Emera Executive Sarah MacDonald named President and CEO of Grand Bahama Power Company

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Chris Huskilson, President and CEO, Emera Inc. announced today that Sarah MacDonald has been appointed President and CEO of the Grand Bahama Power Company.

In her current role as Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Emera and CEO of Emera Utility Services, Sarah has been working with the Emera Caribbean companies as they become part of the Emera family. This new role will allow Ms. MacDonald to focus on stabilizing and strengthening operations at GBPC.

Sarah joined Emera in 2001 as the General Manager of HR for Nova Scotia Power. She became VP HR for Emera in 2004 and was appointed Executive VP HR in 2010. Ms. MacDonald has also served as President and Chief Operating Officer, and later Chief Executive Officer, of Emera Utility Services, Emera’s utility construction affiliate, overseeing the operations and growth of that company.

“Since taking over majority interest in Grand Bahama Power Company, Emera has been making improvements to system reliability and operations.” noted Mr. Huskilson. “Sarah has the experience and leadership to ensure that improvements in reliability, customer service and safety standards continue to the benefit of GBPC’s employees and customers.”

Ms. MacDonald will concentrate her efforts on safe, efficient operations at GBPC, and oversight of the construction of GBPC’s new 52MW diesel plant, set to come online in 2012, and the installation of two leading-edge wind turbines. She will also focus on employee training and development to ensure GBPC’s workforce is skilled, knowledgeable, and ready to bring improved reliability and efficiency to all aspects of operations.

Ms. MacDonald, a native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, is married and the mother of two teenagers. She is an avid runner, having completed a number of marathons over the past few years, and has supported community sports organizations as coach of girls’ basketball. Ms. MacDonald is also a champion of employee health and wellness, having coordinated Emera employees’ participation in ‘Hearts & Minds’ programs over the past five years. She is a member of the Human Resources Association of Nova Scotia, certified Human Resources Professional and a lawyer.

“I am excited to be taking on this new role at GBPC,” said Ms. MacDonald. “I look forward to working with the management team and all employees as we continue to make improvements in reliability and customer service, and bring rate stability to the residents of Grand Bahama. It’s a beautiful island, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the GBPC team.”

Ms. MacDonald’s new position is effective immediately with a transition period before she and her family will move full time to Grand Bahama Island later this summer.