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John Hooper appointed SunWater General Manager Corporate


Accomplished senior finance executive, John Hooper, will join SunWater mid-July as General Manager Corporate, leading the company’s corporate functions.

Mr Hooper brings a diversity of industry experience from the energy, telecommunications, shipping and manufacturing sectors, in Australia and New Zealand, where he worked for large private and government owned corporations, and small privately owned business in a variety of roles.

Most recently, Mr Hooper was Executive General Manager Corporate Services for an Australian disability services provider; prior to that he was Chief Financial Officer for Queensland electricity distribution and retail company Ergon Energy.

Mr Hooper served more than 13 years at Telstra Corporation where he held senior positions including Chief Financial Officer of TelstraClear NZ, General Manager of North Queensland Telstra Country Wide, and General Manager of Business and Commercial Telstra Wholesale.

SunWater CEO Nicole Hollows said: “Mr Hooper’s strong commercial background will be an asset to SunWater’s executive team. This is underpinned by his diverse business experience, commercial knowledge and strong record in fiscal management.”

“His track record in leading customer-focused improvements and building a customer service culture will complement SunWater’s objectives to remain agile and responsive in an ever-changing industry,” said Ms Hollows.

“As a result of the experiences gained in a number of regionally based organisations - in particular Telstra Countrywide and Ergon Energy - he understands regional issues and will play an integral role in further strengthening SunWater’s regional partnerships,” she said.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Chartered Practicing Accountants, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University.

Mr Hooper replaces Geoff White, who has held the position since 2004 and will retire from a 43 year career in professional accounting and finance on 30 June 2016.

Ms Hollows thanked Mr White for his leadership of the Finance and Corporate Services teams, which deliver outstanding service and results to the business.

“Mr White is leaving SunWater in very good financial shape having laid strong foundations in accounting, insurance and corporate services,” she said.

“As well as being a leader in our financial services areas for more than 12 years, Geoff has demonstrated an acute understanding of the engineering principles that drive the organisation and has provided advice and direction that has helped to shape the success of SunWater.”

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