Notes to Editors
About DONG Energy:
DONG Energy (NASDAQ OMX: DENERG) is one of Northern Europe's leading energy groups and is headquartered in Denmark. Around 6,200 ambitious employees, including over 850 in the UK, develop, construct and operate offshore wind farms, generate power and heat from our power stations as well as supply and trade in energy to wholesale, business and residential customers. In addition, we produce oil and gas, and a process has been initiated to divest this business unit. The continuing part of the Group has approximately 5,800 employees and generated a revenue in 2016 of DKK 61 billion (EUR 8.2 billion). For further information, see www.dongenergy.co.uk or follow us @DONGEnergyUK on Twitter.
Henrik Poulsen, CEO of DONG Energy, said:
"Brent Cheshire has played an absolutely fundamental role in the significant growth and success of our UK business and I'm enormously grateful for his leadership, passion and dedication over the past 13 years. Brent has left the UK business in a fantastic position and I thank him for everything he's done for DONG Energy.
"This is an exciting time for our UK operation with four new offshore wind farms under construction and our first-ever REnescience bioenergy plant set to open later this year as well. I'm delighted that Matthew Wright will be joining us to continue building on this success."
Prior to joining DONG Energy as the first UK employee, Brent Cheshire worked for Amerada Hess Corporation filling a number of senior positions, latterly as Senior Vice President for E&P Worldwide Technology. He previously spent 14 years with Shell International Petroleum.
Matthew Wright joins the company from Southern Water to head DONG Energy's largest international market and will work with Brent Cheshire from 1 May 2017 to ensure a smooth leadership transition. He will take over the role as Managing Director of DONG Energy UK on 1 June.
Matthew Wright biography:
2011 – 2017: Southern Water, UK. Chief Executive Officer.
2007 – 2011: United Utilities, UK. Various senior management positions.
1987 – 2006: Scottish Power, UK and the US. Various senior management positions.
BA Geography, University of Portsmouth, UK.
MBA, University of Hull, UK.