Brent Cheshire, DONG Energy’s U.K. chairman, is retiring in June after 13 years with the company. In turn, Matthew Wright, CEO of Southern Water, has been appointed managing director of DONG Energy U.K.
According to the company, Cheshire was DONG Energy’s first U.K. employee back in 2004. Under his leadership, the business has expanded to 850 employees in the country.
Prior to joining DONG Energy, Cheshire worked for Amerada Hess Corp. in a number of senior positions and latterly served as senior vice president for E&P Worldwide Technology. He previously spent 14 years with Shell International Petroleum.
Wright, who has 20 years of experience in the energy business, will work with Cheshire from May 1 to ensure a smooth transition. Wright will officially take on the new role starting June 1.
“It’s been a great honor and privilege to lead DONG Energy’s U.K. business for 13 amazing years,” says Cheshire. “Having started up the U.K. operation back in 2004, I’ve seen incredible growth and change, and I’m immensely proud of where the business is standing today.
“My career started in oil and gas, so to end up retiring from the U.K.’s leading offshore wind business has been quite a transformation for me personally,” he continues. “DONG Energy has invested billions into the U.K. already, and the business is in great shape to continue leading the energy transformation for many years to come. I wish everyone at DONG Energy the very best for what I’m sure will be a hugely exciting future ahead.”