SIEA is pleased to announce that it has a new Chief Executive Officer, Mr Pradip Verma and a new Capital Works Project Manager, Mr. Mark Greenaway. They took up office on November 24th 2014 and December 8th, 2014, respectively. The Chairman of SIEA Board formally introduced and welcomed Messrs.’ Verma and Greenaway in a Cocktail function organized by SIEA at the Heritage Park Hotel to its stakeholders and major customers.
Mr. Verma has 36 years of experience in the Electricity Industry across electricity transmission and distribution in India, Bahrain, Algeria and Australia, including 17 years in senior management. Mr. Verma holds a Bachelor of Engineering Honors Degree (Electrical and Electronics Engineering) from BITS, Pilani, India; a Master’s Degree in Business Management from LaTrobe University, Australia. Mr. Verma affiliates to the following Professional Affiliations: Graduate Member of Australia Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), Chartered Professional Engineer, Engineers Australia, ENA’s representative on Standards Australia Committee EL008 Power Transformers and Member on CIGRE panel – APBI – Insulated cables. His previous role was with Transend Engineering and Asset Services as General Manager where he was responsible for a team of 44 in three asset type departments to ensure that key business objectives are delivered whilst creating a positive and constructive culture. Mr. Verma’s wife, Trupta & children are very supportive of his move to Solomon Islands. “I am honored to be the first CEO of SIEA and look forward to lead SIEA into its next phase of growth.” said Mr. Verma.
Mr. Mark Greenaway has 36 years of technical experience in various positions. His last experience was as General Manager of Operations in the Midwest Vanadium Pty Ltd in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia. Mr. Greenaway holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering Technology-Trans disciplinary and a Master’s Degree in Project Management from the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). He is married with four children and two grandchildren.
The Chairman of the SIEA Board, Mr. Adrian Wickham said, “We are pleased to have Pradip and Mark on board. We are fortunate to have people of their caliber and experience.”
2014 has been a very busy year for the Authority with introduction of Cash Power Top up on mobile, upgrades on all Outstation Generators, Honiara Power House upgrades and commissioning of new Caterpillar generators, the Solar Panel Garage, New Billing System, New Switch Gear for Honiara Power house,and the commencement of rebuilding the Lungga Power Station. Amongst these landmark changes is the change in Leadership, with the arrival of the new CEO, who replaces Norman Nicholls, the former General Manager, whose contract lapsed in November of this year.
SIEA also announced its short term plans for 2015 which include commissioning its’ four 2.5 Megawatts Generator and open its New Lungga Power Station, roll out of SMART Meters to its Postpaid customers and Rebranding.