Position of new Eskom Group chief executive attracts interest

August 14th, 2019, Published in Articles: EE Publishers, Articles: Energize, Articles: Vector, Featured: EE Publishers, Featured: Energize

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Mr Andy (Andries) Calitz, a highly respected leader in the global oil and gas energy sector, has confirmed to EE Publishers that he applied for the job of Group CEO of Eskom Holdings to replace outgoing Group CEO Phakamani Hadebe before the closing date of 2 August 2019.

“Given the need for due transparent process in filling this critical position for the South African economy and society, I have no further comment”, said Calitz.

Andy Calitz was educated as an electrical engineer at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, with further qualifications in commerce, management and business administration at the Harvard Business School in the United States, the University of the Witwatersrand, the University of South Africa and Insead Business School in France.

Calitz started his working career with Eskom, filling a variety of managerial and executive roles in electricity production, planning, pricing, marketing, sector restructuring and electricity transmission. He joined Shell International in 1996, working initially in the Power Group in India and on the Peruvian Camisea projects.

Calitz next he served as Shell International Gas’s Head of Business Development for Central and Eastern Europe and Russia, where he was actively involved in the Shell-Gazprom alliance, as well as energy projects in Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Poland. Then followed an assignment on gas and power in Beijing, on the strategic alliances between Shell and CNOOC and SINOPEC.

He joined the Shell International Trading and Shipping Company in 2000 as general manager for liquefied natural gas shipping. That was followed by being the commercial director of Shell-Mitsubishi-Mitsui’s Sakhalin Energy, responsible for LNG and crude oil marketing.

He then served as the Shell project director for the Shell-Chevron-ExxonMobil Australian Gorgon project. That was followed by a period in Shell head office in The Netherlands as vice-president new business development for Shell Upstream International.

Most recently Calitz was the CEO of LNG Canada, a Shell-Petronas-PetroChina-Kogas-Mitsubishi joint venture.

Others who are reportedly interested in or have been suggested for the position of the new Group CEO of Eskom Holdings include: Dan Marokane, former head group capital at Eskom; Jacob Maroga, former Eskom CEO; Brian Dames, former Eskom CEO. Mike Barnes, former CEO of the SA Post Office also indicated publicly that he would accept the position of Group CEO of Eskom Holdings if it  was offered to him, and that he was awaiting a call from the chairman and acting Group CEO of Eskom, Mr Jabu Mabuza.

Andy Calitz will be visiting South Africa from London in mid-September 2019, and will be speaking in his personal capacity at the Nedbank / EE Publishers seminar in Sandton on 18 September 2019. The seminar is the 3rd in a series of important infrastructure seminars from Nedbank and EE Publishers, this time covering the topic: “Establishing a viable gas energy sector in South Africa”.

Click here for the bio of Mr Andy (Andries) Calitz and full details on the 3rd Nedbank /EE Publishers seminar

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