatts of new generation; the investment of millions of dollars to help customers, including those with low incomes, manage their energy bills; and a significant improvement in the company's cash flow.
Bennett returned to Nova Scotia Power in September 2007 after serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of Bangor Hydro-Electric Company. He began his career with Nova Scotia Power in 1988 as a staff engineer, serving in several senior operational and management positions before moving to Maine following Emera Inc.'s acquisition of Bangor Hydro in 2002.
He is a Registered Professional Engineer with an undergraduate degree from St. Francis Xavier University and an engineering degree from the DalTech School of Engineering in Halifax. He was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce and also serves as a director of Children's Wish Foundation.