A personal message from Steve Holliday
After 14 very happy and amazing years at National Grid, I have today announced that next April I will step down as CEO and retire from the company in July 2016.
Leading this business for the last 10 years has been a privilege. I tell so many people that it is the best job to be at the heart of something so important to society and I continue to be excited by what this company has and can still achieve. But the time is right to pass on this opportunity to someone else.
I am delighted that my successor is John Pettigrew, who shares the same passion as I do for this business and will have the credibility and confidence of the industry. His tenure in the US as Executive Vice President for the Electricity Distribution & Generation business between 2007 and 2010 and his leadership in the UK means he has the best credentials to understand our opportunities and challenges on both sides of the Atlantic and lead National Grid into the next chapter of its success.
During the last decade, National Grid has achieved great things and the company has become one of the largest and most respected utilities in the world. We have championed much, but for me the move to a new cleaner energy world and our work with the young and disadvantaged on both sides of the Atlantic has been very rewarding. I was especially proud when last year we were named “Responsible Business of the Year”. We have set high standards for ourselves and I know the company will continue to meet and exceed those expectations.
I have truly loved this job and the best part has undoubtedly been the pleasure of meeting and working with so many great people. We talk so much about growing our talent and I see so much of that talent in National Grid. We need to keep developing our ability to attract and grow the best people. I am so proud that we can demonstrate this in John’s appointment who joined in 1991 as a graduate and will become CEO next year.
Anyway I’m not leaving quite yet and look forward to catching up soon.