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Via Kristy Dorsey

Crawford Gillies, a Scottish Enterprise heavyweight, has announced that at the end of this month he will step down as Senior Independent Director at SSE.

The former chairman of Scottish Business and the British Industry Confederation has worked on the board of SSE for more than five years, holding important roles in the audit, remuneration, appointment and energy sector risk committees. He will be succeeded by Tony Cocker, who joined the Board as a Non-Executive in May 2018, as Senior Independent Director.

Tony Cocker held senior positions at both Powergen and EON, and was President of Affinity Water and Infinis more recently. He is also president of the Energy Markets Risk Committee of SSE.

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“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on SSE’s board and am proud of the significant strategic progress the company has made over the past five years,” Gillies said. “The remaining board members and senior management team are well positioned to build on that progress and achieve the company’s vision of being a leading energy company in a net-zero world.”

For the year to March, the company announced a 55 percent decline in pretax profit after agreeing to divest its U.K. To concentrate on renewable energy generation and power grid operations, residential utility sector. Of the £ 500 million sale of its household goods business to Ovo, the company reported an exceptional loss of £ 227 million.

Mr. Gillies is currently Edrington’s chairman, having joined the board of the Whisky Company in February 2017. He is also a senior independent director at Barclays, where he heads the remuneration committee of the banking sector.

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Richard Gillingwater, Chairman, said Mr. Gillies left SSE “with our best wishes for the future”

“On behalf of the board, I would like to thank Crawford for the significant expertise, advice and independent challenge he brought during his tenure,” he said. “His strategic thinking and commercial acumen have informed many of our discussions and decisions.”


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